A lot of politicians operate by cloak-and-dagger. Rumors are spread, pictures are released, a love child is dug up. But this Sunday, during a TV interview, Meghan McCain, the Daily Beast columnist and John McCain‘s 26-year-old daughter, straight-up called Delaware GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell a “nut job.”
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Meghan said. “No matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much] lack of experience you have. It just turns people off, because she’s seen as a nut job.”
Not surprisingly, O’Donnell’s camp promptly issued a huffy response:
“Christine overwhelmingly won her primary battle against the establishment candidate, so Ms. McCain’s vast experience in politics and running for office probably won’t influence many Delawareans of any age to listen to her latest rant. Her parents are truly a class act, and am certain they brought her up to be more respectful of a possible future colleague. As Christine rises in the polls, and repairs the damage done by the establishment with their false statements, the campaign will continue to focus on jobs and the out of control federal spending.”
I don’t disagree with Meghan McCain that Christine O’Donnell is a nut job. The problem is that McCain called O’Donnell a “nut job” without actually addressing any of O’Donnell’s most nut job-y statements: Masturbation is bad; being completely against abortion except when the mother’s life is at risk, at which point the family can decide whose life they would like to save; “I am not a witch!” Take your pick, really. She made it seem like the worst thing about O’Donnell is her inexperience, when, in fact, that may be the best thing.
If I were you, Meghan, I would watch out for any spells being cast.