As many of you may know, I actually like Meghan McCain and think she is good for Republicans (if they would be smart enough and follow the lead of her and other moderates in the party). That being said, I kind of shook my head in a bit of disappointment when I read the following comments (among others in a recent blog) from Meghan on a post at The Daily Beast.
However, there seems to be such an aggressive double standard for Republican women as opposed to Democrat women. Would David Letterman ever make such a joke about President Obama’s daughters (or for that matter Al Gore’s, or substitute another high-profile Democrat politician)? President Obama’s daughter Malia is not much younger than Willow, and I am certain that David Letterman would never make a joke about Malia being raped by Eliot Spitzer or refer to the first lady as looking “slutty.” Why is it funny to make fun of a 14-year-old girl, no matter who her mother is, let alone that of one of the most prominent female politicians in the country?
Meghan’s dad, Sen. John McCain, made a very nasty comment about Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton family (that included an attack on former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno) 11 years ago. It’s a shame Meghan McCain dragged President Obama’s daughter into the discussion, but I suppose it should not be a big surprise. Children of presidents and prominent politicians have been attacked in the past (even though Republicans try to act like Sarah Palin’s daughter is the first victim ever).
Remember this from a Republican dinner in June 1998:
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.
Wasn’t that (in addition to a shot at Chelsea Clinton) a sexist slam against Janet Reno who, apparently, did not fit Sen. McCain’s vision of what a woman is supposed to look like?