sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 27, 2012

Item! Meghan McCain Owns a Library

Filed under: politics — Tags: — edge of the sandbox @ 6:05 pm

At least according to New York Post, she does. (Via The Camp of The Saints).  The publication interviewed her library, and she can think of 4 (four) books right off the top of her “head”:

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

My dad read it to me when I was about 13, while we were on vacation, and I remember his voice going up and down in its cadence. I loved the story of the marlin and the man, who was unlucky but had an apprentice who believed in him. It’s a beautiful, quick read.

OK, so she didn’t read that one, it was read to her.  I can see her father liking this kind of manly writing, and she probably remembered it because it was, like, a book.

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

I’m obsessed with science fiction. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little and went to space camp — twice! This was my first Ray Bradbury book. I loved the concept that we’ve destroyed our planet and had to colonize Mars, where the Martians aren’t so welcoming. There’s one story about a Martian woman falling in love with an astronaut, and her husband kills him. It was so creepy!

I don’t get “creepy” from Meg’s retelling, but nevermind.  I’m not “obsessed” with science fiction, and this regurgitation of plot details combined with factoids of the Meghan’s childhood do not make me want to pick up the book.

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

I’m not a big romance girl, but I just loved reading about Pip pining after Estella — this unrequited love. I think everyone knows some older, wealthy woman like the eccentric Miss Havisham. The first time I read it, a guy had messed with my heart, and I thought, I know why women wouldn’t love again.

A great thing about the classics is that people from all walks of life can relate to them.  Even the young, wealthy daughters of powerful men who evidently get rejected from time to time, perhaps due to lack of substance.  But no, not “everyone” knows “some older, wealthy […] eccentric woman”.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

by Hunter S. Thompson

I’m obviously not an acid taker, but I love this book. There are a ton of great quotes in it, and one of them is on my Twitter handle: Buy the ticket, take the ride. People have said Thompson would be embarrassed by me, but there’s a video of him shooting guns and drinking whisky [sic], and I love doing that, too, so I’m sure we have some common ground.

Oh, I dunno.  Some people claim to attain enlightenment through LSD.  If all else fails, perhaps Meg should try it (kidding).  I’m curious to know who told Meghan McCain that Hunter S. Thompson would be embarrassed by her.  I admit, I’m a bit amazed that Meghan McCain finds it so easy to acknowledge that she’s an embarrassment.

Meghan McCain in a keffiyah, c. 2008. Click through to Debbie Schlussel to see more photos of Meg wearing the hip, jihadi accessory.

The interview was preceded by the following write up:
As titles go, “America, You Sexy Bitch” caused a ripple in at least one American household: “My dad hated it!” says Meghan McCain of Sen. John McCain’s reaction to her book, co-written with comedian (and Democrat) Michael Ian Black. She says her father gradually came around after her mother intervened — and after the book, subtitled “A Love Letter to Freedom,” got a good review in Publishers Weekly. Still, she sighs, “He’s so old school!”Not so Meghan, a single 27-year-old who lives in the West Village and says she’s proud to be a Republican, albeit one who’s in favor of gay marriage. “I don’t like telling people what to do with their lives,” she says. “That’s what’s great about America.”

I feel sad for the John “Old School” McCain.  After many years in a Viet Cong cell, after the defeat of his ’08 Presidential bid at the hands of some shadowy wet between the ears Chicago politico, he has to suffer the humiliation of having this daughter of his popping up on cable news talk shows and what not.  To be sure, no 27 year-old has any business writing books, or almost no 27-year-old, anyway.  But Meghan is particularly ill-suited for the task.

And wouldn’t you want to know that yesterday I got a referral from the search term “how long should i hold acid on my tongue”?  I hope my blog didn’t send a progressive bohemian off on a bad trip.



  1. Great slam of Meggy Mac.

    She’s, like, totally tacky.

    Comment by KingShamus — July 28, 2012 @ 5:43 am

  2. LOL like shootin fish in a barrel, writing about Ms. McCain, innit?

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — July 29, 2012 @ 8:33 am

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