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04/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Laura Ingraham is Scared of Meghan McCain

Laura Ingraham is a wimp. If she can't take the heat of right-wing radio, maybe she should leave it to the boys. Because whenever you punch down from your power category you're either insecure or insufficiently aware of how embarrassing you appear or maybe it's both. After her infamous tirade castigating journalists for not going into Iraq's danger zones, while she was standing in the safety of the Green Zone, she's decided to hit a new low.

Ms. Ingraham went after John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, using weight to get the job done. She might as well have challenged Meghan to a pillow fight. Seriously, Laura, if this is the best you can do, please call Rush. I don't care for the wingnut blowhard, but at least he knows how to wage these messy party wars and what target is below his pedestal.

Ooh! Ooh! Hey Meghan, you're plus-sized! Ooh! Ooh! Done, of course, in Ms. Ingraham's best valley girl voice.

Via Think Progress (audio at the link):

MCCAIN (on MSNBC): And I think there's an extreme on both parties and I hate extreme. I don't understand. I have friends that are the most radically conservative and radically liberal people possibly ever and we all get along. We can find a middle ground.

INGRAHAM (mocking): Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way. And on this 50th anniversary of Barbie, I really have something to say.

When you can't attack an argument someone is making, attack the person. If it's a woman, go for the scales. Trouble is, Meghan has made peace with the weight issue -- as most women have to at some point -- leaving Ms. Ingraham talking to herself. From Glamour:

5. She has a great body image

"I got to a point where I was like, I just don't care. You think I'm fat? Fine. I don't care how much you weigh."

This one cuts across party lines, so all I can say is good for you, Meghan. A remark like Ingraham's has the spray pattern of buck shot.

But these wacky Republicans and their conservative cannibalism. By 2010 you've got to wonder if any of them will be left standing.

Taylor Marsh
is a political analyst, recently relocated to Washington, D.C. You can follow her on Twitter.