For whatever reason, Laura Ingraham's gone from substantively criticizing Meghan McCain for using the Daily Beast as her dating LiveJournal at a time of larger concerns to cattily bodysnarking her, for no good reason. It's unbecoming!
INGRAHAM (mocking): Ok, Meghan. Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren't kind of cute and you weren't the daughter of John McCain? Or do you just think that they would just think that you were just another Valley Girl gone awry?
MADDOW: You picked a fight with somebody who's definitely going to fight back.
MCCAIN: Yeah. Well, if it was, you know, if it was too hot in the kitchen, I'd get out. I know what I'm doing and I know that I'm creating, she probably will respond, she already has, but I'm sure she'll respond harder, but this dialogue should take place. It should. I think that you know, often times and I think it's relevant because I am a Republican. I still consider myself a Republican and that's why it's relevant because I'm someone within the party.
INGRAHAM (mocking): How long before she totally abandons the Daily Beast and makes it official at the Huffington Post?
MCCAIN: 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.
Speaking of "really having something to say," I'm struck by how little Laura Ingraham has to say about this, other than these juvenile mewlings. As one commenter on Jezebel astutely notes: "If the GOP were The Hills, Laura Ingraham would totally be Spencer."
Meanwhile, McCain has responded to Ingraham with a "whatevs" message on Twitter: "Laura Ingraham please stop talking about my body..." which she followed up by saying, "To all my girls out there. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about your body! I love my curves and you should love yours too!"
Okay. Am I prepared to suggest that Meghan McCain's Daily Beast overshares about how her father has cursed her to a life of creepy, Cindy-worshiping suitors marks her as one of America's next top conservative thinkers? No I am not. And I am similarly disinclined to start handing her medals of valor for being willing to fight Ann Coulter, an easy-peasy target who's been slipping down the slope into Hasbeenistan for some time now. But I totally have Meghan's back on this pointless spite that Laura Ingraham is attempting to serve her. So, NUANCE: I am meeting you halfway, I guess!
Meghan McCain adds, via Twitter: "out of the cold in my hotel room. lovin my christina hendricks body and spreading positivity to my fellow curvy girls out there!" And Taylor Marsh, here at HuffPo, writes: "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." Well put!
Okay, now Meghan is Twittering, "Song of the Day: "Milkshake" by Kelis :-) in honor of girls who work it!" Look, Megs, you've got a good thing going right now, but let's not OVERPLAY OUR HAND, okay?