Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell Is a 'Nutjob'

4 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, said Sunday that Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party star who won the Delaware GOP Senate nomination, is a "nutjob" who is "making a mockery of running for public office."

"I speak as a 26-year-old woman," McCain said on ABC's "This Week." "And my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much] lack of experience you have."

The election of O'Donnell, who burst onto the national scene by coming from nowhere to upset longtime Republican Rep. Mike Castle in the party's primary, was followed quickly by disclosures that she once admitted she had "dabbled in witchcraft," by a 1996 videotape in which she denounced masturbation, and by stories about her personal financial problems.

Meghan McCain and Chrstine O'Donnell"It just turns people off, because she's seen as a nutjob," McCain said.

McCain has quickly made a reputation for being outspoken, writing in her blog on the Daily Beast that sharp-tongued conservative Ann Coulter was bad for Republicans because she represented "the most extreme side" of the party. Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said of McCain that if she "doesn't make it in journalism, she has a future in marketing. She has learned, perhaps from a lifetime of observing political strategy, how and when to pick a fight."

Veteran political consultant and analyst Matthew Dowd, a top strategist in former President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign, said on the same program: "If you're wanting to win, Christine O'Donnell does not help that cause. Any time you run an ad that says 'I am not [a] witch,' you know you've got problems in a campaign, even if it's Halloween this month."

O'Donnell Camp Responds to Meghan McCain's 'Nutjob' Comment

"It's not helpful that she got nominated, but she is evidence that that [the anti-Democratic tide] is not going away," Dowd said. "And the only party benefiting from this in this year's election is the Republican Party, which is probably why they will take the House back, which is why they'll probably gain seven or eight seats in the Senate, even if they lose Delaware, because they have the passion and enthusiasm behind them."

"In the middle of a time when the country is so angry at Washington, they don't want the Democrats, they turn to candidates that are so outside that many of those candidates are either nuts or are somewhat off or not competent," he added.

In an interview on the program, O'Donnell's opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, said that Castle would have been the tougher opponent. Asked if he was glad that O'Donnell had beat Castle, Coons said, "Obviously, I went from being significantly down to significantly up in the polls, so just from an outside-in view, it's a positive in terms of my chances in the election. But I don't think it's been positive for Delaware. There's been a huge amount of attention paid to things that aren't directly connected to what matters to Delaware."

O'Donnell told ABC interviewer Christiane Amanpour that she's not getting any help from the state or national Republican parties, whose establishment made a big push on behalf of Castle in the last weeks before the primary.

"The state party isn't helping us," she said. "And we're asking the national Republican senatorial to help us. We've got the Democratic senatorial committee coming after me. We're hoping that the National Republican Senatorial Committee will help us. But it's two-and-a-half weeks left, and they're not."

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum Comment Moderation Enabled. Your comment will appear after it is cleared by an editor.

225 Comments

Filter by:
Chet

What do you expect from an avowed lesbian. I would say to meghan McCain. Go back into the closet, and people who live in glass houses, shouldn't be throwing stones.

December 28 2010 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ettu

Someone needs to ask McCain what she has achieved in her lifetime. Seems to me she road in on the coattails of her war hero dad, and believes not only that she is entitled to a public forum to voice her rather nasty opinions, but that she actually has the wisdom that it takes to formulate an opinion that has value.

October 24 2010 at 9:16 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dreadiron

I have NEVER heard (read) a more inane opinion expressed openly (and, loudly.) from a less credulous source (McCain) in my life. I'd say, "I don't care what McCain's daughter says or thinks and whatever she does think or say, or even does is relatively meaningless -- to me. Why ought I lend her credential, what has she herself done? But, you have to see that is more dignity then she offered herself remarking about O'Donnell as being a "nut" or honestly everything she used in her assault was jejune; but the audacity of this person's "concern" (McCain)that youth might get the idea they could gain office in a democracy as being wrong -- well, that is nonsense (lit.): democracy as everyone is the will of the people made manifest by the power of the electorate, not McCain's daughter's poor mouthing anyone, which is laughable in itself. She is a "blogger", the daughter of political figure who gained a political life by being captured in a "policing action"; not even a war so really he can't be deemed even as having been a POW (her father, who ran for President failing miserably) so, where is the point in McCain's diatribe without substance. The authoritativeness of the claims against the woman (O'Donnell) are out dated if there was any truth to them; and so weak in constructs obviously "no one cared" or they wouldn't have voted for her. No one but Ms. McCain and apparently that's a big deal (to McCain's daughter) and stands on its own merit without much but slurs to support her opinion, that's outrageous. It is irrelevant what someone's daughter thinks about a duly elected official. McCain's fears are beyond the pale, if she woke up elected to the office by the vote of the majority, that's a good thing; not something to not "want children think" -- it is still the USA, and, I want all children to believe if they run they might win --in a democracy. If this is so unclear to Sen. McCain's daughter what was he doing bombing the Vietnamese people for; not democracy we can be very clear on that. I have wasted too much of your time and too much of my own on McCain's blogger daughter but please may I add her opinion is not slanderous she (McCain) is more to pitied then censored. She does keep liberty alive along with democracy so long as she opposes it so vehemently without persons such as herself we become "soft" and allow the power elite to run someone like her daddy for the Presidency on the basis of his being held prisoner in a questionable war on a people who initially sought help from the USA; while "we" backed the power elite, the Diem regime, in Vietnam. You just ought not follow leaders because "they say so". That is my point succinctly, because she says so is not enough and I can't imagine that her blogging has greater gravity then the diatribe she skipped off on, personally speaking.

October 24 2010 at 3:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jody

Megan might have a "constitutional right" to say whatever she wants - but she has no "real history" herself to even know what she is talking about. She is a disgrace to what her father and others have fought for - not to mention what her father endured as a prisoner.

October 23 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nancysellsfla

I am no fan of Christine O'Donnel and would not vote for her however, please spare us the "brilliance of Megan McCain! If she is the spokesman for the future American woman.....I pass.

October 23 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
KELLI2L

~ Megan McCain AND others should be picking out the insufficiencies of that South Carolina candidate (who really seems like an idiot !!!); he actually makes NO SENSE at all !!! On the contrary - I have heard Ms. McDonnell make some very good comments. So I think that Megan McCain has a bad perception problem by picking on O'Donnell instead of So. Carolinas horrible (man) candidate. This guy is getting almost NO attention and because of this - he may actually win by sneaking IN - - under the wire !!! Please wake up folks and don't concentrate on McDonnells tiny state !!!

October 22 2010 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kaydbud

Now Meghan, Here you go again .... disparaging a very pretty intelligent woman. I see that you have lost weight, look more attractive and you are STILL doing it! Talk with someone to see why you seem to constantly do this to other women. We went thru this with you before....remember? You are becoming boring.

October 21 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kaydbud's comment
mikeyyupnorth

The republicans are anti-education. The uneducated masses will just do what they are told to do and how to vote. This is the Republican's goal for America. This backfired, because they did'nt expect the dumb to get elected. That is why Karl Rove is so irate over McDonell's winning the primary. Meghan can at least ballance her check book.

October 23 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
trialrunok

I saw silly immature Meghan McCain on the View TV show. She used the word "LIKE" in every other word she spoke. My head was spinning from her silliness. If anyone is a nutcase it's this silly spoiled brat. I have always liked John McCain. He is one of a very few Senators in Washington that has tried to do away with Pork Barrel spending. Can't imagine him raising a spoiled brat like this silly girl.

October 21 2010 at 7:17 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to trialrunok's comment
eyedzervit

I agree. That's been my thought about her in every interview I've seen of her. It's intrigued me too how John and Cindy McCain could have such an immature and high school acting daughter. She could learn a lesson from the likes of Chelsea Clinton.

October 21 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
brianjconway

And just where does that leave the twenty something airhead McCain, who if she was surnamed Smith, would wither away in undistinguished anonimity. Brian Conway Conservative Republican Valatie, N. Y.

October 21 2010 at 6:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to brianjconway's comment
mikeyyupnorth

This is america dude she has a right to say what she thinks, get over it.

October 23 2010 at 5:58 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Den

Wake up National Republican Senatorial Committee and get the help to Christine O'Donnell. That's why people sent contributions to you but some will learn to send to candidates only in the future if you don't get with it. To Meghan McCain with all due respect, "be a balcony person and not basement person." Simply put, if you cannot say something to encourage keep quiet. Thanks.

October 20 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FEATURED VIDEO

View All »

Discover inspiring videos on TEDWomen where people are reshaping our future with ideas.

View the Video »

Follow Politics Daily


Politics Home Page : Roll Call