This kind of thing really makes me mad. I’m going to try to be chill, but there might be profanity below the fold.
It was pretty meaningless to hear Meghan McCain urge her Republican Party to come around on gay marriage. It seemed a bit more important when Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s campaign manager, gave the GOP the same advice.
But in terms of influence in Republican politics, Dick Cheney is on another level.
While their point is that Cheney carries more political weight, their swipe at Meg was gratuitous and inaccurate. Meg has done more than most to publicize marriage equality, and not in the ugly, Perez Hilton way. To call her meaningless, or all of the other non-Dick people who work hard to achieve equality for everyone, is just wrong.
So, when Meg pointed this out on her Twitter feed, here’s the response she got from Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas:
Before I comment further, and before I get to Meghan McCain’s statement on this feud, let me lay out the rest of the Twitter conversation for you, in chronological order:
so I guess young women should just stfu and be seen and not heard Washington Monthly….? Only Dick Cheney should speak out…?about 1 hour ago from web
I wonder if the Washington Monthly thinks if all women or minorities speak out it is “almost meaningless” – apparently only Cheney matters28 minutes ago from web
I guarantee you if one of my brothers were doing what I am doing right now the Washington Monthly would think it had meaning.27 minutes ago from web
Me: TommyXtopherIs that Krackle or Pop I hear? Nah, it was SNAP!
Meg: I would have been more impressed if Dick Chney said what he said while he was in office and had power to enact change, thats all.17 minutes ago from web
Then, it turns out Kos didn’t even read the article Meg was referencing (great endorsement for the journalism on his blog), as one of his acolytes informs him:
Markos: markosmAhh, my bad then.
Yeah, but not really:
I don’t have a lot to add here, as my interjections pretty much sum it up.
I understand the egotistical impulse. I’m a bigger attention-whore than the spawn of a peacock and a firefly riding bareback on a blowfish, but there are issues that are bigger than my ego. Marriage equality is one of them. If Dick Cheney wants to help, I’m not going to crap on him for it.
By the same token, Meghan McCain deserves nothing but admiration and gratitude from Markos, if he actually gives a shit about equality. Unlike Cheney, Meg actually is way ahead of President Obama on this. That’s the message here, not Markos Moulitsas and his earned success.
I asked Meg if she’d comment for this article, and although she very graciously disengaged from Kos’ feuding (after which he took several more shots at her), she did have this to say:
Unfortunately there are a lot of men in the media that aren’t used to strong, aggressive women speaking their mind.
Hopefully, Markos will act like a man, and offer Meg a sincere apology, and welcome her as a powerful ally on a very important issue.
Update: Ha! He just can’t let it go. How sad:
- What movement is @mccainblogette part of? She’s just a last name. RT @MTeson: @markosm A lot of your party hates you, are you meaningless?16 minutes ago from web
- Yup For all it matters. RT @justrmor: @mccainblogette has 40K followers, @markosm has 5K. Is [she] more influential on twitter than Kos?20 minutes ago from web
- To add, for @McCainBlogette to be “meaningful”, she would need to have influence inside GOP. We all know that’s not happening.22 minutes ago from web
- She is meaningless. Her party hates her. RT @CorinneAM: I was wondering why you agreed with WaMo’s assessment that she was “meaningless.”24 minutes ago from web
- RT @smassing: @markosm When’s the last time Chelsea Clinton was all over the news? Or any of the Gore children?33 minutes ago from web
- Who would ever think that @mccainblogette, random daughter of unpopular former Prez candidate, means less to GOP faithful than VP Cheney?34 minutes ago from web
- Ok, I get this now: @McCainBlogette is angry that Benen considers her less meaningful than former VP in influencing GOP. http://bit.ly/KntrS36 minutes ago from web
Update: From the comments section:
This quote is bullshit: “Markos: Stop whining @McCainBlogette the only reason you get any attention is because your last name is McCain.33 minutes ago from web” you deliberately removed my name make it appear as if Markos wrote that statement. He didn’t. He was quoting me. Sure, by doing so, he may have been agreeing, but it isn’t the same thing and you know it–that’s why you removed me from the quote–it suits your attack better.
And she was whining.
I left it in the GIANT PICTURE on the blog. I removed it for clarity, as I did with a lot of those tweets. Maybe you both need to sharpen up your reading skills.
Itook a lot of junk out of those tweets for readers unfamiliar with Twitter conventions. The guy deserves a Twitter bump, so go check him out. Re-tweeting without comment is the same as repeating, and JC Christian, unfortunately, doesn’t figure into the rest of the story, so I stand by my handling of it.
Update 2: Washington Monthly explains that meaningless doesn’t mean meaningless.
Update 3: HuffPo is on it.