McCain Has a Temper Tantrum

Meghan McCain is upset that Trump is the favorite of Republicans (53% in a new poll). She bemoans the people who are taking over “her party” in the latest edition of Cosmopolitan.

I don’t know about you, but Cosmopolitan isn’t my first go-to political information source. Their minds have traditionally been elsewhere, as in the pop up for the online version touting the “31 sexiest movies” of all time.

But, why not join the ever popular media game of let’s bash Republicans?

Meghan wants to play along.

She begins with the rally – or not occurring rally – in Chicago Friday night.

“I have never in my lifetime seen anything like it at a political rally, but after watching the presidential campaign play over the past eight months, I can’t say I was totally shocked. Disappointed, sad, upset, yes, but shocked? Unfortunately, no. After all, this followed a week in which a protester was sucker-punched in the face by a Trump supporter at a rally and journalist Michelle Fields accused Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of manhandling her and tweeted a photo of her bruises to prove it.”

Well, Meghan those of us who have been around a little longer than you and didn’t grow up in the shelter of Dad’s fame and fortune, have seen that before. Ever hear of 1968?

By the way, the whole Michelle Fields thing has been debunked, too. Turns out the video available shows Lewandowski walking by her without touching her. Ever hear of false accusations? Happens all the time in politics. The guy who was “sucker punched” was attacking an old man at the rally and Trump is paying for any problems that it caused.

She continues:

“Ever since Donald Trump asserted himself on the main stage of Republican Party politics, I have woken up each morning dreading the polarizing, ugly, race-baiting, or sexist remarks he would make. I’ve watched political battles get more and more heated in terms of rhetoric. Now they’ve turned physical.”

Polarizing, race baiting, sexist? To whom? Besides, those are Democrat tricks used against your father and Sarah Palin, so I wouldn’t say they are anything new in politics.

“I have spent the last eight years of my life working to make the Republican Party a more inclusive party, more welcoming of women, of minorities, of LGBTQ people. Instead, during this election cycle, I’ve seen it go in the opposite direction. I’ve seen Donald Trump call Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, threaten to force all Muslims in the U.S. to register in a database and ban Muslims from entering our country, reference Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle after she asked him a difficult question during a debate, make disparaging remarks about fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s face, and finally and obviously the most hurtful and personal, attack my father’s service during his 5.5 years being tortured in a Vietnamese prison camp because Trump likes “people who weren’t captured.”

Maybe she hasn’t seen this article from no other than the sacred New York Times. Their reporter went to Trump’s Tampa office and was shocked that it was racially diverse!

Here in Tampa, in the week before the pivotal Florida primary, conversations with more than 20 volunteers showing up to make campaign calls or otherwise help out at a small Trump campaign office in an old cigar factory yielded some surprises on the subjects of race, ethnicity and bigotry.

For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity. They include a young woman who recently arrived from Peru; an immigrant from the Philippines; a 70-year-old Lakota Indian; a teenage son of Russian immigrants; a Mexican-American.

They range the political spectrum, too, from lifelong Democrat to independent to libertarian to conservative Republican. To a person, they condemned and sometimes ridiculed David Duke and other white supremacists who have noisily backed Mr. Trump. “I totally do not agree with them,” said one volunteer, Andrew Cherry.

Maybe Meghan you need to get out more.

“My party is being destroyed in front of my very eyes, and I feel powerless to stop it. Republican politics has been the center of my entire life since I was essentially in utero (my mother was pregnant with me during the ’84 Reagan election). I have traveled and worked with my father on every campaign he has ran or participated in since I was a child. I have a deep, abiding love of the American political process, and I know no other world.

“Donald Trump has hijacked my party and turned it into something dark that I do not recognize.”

Let me translate: I and the other elites are shocked to see that actual working people, flyover people, educated and uneducated outsiders are trying to move in to our territory. That rocks my world and I can’t stand it. We will fight these peasants with the might of the National Review, Megyn Kelly, our lobbyists, the GOPe and the protester friends of MoveOn, George Soros and Bill Ayers and any other group that nobody listens to or watches anymore. We can’t lose our power, we can’t, we can’t, we can’t!

She continues, “The experiences of both my father’s race in 2008 and Mitt Romney’s in 2012 taught me many lessons on how the Republican Party and our base could be both improved and expanded.”

The race in 2008, 2012, 2010 and 2014 taught the GOP nothing and they didn’t get it then and they still don’t. Learn anything? They are willfully deaf, blind and dumb.

“I am utterly heartbroken.”

Lack of money, power and prestige will do that to you.

“Donald Trump has hijacked my party and turned it into something dark that I do not recognize. I understand and respect the anger and disappointment so many Americans feel today. I understand how let-down they feel about Washington, D.C., and the politicians who are supposed to represent us. I also know this manifestation of anger in the form of Donald Trump will end disastrously. It will not only be lethal for my party but for my country as well. Donald Trump is the most divisive political figure of my lifetime, and his rhetoric is not only dangerous, but it threatens the very fabric that makes us Americans. I am well aware that Donald Trump is our front-runner, and clearly many, many party members support his non-inclusive views and this polarizing rhetoric. This makes me question what the Republican Party truly stands for, what we have evolved into, and what the party will inevitably become if and when Trump is finally solidified as our 2016 nominee.”

How about a better, more inclusive, more responsive party than the one your dad likes to rule?
She loves the Republican party so much that “I cannot and will not vote for this man if he becomes my party’s nominee.”

Aw, well that makes it hard for me to go on living.
We might lose a few hundred elite votes if that happens, but I bet we’ll gain millions. It’s a deal I like the art of which Donald Trump has finessed brilliantly.

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