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O’Donnell: Not a witch but maybe a nut job?

October 17, 2010

USA-POLITICS/MCCAINLike father, like daughter?

Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Senator John McCain, showed her father’s outspoken tendencies as she described Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware as a “nut job”.

“Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” Meghan McCain said of her father’s fellow Republican, who recently ran an ad declaring, “I’m not a witch.”

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain said  Tea Party favorite O’Donnell “has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.”

“And what that sends to my generation is (the message that) one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how lack of experience you have,” said McCain, 26, author of the new book, “Dirty Sexy Politics.”

O’Donnell stunned the Republican establishment in September when she defeated Mike Castle, a former two-term governor and longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, to win the Republican U.S. Senate nomination from Delaware.

O’Donnell prevailed with the help of the conservative Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 White House race.

Meghan McCain, who became known for her online chronicle of daily life on her father’s failed presidential campaign, ripped into O’Donnell’s candidacy.

“It scares me for a lot of reasons, and I just know in my group of friends, it just turns people off, because she’s seen as a nut job,” McCain said.

O’Donnell has been the beneficiary of an anti-Washington environment fanned by the Tea Party and voter anger about weak U.S. economy. John McCain swung to the right on a number of issues this year to beat back a conservative challenger in his re-election bid in Arizona.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Steve Marcus (Meghan McCain during her father’s presidential campaign in 2008)

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Sarah Palin is a nutjob. She picked a nutjob. The Tea Party is a gang of hating nutjobs. The squirrils, the corporations for whom these teabaggers schill are very, very happy.

Posted by SKVAM | Report as abusive
 

It appears there are many “nut jobs” in DC and Meghan McCain’s father pretty much showed himself to be one. I believe too many people saw John Mc as a “nut job” and that’s why he lost his race. As far as O’Donnell having, “…no real history, no real success in any kind of business…”, most politicos are “career politicians” and/or come from money or giant business conglomerates because they’re the only ones who have pockets deep enough to allow them to run. Congress does not “serve the people”. That’s painfully obvious to anyone who pays attention to their midnight salary raises, backroom closed door shenanigans and exempting themselves from a health care system that the rest of us “little folk” will be forced to swallow. People are getting tired of the “same ‘ol same ‘ol” and “good ‘ol boys”. You can see it in the backlash movements that are sprouting up. Perhaps it IS time for “The People” to take back this country. The scary part is what could be around the corner: “Happy days are here again..” or some very dark days indeed..

Posted by Crusader325 | Report as abusive
 

This is just a conflict between the old guard and the new guard. The McCains came to power in the old Republican Party, while O’Donnell and Palin are the future of the GOP. John McCain may have recognized this; his choice of running mate in 2008 stands as a passing of the torch.

Posted by geekzer | Report as abusive
 

Bush was a nut job. There are plenty of nut jobs supported by the GOP establishment. If they aren’t supporting O’Donnel, that could only be a badge of merit. She must be the real deal. The only way forward is to support candidates rejected by the establishment.

Posted by Bisky71 | Report as abusive
 

Yeah, Bisky…I can only hope you’re being sarcastic. If not, please don’t vote until you’ve established something resembling intelligence.

Posted by SadisticPretzel | Report as abusive
 

The McCain’s know a thing or two about nut jobs.

Posted by DIam | Report as abusive
 

Meghan McCain is an attention seeking idiot. She should hang out with the equally vapid Kardashian clan, she would fit right in.
Christine O’Donnel has more courage and character in her thumb, than Miss McCain has in her entire life.
Meghan McCain would be nothing if she didn’t paint herself as a Republican who bites the hand that feeds her. She’s like a coyote at a dog show.

Posted by gusdad | Report as abusive
 

I may just be very slow on the uptake but it has just occurred to me that Christine O’Donnell may just be gaming the system. She has apparently supported herself for years from the money she has gotten from her earlier, also unsuccessful, “campaigns”. She doesn’t need to win. She may not want to win. But, from hearing the comments, mostly from men, I’m sorry to say, about how cute she is and such a great smile, it does give one pause. Why was she on Maher a thousand times? It was her adorable ways and darling face and she was just so perky and all. She may be the daughter all of those disappointed mothers who didn’t have daughters anything at all like her. SHE doesn’t run around having sex and maybe getting preggers. She really doesn’t do anything but be pretty and perky. That may just be what all the fuss is about. She should be on easy street for a long time with the avalanche of donations she just received. I think Miss Cutie-pants deserves a second look. If this is what she is doing, I have nothing but admiration for her. It’s tough being a determined virgin single in a man’s world. Over 40, maybe not so much. I do hope she is stashing lots of dough away.
As the song says,
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our looks in the end.
But square-cut or pear-shaped,
Those rocks don’t lose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

Posted by marya136 | Report as abusive
 

Meghan McCain is just another brainwashed Republican. The tea party is the new conservative and we will reign supreme!!! visit this site and see for yourself http://www.teapartied.com

Posted by melinda2010 | Report as abusive
 

I would vote for my little dog “Sally” before I would vote for a Washington Insider. O’Donnell has far exceeded my dogs accomplishments and intelligence and she can and will push the vote no button on hairbrain bills. I think I will send her a contribution today. :)

Marty

Posted by MartyOBX | Report as abusive
 

She’s only 27, and she has more intelligence in her nail clippings than the entire conservative movement.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive
 

It’s interesting how those nail clippings are going to lose the election because the American people finally woke up to the nightmare they elected in 2008…

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

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