INTERNET FIGHT!  3:43 pm April 21, 2009

Meghan McCain Rant Directed At One MATTHEW YGLESIAS?

by Jim Newell

Hey we solved a mystery, maybe! In her infamous Twitter Rant, Meghan McCain cites “a particularly nasty comment from a person I won’t say how but I indirectly work with questioning if I have ever worked.” Blah blah blah WHAT? (Just read it a few times and it will vaguely resemble English.) So who is this secret meany? He would have written something for the Daily Beast (freelancing = “indirectly working with”)… why it must be prominent young communist MATT YGLESIAS, YES?

Here’s what he wrote on his blog yesterday: “I’m reading some of this coverage of Meghan McCain’s latest thoughts on the direction of the Republican Party and I can’t help but wonder to myself who on earth is Meghan McCain? To the best of my knowledge we’re talking about a young woman who’s never accomplished anything or held a job.” Matt you have made a MORTAL ENEMY (on Twitter, temporarily) of the President’s daughter!

[Matt Yglesias]

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shortsshortsshorts April 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Hahaha how doesn’t Meghan know that?

Meghan McCain= Eternal Failure of Human Being

MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend April 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

But…he’s not wrong.

Gallowglass April 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

First Daughter, First Hatefuck.

BillyClubb April 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

To the best of my knowledge we’re talking about a young woman who’s never accomplished anything or held a job.

Yes, but she’s morally pure, and that’s all you need to rise to the top of the Republican Party.

Franklin Pierce & Pierce April 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Occasional taunting from the poors is the price one pays for being born rich and well-connected. Such is life.

ManchuCandidate April 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I know who Meghan McCain is and I still don’t care.

Fox News Light April 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Megan is pro gay because she lives in the secret Democrat closet…

Meghan is great..leave her alone.

eclecticbrotha April 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Anybody who looks that fail in dreds should be Meghan’s enemy.

Matt did take a nice shot at her because she falls into the Paris Hilton “Famous for being Famous” category.

SayItWithWookies April 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

That’s an obsolete standard anyway. If getting paid by your daddy or his friends doesn’t count, then Dubya never had a job or accomplished anything either, and almost a quarter of the country thinks he’s the shit.

queeraselvis v 2.0 April 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I’m sure dear Matty is a wonderful human being and an incisive, thoughtful writer, but damn if he doesn’t look like Lisa Bonet gone horribly, horribly wrong in that pic.

Prommie April 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I would punch him out for her if she would let me hit it.

Origami April 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Yikes! When a blogger makes fun of you for never holding down a job you know you have hit rock bottom.

Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish! April 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Yglesias is the Perez Hilton of the blogosphere. Insufferable in the face of eminent hittability.

Min April 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Damn, but she’s dumb as a coal bucket.

dementra April 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Cool, he picked up one of those rasta knit hats that come preloaded with dreadlocks when he was on the K-Lo/Billy Kristol love boat cruise in the Caribbean.

Crab1 April 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm


Never forget.

chascates April 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Someone is not going to find a 12-pack of Bud Light under the Christmas tree this year.

Texan Bulldoggette April 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I can see from her LONG list of accomplishments & pseudo jobs (interning at SNL, working a flower desk at a hospital & “working” on her dad’s campaign) that Matt’s navel lint is smarter than Meghan.

proudgrampa April 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm

[re=295432]Crab1[/re]: I’ve already started drinking…

SmutBoffin April 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Jeebus, is this how pundits flirt? Or are they really fighting? Sometimes I can’t tell the difference.


@MattY Do you like me? Tweet one: Y/N.

posted 15 minutes ago from web

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm

[re=295430]dementra[/re]: Gawd love ya.

Terry April 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Those are some truly unfortunate extensions.

kthxbai...also April 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

did you know bloggette was the first blog to cover a presidential campaign?


Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Oh Matt, I think you’d sleep better at night if you just crawled into bed with me.

JMP April 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm

If romantic comedy TV and movies have taught me anything, it’s that the apparent hatred and bickering between these two is because both are actually deeply attracted to each other, and eventually (most likely during the final week of May) they will suddenly start making out in the middle of an argument, and realize their feelings of twue love.
Just you wait; it’ll be like Sam and Diane, Maddie and David, or O’Reily and Olberman.

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Pondering Matt’s last name, is this one of those “sometimes” that Y is a vowel?

Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish! April 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

[re=295446]Custerwolf[/re]: Man, the only way I can get my brain around this is that you’re willing to mercy eff a libtard….the Custerwolf myth must not demean itself!

mrpuma2u April 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

[re=295439]SmutBoffin[/re]: Now that’s funny

kthxbai...also April 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

[re=295444]Terry[/re]: they’re not real?

51dimes April 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

First Daughter, First love has its antagonist. Juicy!

jagorev April 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I share Meghan’s outrage, because, I mean, who the f*ck is Matt Yglesias? At least Meghan’s hot. Matt Yglesias is Meghan McCain minus the boobs, the blond hair, or the spelling abilities.

A Better American Than YOU April 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm

We would all be better off if a photo of Meggie had been used to illustrate the story. Or better yet, a photo of Giada de Laurentis.

Jukesgrrl April 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

If living off a trust fund disqualified people from writing “for a living,” The Daily Beast would have to fire half its staff. The Washington Post, too, for that matter. Not that I want to go on record as defending Meghan. That “sentence” quoted above is incomprehensible. If she’s not donating regularly to Columbia’s alumni fund, they need to disown her.

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

[re=295454]Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish![/re]: Christ Tommy – I had the wrong goddamned Matt Yglesias. What can I say, I don’t get out much.

Gopherit April 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm

To be fair, one blogger bitching about the accomplishments of another sounds like a fight between medalists at the special olympics.

Gopherit April 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm

[re=295463]jagorev[/re]: Oh, he has the boobs.

Hopey dont play that game April 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

If a fro on a Jew is a “Jewfro”, do you call dreds on a Jew “Jereds” (pronounced like the Subway guy)? I need a ruling here.

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

[re=295454]Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish![/re]: Also – I do NOT mercy-or pity- fuck anyone. Ever. Since there are lovely working girls out there offering their services, I would only feel like a scab crossing the picket lines.

Woodwards Friend April 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Matt is like Danny DeVito to Enrique’s Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Crab1 April 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

[re=295438]proudgrampa[/re]: You are a true patriot.

Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish! April 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

[re=295492]Custerwolf[/re]: I hear you but I was looking at the pic above. I figured you had better taste than that. At least in my fevered imagination….thank god there’s an ice machine around here.

Joshua Norton April 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Lisa Bonet gone horribly, horribly wrong in that pic.

Call 911! I can’t breath because I’m laughing so hard!



Crow T. Robot April 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I love when the children of the wealthy list all the stuff they’ve done working for their dad’s friends. I’ve had this conversation more than once.

Meghan, Sweetie, listen up: You will always have more money than me. You will always have a good job. You will always have lots of pretty friends & someplace to go. You will never miss a meal you don’t want to miss. This is all true.

But honey, nobody who works for a living will ever, ever, respect you–even if you ask them and they say they do. Even if they volunteer the information.

Fact. & there’s nothing you can do about it, and when you snuggle down in you five million count silk sheets under your goose down comforter on daddy’s yacht, and close your eyes to let the gentle ocean motion rock you to sleep, it’ll still be a fact.

Go away. Do not want.

catsquatch April 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

[re=295448]JMP[/re]: I’m sure that it’s covered in “First Daughter, First Love” where she has to choose between maintaining her joint blog with the dangerously raffish blogger or the dashing and polished Republican closet case.

catsquatch April 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

[re=295459]51dimes[/re]: godammit! Me typey too slow. Or maybe I too need a series of internships arranged by JMc to free up more time to “write”

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm

[re=295501]Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish![/re]: I just lost myself in a wonderful fantasy about traveling through Europe….

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Meghan deserves street cred in the same way that I deserve to be called a musician after receiving a free guitar with my Volkswagen.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla April 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Dear Ms. McCain,

Mr. Yglesias asserted that you never held a job and you got all pissy and listed the jobs you’ve had. Ignoring that some of those endeavors you list can’t really be considered a “job” as that word is defined in English, notice that Mr. Yglesias used the word “held” and not “had.” Do you see the difference now?

gjdodger April 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

[re=295489]Hopey dont play that game[/re]: “Dredlox”

chascates April 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

[re=295469]Jukesgrrl[/re]: I vote for disqualifying Tom Friedman on that basis.

Magnus Maximus April 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Methinks Meghan McCain doth protest too much!

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

[re=295545]gjdodger[/re]: Dredlox – the smell those things aquire after spending a bit of time near Meghan’s cooter.

JadedDIssonance April 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm

[re=295552]Magnus Maximus[/re]: In a Fucking Twatted Nutshell, yes.

Zadig April 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm

[re=295470]Custerwolf[/re]: Oh thank god, you were thinking of some rugged outdoors-y fucker. The notion of you going for some insufferable hippy blogger completely obliterated your vague personality outline on file in the Wonkeratti office in Easter Island.

Matt Yglesias, going purely by the header pic, seems like the sort of person I wish I didn’t agree with on most policy issues. You know, the guys that make you want to take the opposite side in an argument, only you think “no wait, I actually agree with that.” And it happens over and over, until I feel vaguely ill.

Gopherit April 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

[re=295577]JadedDIssonance[/re]: a twatted nutshell sounds like some sort of hygiene problem.

Zadig April 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm

[re=295514]Custerwolf[/re]: Oh holy shit, the guy works for a tour called “Europe through the Back Door.”

JadedDIssonance April 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

[re=295583]Gopherit[/re]: Dammit! Now all I can think about is filth-encrusted-teabags!

Czn939 April 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Someone should put on a blonde wig and make a teary YouTube video asking teh folkz to
If only I had a webcam…

AnnieGetYourFun April 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm

[re=295583]Gopherit[/re]: [puts down healthy snack of unsalted pistachios] Huh. Yeah.

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

[re=295588]Zadig[/re]: I was hoping that unfortunate choice of words would go unnoticed. What was I thinking.

Custerwolf April 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm

[re=295595]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Whoa there missy – healthy? I recall a recall on those things!

Brendan M. April 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm

[re=295474]Gopherit[/re]: To be fair (as is not the wont here, I know), Matt Yglesias is not particularly self-righteous or hypocritical in the whole post:

But, you know, before I begrudge the success of a not-clearly-qualified young blogger/pundit I suppose I’d better the insulation on my glass house. So instead I’ll just say that the fact that Meghan McCain is, apparently successfully, launching a career as a political pundit capable of garnering a book deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars all based on being the daughter of a failed presidential candidate should give people pause about the meritocratic nature of American capitalism. I mean, more power to her. But I’d sleep better at night knowing she’s going to pay a very high tax rate on that book deal, and the money could be put to use giving Pell Grants and health insurance to kids who don’t have multi-millionaire celebrity dads.

And most of his posts are reasonable. He isn’t my favorite of the “juicebox mafia” or anything, but I wouldn’t consider him a true “libtard,” either. That photo is pretty libtarded, though (Milli Vanilli?).

problemwithcaring April 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I hope Meghan will silence her critics by Tweeting a more comprehensive CV, which includes her graduation from Sunday School, a coupon from Cold Stone Creamery noting her status as “Most Loyal Customer,” and her poem published in the National Library of Poetry’s anthology, which as a featured poet, would have only cost her $49.95 plus $7.00 shipping.

Czn939 April 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm

[re=295617]Brendan M.[/re]: But seriously folks, I didn’t know one needed qualifications to be a blogger/pundit.

Brendan M. April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm

[re=295617]Brendan M.[/re]: Why don’t you just marry him? It will be legal soon…

2druk2phluq April 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm

[re=295617]Brendan M.[/re]: he’s still pretending to be heterosexual though…

Brendan M. April 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

[re=295656]2druk2phluq[/re]: So am I. I played football in high school, though, so I think I have an ironclad case.

thesycophant April 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Oh, God, you’re not supposed to even fucking use Twitter like that.

Bruno April 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

It took him this long to figure this out? Did he not get press pass tixxx to the Striaght Talk Express like the rest of us?

Keram2 April 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

OH COME ON! That picture is begging for alt text. Seriously.

BobLoblawLawBlog April 22, 2009 at 7:16 am

By the way, Yglesias claimed Meghan never HELD a job, not that she’d never HAD a job. Reading is hard, y’all!

BobLoblawLawBlog April 22, 2009 at 7:17 am


Mr Blifil April 22, 2009 at 7:37 am

[re=295503]Crow T. Robot[/re]: Breathtaking.

dijetlo April 22, 2009 at 9:36 am

This is Wonkette, the standard here is, is she snarkable, not is she accomplished.
Strap another bullseye on the heifers back, I still got ammo.

iolanthe April 22, 2009 at 10:21 am

[re=295489]Hopey dont play that game[/re]: A ‘fro on a Jew has long been called an “Isro”, a mild play on words re “Afro”. It only slid to “Jewfro” because “Isro” was just *too* indirect for dumb peoples’ senses of humor. (Not saying you’re dumb. But you learned it from someone dumb.)

Ever noticed that? People who aren’t bright enough to deal with subtlety or an entire One Level of Indirection will regularly fuck up jokes. I once made an entire room of coworkers blow coffee out their noses by coming in one morning and saying, to a dejected-appearing male coworker, “Aw. What’s the matter, Jerry? You look like somebody let all the air out of your girlfriend!”

It had to be explained to one coworker. A few days later she was telling some folks about the funny thing I said, “So she says to Jerry, ‘What’s the matter, Jerry? You look like somebody let all the air out of your inflatable doll’”.

The fuck I did. *THAT* wouldn’t have been 1/10th as funny. It’s the indirection that makes a joke hit the sweet spot.

Bowdoin April 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

[re=295426]Min[/re]: Hold it! Invidious! A coal bucket very definitely has a job, and it’s a commendable one, too, if it’s clean coal.

Bowdoin April 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

[re=295469]Jukesgrrl[/re]: When the Taliban finally takes over they’re gonna cut through the entire culture and eliminate any celebrity who is undeserving and not earning its keep. Who will that leave?

Bowdoin April 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

[re=296088]iolanthe[/re]: It’s probably very encouraging to work in a sheltered workshop where such jokes be considered “subtle.”

arclight April 22, 2009 at 11:52 am

You finally cured me, Wonkette! Instead of getting my usual mega-erection after hearing the name Meghan McCain, I instead became extremely nauseous from that picture of Matthew Yglesias!!!

thefrontpage April 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Meghan McCain: Just shut the hell up and go away.

Really, you are an idiot.

Sara Benincasa April 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm

This is what he gets for spelling his name with a “Y” to throw us off the scent that inevitably leads right to the door of one Enrique Iglesias, his brother and dearest friend.

zhubajie April 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm

It’s probably a safe bet that she’s never had dirt on her fingers.

Zhu Bajie

Bruno June 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm

And meanwhile, Meghan has managed to continue to have shut down her other arch-enemy, Joe the Plumber’s website/blog/means of promoting branded merchandise

Could it be that Meghan’s got more longevity than JTP following the political campaign?

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