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10:05 AM on 10/22/2010
What meanness continues to spew from those who profess an openmindedness! Try losing the name calling, the thought bashing and general meanness and talk about issues. When you simply crucify others when they disagree with your point of view, the point you attempt to make is lost and you simply look....ignorant, small minded and mean.
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Jaczar
Humanity above Profit
10:00 AM on 10/22/2010
I'm an independent voter, voted for Obama. I've seen Ms. McCain on several talk shows and like what she says. No comparason between her and the typical Republican nut cases. Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, The Arizona crazy governor, Michelle Bachmann, the "Chicken Lady". To dis a clear-speaking, educated, truthful young woman like Meghan in view of the opposition is beyond the pale. I'd vote for her in any election (two or three times). She is up-front (no pun intended) about what she stands for and I, for one appreciate her. You go girl!
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09:52 AM on 10/22/2010
Recently I heard a recorded dialogue between President Nixon and Vice President Bush. Nixon instructed Bush to begin recruiting attractive Republican women to run for office. According to President Nixon, attractive Republican women would come in handy some day. His instructions did not include the recruits also be smart, accomplished thinkers
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heroine addict
habitual goddess worship
09:24 AM on 10/22/2010
Megan McCain is the one of the only conservatives I truly respect.
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MrKrispee
10:58 AM on 10/22/2010
That's because she has the views of a moderate Democrat.
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Mona Gable
05:00 PM on 10/22/2010
I'm sure she'd appreciate that.
09:24 AM on 10/22/2010
Conservatives have long been the champions of an ignorant electorate. That's why they have never cared for public education. O'Donnell is a perfect representative for conservative values.
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Jaczar
Humanity above Profit
10:06 AM on 10/22/2010
Values? What values?
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terramartom
Grapes of Wrath!
09:07 AM on 10/22/2010
It became acceptable for Women to be uneducated, illiterate morons and run for public office when John McCain choose Palin to be his running mate V.P. only to attract female voters.
A female airhead whose level of education is below a 7th grader.
That is the exact moment that stupidity became a FOX news virtue to sell more TV adds for the ignorant, religious far right, republican klan.
Greed fuels everything happening today, everywhere in America. Selling bogus products, selling bogus stock, selling bogus politicians.
Every form of Media pushed the Bush/ Cheney lie of WMDs and Ruppert Murdoch's FOX TV pushes 24/7 propaganda to the uneducated, illiterate masses of fictional religion masking it as news.
America today looks like Germany in the 1930s, and it will not get better anytime soon!
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CarolNC
10:00 AM on 10/22/2010
Right on!
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Pilatunes
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10:29 AM on 10/22/2010
'It became acceptable for Women to be uneducated, illiterate morons and run for public office when John McCain choose Palin'

Absolutely. I think the change has been generally gradual, but that marked a huge inflection point downward. Up until that point, ignorance and a lack of education or experience were papered over to as great an extent possible. When Palin arrived, there was no more pretense...'we'll embrace an uneducated, inexperienced, inflammatory candidate because that's what we are!'. Since then, it has just become worse and worse.
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Fred M White
Facts know no bias my republican friends...
09:04 AM on 10/22/2010
Like others that have posted here, I'm liking Ms. McCain more and more as time goes by. She was spot on in her critique of O'Donnell and what suprised me about her critics is that she had any. That anyone would or could disagree with the her statement regarding O'Donnell's desperate lack of any kind of qualifications. And to disagree with reference to McCain's attributes, well that demonstrates two things, no class and no facts in support of their arguments. Why do conservatives hate working Americans?
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terramartom
Grapes of Wrath!
09:18 AM on 10/22/2010
It is based on fictional religion.
The wealthy want to believe that they have been blessed by God to have a better life and living standard because they were picked by God and the other lowly class of peons was not and that they are being punished for it. That is why their sense of self righteousness abounds.
The best way to do this for the Wealthy and privileged is to have the masses ignorant, uneducated and slaves trough fictional religion.
Now let us all beg/pray to the floating bearded cloud man in the sky that he does not kill us today!
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Soulsurfer
Solar Electrician,Longtime Surfin'Fool
09:22 AM on 10/22/2010
They don't hate working Americans, they just want to keep them in their 'place'. They hate the fact that working people used to be able to make enough to join the country club, or get in the way down at the yacht harbor. They hate that working Americans' kids could rub elbows with their little darlings at school, or show up at the opera. And yes, I find myself liking Ms. McCain too, she's a conservative that is actually concerned about truth in your policies, walking the walk, and actually solving some of society's problems.
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Buckeye54
...the One your mom warned you about!
08:45 AM on 10/22/2010
Attacking a smart woman because of her appearance, be it Meghan McCain or Hillary Clinton, is always the first refuge of a misogynist. Nothing scares them more than an intelligent woman in power or speaking truth to power. They make their attacks on their opponents' appearance rather than their policies or philosophies because they do not have an intellectual argument to stand upon.

I respect Meghan McCain and her opinions. I do not endorse them—I am a Democrat. But she is certainly an able contender in a political debate and anyone that doesn't acknowledge this is likely due for a shock.

Hillary Clinton? She wasn't my candidate in the 2008 election but she's always been a smart and able woman and I applauded President Obama's selection of her as his Secretary of State.

Those who attack based only on appearance and gender do so because they have nothing else to base their attacks on.
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Mona Gable
05:02 PM on 10/22/2010
Nicely put.
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Aodhan51
Don't worry, the floor broke my fall.
08:40 AM on 10/22/2010
Devils' dumplings? I laughed so hard, coffee came out of my nose.
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Mona Gable
05:03 PM on 10/22/2010
I'm glad you found it funny! I was hoping people would get what I was trying to say.
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wallyone
08:34 AM on 10/22/2010
I find what McCain has to say to be somewhat interesting, but, let's face it, she is not a reallyt brilliant or well educated woman
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Steve Karmazenuk
Author, Freelance Journalist, Curmudgeon
08:54 AM on 10/22/2010
She's far more qualified to have an opinion than O'Donnell.
relevancematters
You're so full of what's right, you can't see what
09:03 AM on 10/22/2010
Well, her lifelong standard and role model was John McCain, which was naturally limiting. What she has, however, that he doesn't, is the ability to tell the choir they stink. If there is to be a viable Republican party when the current one gets through self-destructing, it will be women like McCain who put it back together. My hunch is, though, that she's going defect to our side once Dad is gone. It won't be long now before she figures out that they're holding her back.
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Mona Gable
05:03 PM on 10/22/2010
I'll be curious to see if she defects, too, though she is a fiscal conservative.
08:19 AM on 10/22/2010
Great read - thanks!
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Mona Gable
05:04 PM on 10/22/2010
Your very welcome!
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Dawn Castle
A liberal is your fellow American not your enemy.
08:15 AM on 10/22/2010
Truth of the matter is that anyone can just wake up and run for office. I'm sorry that McCain has that sort of attitude that you have to have certain credentials or experience because that is partly what is wrong with our system. Does her speaking out have anything to do with her physicality? No, but the reality is you put yourself on the line when when you speak out.
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Evelyn
09:31 AM on 10/22/2010
The idea that having experience or credentials is what's wrong with our system?? Wow. I look upon public office as a responsible job, and in any responsible job, whether it is physician or lawyer or teacher or administrative assistant or bar tender, I want the person doing the job to have relevant experience and the necessary credentials.

Running a state or making the laws for the nation require a skill set, and no dear, you don't just wake up one day and have that skill set. You gain experience at lower levels of responsibility and you prove yourself, and you come equipped with intelligence and common sense and honesty, and then you are prepared to run for high office. The idea that government is a joke, and that anyone could have a go at running it is what's wrong with our system.

Here is California, the main attack point against Senator Barbara Boxer is that she's been a senator for 28 years. Twenty---eight---years!!! they intone, in tones of horror. What's wrong with that? She knows the ropes, she can get things done, she doesn't need on-the-job training!
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DivergentMary
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09:31 AM on 10/22/2010
I'm sorry, Dawn, but people who make up stuff about themselves, who lie about their education, who run for office countless times and then collect the money that was sent for campaigning to live on ~~~ who behave like 40+ year old cheerleaders who try to get by on their cuteness rather than any accomplishments or intelligence ~~~ who blather on about things about which they know nothing ~~~ that is what is wrong with our present-day system. And glorifying a person because they have less knowledge than the average person is not going to create a better America. I'll bet you any money that both Christine and Sarah has I.Q.s in the double-digits. And I don't know about you, but I want people who are smarter than I am to run our country.
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Mona Gable
05:07 PM on 10/22/2010
I so agree with your last point.
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08:14 AM on 10/22/2010
Ms. McCain is one of the more interesting people in the Republican party - but sadly, she's in the Republican Party (ick! My partisanship is showing!) The Republicans would be a lot more attractive (politically) if they more like Ms. McCain (i.e.: less hide-bound and beholden to our feudal overlords.)

As regards your most poingant question, "But when did it become acceptable for female candidates not to be smart? Or accomplished? Or able to think? When did ignorance and failure and a penchant for being glib and talking nonsense not only become OK, but admirable?" - well, have you actually looked at who gets elected to the Senate and House? Having female blockheads in the Senate and House is just gender equality.
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Soulsurfer
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09:27 AM on 10/22/2010
ZING! Good one.
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Hoosierbrad
I know it when I see it.
08:10 AM on 10/22/2010
It makes me laugh when conservatives complain about Democratic "identity" politics, when I observe such venom spewed out by conservatives toward someone like Meghan McCain. The problem with conservatives is hate, period.
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Jaczar
Humanity above Profit
10:16 AM on 10/22/2010
Hate and greed. Don't forget greed.
08:02 AM on 10/22/2010
Well if they keep it up, hopefully she will have an epiphany like Arianna did and we can welcome her to our team.