If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Say it About Sarah Palin

Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Karol Markowicz

Meghan McCain is not the first person to become famous because of her name. Paris Hilton isn't exactly a fair comparison, blond and vacant though they both may be. At least Paris became famous in her own way, through sex tapes and reality shows, and not by becoming a faux expert on hotels, writing a nonsensical book about that time in the boardroom where like, omg, someone said something mean to her and she like, totally flipped out. 

Meghan McCain isn't even the first child of a politician to make a name for herself in politics by trying to be edgy and acting out. Reagan's kids did it better, parlaying their disagreements with dad into real careers for the opposite political side. What Meghan McCain is doing — calling herself a Republican while bashing every Republican other than her father — that's, as they say in Britain, just not on.

Her latest piece, where it dawns on her that maybe people only care about her book because of her proximity to conservative celebrity Sarah Palin, is more of this same bashing. She writes:

The further I got into my book tour last month, the more paranoia set in as I started questioning the idea that the only thing that made me interesting to some people was my association with Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, not my father John McCain.

I haven't read Meghan's book, but if she's honest about what happened during the 2008 election it went something like this: The Democrats had a super exciting, no-holds-barred primary in which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought hard for their party's nomination, going further in the primary process than many of us thought possible, all with the knowledge that it would be a historic triumph, regardless of which one won. First woman presidential candidate! First black presidential candidate! The excitement was palpable. 

Meanwhile, the Republicans had a ho-hum primary of white men (not that there's anything wrong with that) where some candidates barely competed (I'm looking at you Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani) and John McCain became the nominee almost by default. His candidacy was boring, sluggish, uninteresting, and had one foot in the grave — until that Labor Day weekend when he chose a firecracker from Alaska whose name few could pronounce (Pah-lin? Pay-lin?). It gave his campaign the jolt, gimmicky though it might have been, that it needed. How does Meghan McCain not understand this? Don't listen to that one Republican you know who voted Obama because of her selection — Sarah Palin made John McCain's campaign. That's why she's relevant on the national stage today and his career ends in Arizona.

Meghan writes that Sarah Palin doesn't leave room for other types of women to be candidates, and the women who are running are all Sarah-bots. Nasty, right? As if Sarah Palin is demanding red suits and big hair from candidates. As if she insists the candidate hunts moose before she endorses them. Meghan goes on to misuse the word irony and say that Sarah Palin made it known to a "third-party" (Levi Johnston, is that you?) that she didn't appreciate Meg's book.  Somehow, this proves that Sarah Palin is as obsessed with the media as they are with her.  No one ever accused Meghan McCain of being coherent, but it's funny that just when she was finally, finally slipping off the media radar, with her one-dimensional opinions and her embarrassing "I have a tattoo, that's why old fogey Republicans don't like me" banter, she decided to write something critical of...Sarah Palin and the media's obsession with her. And suddenly Meghan McCain is half-relevant again, linked everywhere, sought for comment about what she really thinks of her father's '08 running mate. 

Now that, Meghan, is irony.


Born in the Soviet Union, raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at and about life in the city with her husband and baby at http://www.212baby.comShe can be followed on twitter:


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Comments [21]

William Bednarz from Jersey City New Jersey

. .If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Say it About Sarah Palin
. . . Snide ?.?.?How does one say something nice, about wink-wink you betcha ?.?.?

Oct. 10 2010 04:25 PM
bandit from Boston, MA

Obama can rightly continue to blame Bush for the problems Bush and the entire smash-the-government republican ideology have caused until the damage is repaired and we can all move on.

Sorry but that's so laughably juvenile it's pathetic. Obama ran for POTUS. The Dems have controlled both house since '06. Crying about the mess left by the person before you is what kindergarteners would do - which pretty much sums up the Obam admin.

Oct. 08 2010 09:06 AM
Dale C. Anderson from 10801 NEW RO,NY

meghan mccain is a dope,in several interviews promoting her drivel,one of them,in response to her reaction to SARAH PALIN being named vp,she said "the same as everybody else,WHO?."this bimbo thinks none of us actually knew who the gov. of ALASKA was.not just DUMB but arrogant too.PERFECT FOR AMERICA!!NEXT she will be on DANCING WITH THE BIMBATS!!

Oct. 08 2010 08:25 AM
Tim from vermont, USA

" If she ever ran and won, everyone would see for themselves she is an empty suit and the extent of how truly ineffective she is."

Wow, where could we have gotten the idea that something like that might happen to somebody who won the presidency?

Oct. 08 2010 07:51 AM
MikeC from Rockville MD

Meghan McCain - giving blondes with nice knockers a bad name since 2008.

I don't understand the nastiness directed at Sarah Palin - any of it, from any angle. Palin hasn't insulted anyone's mother, or left a flaming bag of doggie-do on anyone's doorstep.

Oct. 08 2010 04:33 AM
Mary MacKenzie from Fort Worth Texas

J M Heinrichs from Lotusland, I humbly and happily stand corrected! Thanks for the info. And Meghan still needs to grow up and get her own life!!!

Oct. 07 2010 11:47 PM
J.M. Heinrichs from Lotusland

Just for Mary from Fort Worth: see No. 16

Oct. 07 2010 11:29 PM

Meghan McCain will never be known for her own accomplishments - she has none to date. It also appears, based on her character, that it is unlikely that she will have any in the future.

Meghan, your fifteen minutes of fame are just about up. Nobody listens to you.

Oct. 07 2010 09:11 PM
Assistant Village Idiot

Gordon, slight correction. Elected in 2006, but didn't take control until early 2007. As the policies in place only gradually give way to the policies of the new congress, and the effects of those policies are not instantaneous, I usually add on another year or more for the balance to tip from the Last Group's Economy to the New Group's economy. So the Democratic congress's policies came fully on line about - huh, Q2 2008.

Apply that rule of delay to the ups and downs of the economy over the last forty years, observing who hold the congress and who holds the WH, and the traditional blame and credit for the economy will change before your eyes.

Oct. 07 2010 08:09 PM
Tami Nantz from

Excellent points all.
I think Meghan really hoped she'd somehow become a celebrity after her dad ran for prez...then Sarah had to come along, and suddenly no one cared about her or her daddy. Now you have Bristol on prime time t.v. and where is Meghan? Oh, yeah, that's right...whining about Sarah. :)

Oct. 07 2010 07:37 PM
Allan E. from Lakeview Arkansas

I followed Meghan's blog during the presidential election. After Sarah Palin was announced as her father's running mate, it became more and more evident that Meghan was jealous of Sarah. Her writings since then seem to indicate that she is a true liberal at heart and would have been an Obama supporter if anyone but her father had run against him.

Oct. 07 2010 07:04 PM
LogicalUS from Sunset SC

You overlooked the most obvious reason that all the ObaM-ORONS absolutely loath Sarah Palin.

The amount of hatred toward this woman from the entire ObaM-ORONs regime from their media, ABC-NBC, down to the most stupid of his followers is that SHE was EVERYTHING which Obama claimed and was propagandized to be.

She was a self-made success who had actually accomplished things while actually taking on the establishment in Alaska.

Obama had been a career freakup who turned an Ivy League education into conducting ACORN workshops and being a TOADY of the Chicago Political machine. The ultimate Empty-suit!

Sarah Palin appeared so late into the game for these biased idiots in their quest to promote this fraud and he threatened their quest. The absolute hatred is also their lashing out because their subconscious is aware that they were were the rubes who fell for the scam of Obama.

Oct. 07 2010 05:03 PM
Otis B. Driftwood

Who is Meghan McCain?

Oct. 07 2010 05:01 PM
Mary MacKenzie from Fort Worth Texas

Did any one else notice that Fotune magazine "most powerful women" forum did NOT include Sarah Palin. It did include some outstanding women who have achieved a great deal in their chosen field, even if the list seemed to include a lot of government types, and of course, as far as I could tell, all liberals. The woman who has the most power in this county is not Michelle Obama, who seems nice enough, but other than being married ot the President and serving on some boards to which someone elses influence landed her there, has been not much more than an Elite darling. Great arms and shoulders, indeed!
Sararh Palin, has on the other hand, actually wielded power throughout this country in this election year. Whether or not you like her politics, she has proved to be a strong influence in an increasingly important part of our political scene. Fortune Mag, shame on you. You missed the most obvious candidate of all for that list this year. Media bias shows up once again. And Meghan, grow up! Accomplish something on your own before tearing into someone else with catty comments and rank jealousy.

Oct. 07 2010 02:50 PM

Democrats assumed control of the House and Senate in 2006 - well before the recession that, according to The Bureau of Economic Analysis, ran from Q2 2008 to Q2 2009. With that recession officially ended, the next one will unambiguously belong to whoever is in charge.

Oct. 07 2010 02:41 PM

Meghan.....if it weren't for Sarah, you would have no audience at all.

You should be sending her flowers and thanking her as any book sales, interviews, or tv spots you get are because of her.

Oct. 07 2010 02:36 PM


Obama will ALWAYS blame GWB because that is all he has. He has no record of accomplishments (unless you count drowning the private sector as an accomplishment) and no record of accountability. As a conservative, I too was not happy about GWB's lack of vetos on spending bills and the over-spending by Republicans as well as Democrats. However, Obama has TRIPLED the deficit over GWB......he has amassed more debt that George Washington through Reagan alone in just a year. Also, you do know that the Democrats have run the Congress for the last several years right?

Oct. 07 2010 02:31 PM

Obama can rightly continue to blame Bush for the problems Bush and the entire smash-the-government republican ideology have caused until the damage is repaired and we can all move on.

Oct. 07 2010 12:23 PM
Karol from NYC

Richie, I never said Sarah Palin would run for president. I don't think she'll ever run, her power and effectiveness lie in being a spokesperson instead of an elected politician.

And how long can Obama blame Bush for his problems? The rest of this term? Next term? Especially as he's kept so many of Bush's policies intact.

Oct. 07 2010 10:18 AM
Richie M from New York City

I don't think Sarah Palin will ever run for President. Palin has carved out a niche for herself---while making millions of dollars for herself---complaining about Obama and the Democrats while they work in the trenches to fix the problems the last administration created. If she ever ran and won, everyone would see for themselves she is an empty suit and the extent of how truly ineffective she is.

Oct. 07 2010 09:30 AM
Tawny Jones from Atlanta, USA

Spot on, Karol. Meghan McCain is boring and silly, with nothing to offer. Why doesn't she run for public office, follow the old family tradition, and all that? But, no; she just carps & whines.

Oct. 07 2010 06:41 AM

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