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Why is Meghan McCain famous?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

Meghan McCain is the daughter of John McCain, the great war hero. One thing that bothers me, intensely, is when someone tries to claim someone else’s greatness as their own. I’m curious what has Meghan McCain done that justifies her national reputation? Being the daughter of John McCain is not, itself, a qualification.

This is interesting:

McCain’s response to this polite, reasonable, question was to go on an outraged and borderline incomprehensible tirade in which, in between splutters, she continued to mischaracterize Omar’s language. Visibly agitated by Meyer’s thoughtful questioning, McCain also demanded whether the TV host was Omar’s “publicist”. Somehow she managed to restrain herself from asking to see Meyer’s manager.

Ben Domenech, McCain’s husband and the founder of the rightwing website The Federalist, was equally unimpressed with Meyers. Shortly after the interview, Domenech went on a (now-deleted) Twitter rant in which he called Meyers a “cuck” who regularly “gargled balls”. Domenech also accused Meyers of antisemitism because, obviously, nothing is more antisemitic than criticizing McCain.

While McCain is very good at criticizing others, she is not so good at listening to criticism. Should you so much as insinuate that she isn’t god’s gift to the Earth, the talkshow host and professional “daughter of a famous man”, immediately turns herself into a victim. Performances like the one on Tuesday are not a one-off: she is constantly flying into a rage or bursting into tears. Constantly turning herself into a damsel in distress in order to shut down other women and avoid accountability. She is a prime example of what writer Luvvie Ajayi has described as the “weary weaponising of white women’s tears”. If toxic femininity exists, then there is no better example of it than Meghan McCain.

A similar take is here:

On Tuesday evening, conservative heiress Meghan McCain—daughter of the late Senator John McCain, wife of far-right Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech, and the one with the extreme martyr complex on The View—made an appearance on Late Night.

What McCain—who, in case you’ve forgotten, is John McCain’s daughter—was there to promote, other than the art of failing upward, I’m not entirely sure.

After discussing her coveted Saturday Night Live internship, which she undoubtedly received on merit, and name-dropping her father a few times, she dished on what it was like to be parodied by Aidy Bryant on the sketch-comedy program. McCain revealed that she and Bryant went to the same high school (Xavier College Preparatory) and that she found the send-up to be “hilarious,” though both she and her husband were offended that she was portrayed as an “anti-vaxxer” (she wasn’t—that was former View co-host Jenny McCarthy, played by Emma Stone).

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July 21, 2019
5:22 pm

By lindsey

thank you for this, i was just googling who is meghan, megan (sp?) mccain besides her dads daughter. she just did an op-ed printed in the ny times about having miscarried and not being silent about it. i’m not sure why she thinks miscarriages are taboo, maybe the crowd she runs with. i’ve had two including an ectopic and i’ll run my mouth all day about it. i’ve never had anyone tell me that’s not right to talk about. and she said in it that she blamed her self for being high profile yet there she is putting herself out there. i mean is it a matter to stay relevant? google says she used to be a writer then was on a show that was cancelled and now on the view. why? oh oh and she wrote about being ‘on the campaign trail’ with her dad but instead of insightful teen thoughts on politics it says she ‘mused about fashion, music, and pop culture.’ way to use your time. and btw i thought she was mid forties….she’s three years younger than me and i’m 38. just saw another being ‘petrified’ about revealing a miscarriage. seriously who are this girls fans? and shhhhh darlin, no one asked you to tell the world.

July 21, 2019
6:19 pm

By lawrence

Lindsey, thank you for writing about Meghan McCain. As to her miscarriage, I am of two minds. Miscarriages are more common than most people realize, but they don’t get much public discussion. I’ve had friends who had miscarriages and they felt that no one else understood how sad they were. The public has certain rituals for celebrating a pregnancy, but there are no rituals for mourning a miscarriage. I don’t think I would use the word “taboo” but I do think people would be wise to realize how common miscarriage is. I think perhaps the rate of miscarriage has gone up slightly as women have decided to have children at an older age, and in response to that change, to a limited extent, it has become common for women to wait till after the 1st trimester before they make an announcement. I think 30 years ago women used to announce a pregnancy as soon as they themselves found out, and then that could lead to an awkward conversation when a miscarriage happened. So, yes, I think McCain is being overly dramatic, but I also think a bit more awareness, on the part of the public, wouldn’t hurt.

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