It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
This week’s fail was brought to you by everyone who personally attacked Meghan McCain on Twitter this week over what she said about the late Andrew Breitbart. Before we begin, though, I want to add a couple of disclaimers so I don’t have to later:
- I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind with what I’m posting. Both McCain and Breitbart are/were deeply polarizing figures for their own reasons, and I myself will always prefer one over the other. (Guess which one. Go on, guess.) So, if any of the other party’s rabid fans wish to issue me a corrective, don’t waste your time.
- I really do wish there was a less obvious fail this week, but we don’t have all the facts about Seal Team Six talking to filmmakers yet.
Anyway. In her role as an MSNBC commentator (a role which, ever since Ann Coulter was fired from that position, is one of the surest-fire ways to get hardcore right-wingers to loathe you), McCain, guesting on The Al Sharpton Show (and that’s another way), talked about how she and other moderate Republicans have been feeling squeezed out of the party lately. She went on to name Breitbart, along with Michelle Malkin, as avatars of the dominant Republican strain. I’ll let you read her tweets for examples of what happened next.
It’s one thing to slag her for speaking critically of Breitbart three months after his death, although I don’t think there’s a statute of limitations on that sort of thing. It’s also one thing to wonder why she keeps talking about this aspect of her political career, as opposed to her thoughts on policy issues. But just look at what these people are saying! An attack on her weight here; a snide remark about her boobs there; a jab at her father’s capture in Vietnam over there (OH NO YOU DID NOT). I’d hate to think that Breitbart would have just sit back and let the fur fly if he could have seen this.
If you think anyone to the left of you is automatically left-wing or a secret Democrat or whatever, that’s your damage. But do these people really have so little reflexivity that they can’t see how bad these attacks make them look? They make McCain’s comments look like a eulogy in comparison. Good job giving her all the ammunition she’ll ever need. And good job helping people see Breitbart fans her way.