For some years, Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham has often come across to me as petty and irrational. It wasn’t much of a surprise, then, that when Ingraham recently disagreed with blogger Meghan McCain’s political views, she illogically attacked McCain as “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”
Just to be sure, the Meghan McCain referred to here is the daughter of John McCain, the Republican who lost to President Obama in 2008. Meghan McCain writes a personal blog and also a political blog. She has urged Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats rather than remain obstructionists, and that seems to upset Ingraham.
Unfortunately for Ingraham, her decision to play the fat card backfired. McCain promptly appeared on the popular TV show, The View, armed with a withering counter-attack:
What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party, and the answer is, “She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion.” What kind of message are we sending young women?
Then, to leave no doubt about her disdain of Ingraham, McCain said, “She can kiss my fat ass”.
At first, Ingraham tried to dismiss McCain’s response by telling McCain she needed to “lighten up” and learn to deal with “satire” and “teasing”.
When the typical comeback of a bully didn’t work for her, Ingraham indulged in another bit of illogic. In an email entitled, “Useful Idiot Watch” — a slander of McCain — Ingraham charged that McCain was at grevious fault for her (McCain’s) counter-attack being picked up by the Left and used to discredit Ingraham. And that’s where the exchange between Ingraham and McCain seems to stand this morning.
So far as I can see, Ingraham owes McCain an apology — which will probably never happen. But she also owes an apology to every woman and girl in her audience who has — or will — be judged by her figure, rather than by her brains, because folks like Laura Ingraham are doing their best to make acceptable an irrational and petty prejudice against people who lack a fashion model’s slender figure.
Most likely, that will also never happen. Yet, that does not change the fact Laura Ingraham has shown herself to not only be petty and irrational, but also abusive. The notion that a woman should be judged by her weight, and not by the merit of her opinions, when offering her views is a notion that belongs — if indeed it belongs anywhere — in a whore house where women are marketed almost solely on their bodies. The only possible reason Ingraham had for raising McCain’s weight was to insult, demean, and belittle McCain. Ingraham’s behavior has a name: Abuse. I for one don’t feel a need to tolerate it.