Hot Air has a good account, along with the video, of Meghan McCain’s recent appearance on Seth Meyers late-night talk show.
Meyers chose to engage the daughter of the late senator and war hero John McCain about Ilhan Omar’s antisemitism, or rather McCain’s criticism of the same.
Meyers suggested that McCain should knock it off.
McCain seemed genuinely shocked at what Meyers was saying, which is strange since she is a self-described conservative woman who has been embedded in the hostile territory of the main stream media.
She, after all, jousts with Joy Behar five days a week for a living.
Being told stupid and insane things by a liberal should be expected.
Ms. McCain should have been more prepared.
The problem with the decline of late-night entertainment is that it is no longer entertaining or funny.
People like Jay Leno or the impish Craig Ferguson, when they touched politics at all, found the absurdity on both sides of the aisle.
Leno once explained it best when he suggested that he would find one quality of a politician and do endless jokes about it.
George W. Bush was a dumb frat boy.
Bill Clinton was a sex crazed maniac.
Now late-night monologues tend to be left-wing political rants, funny no doubt to the people who agree with them, not so much to everyone else.
Jon Stewart, before he left late-night to become an independent film director and was never seen again, pioneered the technique.
Also, no one was able to make jokes about Barack Obama for fear of being called a racist.
That last is related to Meyers discomfort at Ilhan Omar being called out for antisemitic rants, the latest being her blaming Israel for Hamas rocket attacks.
One gets the idea that if the same words had come out of the mouth of a skinhead white nationalist, goose stepping under a swastika, Meyers would have been all over it and would have blamed President Trump for it.
But because Ilhan Omar is a Muslim, a woman of color, and a refugee, she gets a pass from people like Meyers. Meghan McCain should have expected that would happen and should have had a ready response.
Meghan McCain is in many ways both an appealing and problematic character.
She parleyed the fact that she is the youngest daughter of John McCain, a flamboyant man who might have been president if he could have governed his ego and had learned about running on the national stage, into a successful career as a television pundit.
Unlike Chelsea Clinton, McCain has offered some value to her media appearances.
She never fails to entertain, even when she is the only woman with even a modicum of sanity and intelligence on The View.
Meghan McCain shares her late father’s sense of ego and even greater sense of vendetta.
She blamed Sarah Palin for her father’s defeat at the hands of Barack Obama in 2008, a strange notion considering that the then governor of Alaska provided what excitement the McCain campaign was able to muster.
McCain, along with her family, is reported to be bent on supporting Joe Biden for president out of an understandable personal feud they harbor against President Trump.
Trump denigrated McCain’s heroics, suggesting that he preferred heroes who avoid being captured.
As he was dying, Senator McCain betrayed his constituents and the American people by providing the decisive vote against a bill that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare.
His motivation seemed to be pure malice.
The behavior of Senator McCain and the family he left behind contrasts with that of Sen. Ted Cruz.
Cruz was offered even greater insults by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, especially the suggestion that Cruz’s father somehow killed JFK.
Cruz erupted in righteous indignation during the Republican convention.
However, after Trump won the election, Cruz made his peace with him.
No one knows whether Trump offered a private apology, but Cruz now has the president as an ally rather than an enemy, an important thing considering that Cruz is still a young man with ambitions.
Meghan McCain should consider Cruz’s example when she is contemplating coming out in favor of Joe Biden.
Such an overt move will have people shaking their heads and thinking like father like daughter.
Sometimes having the courage to be loyal is difficult but can have sweet rewards.