It’s hard to think of the utterly unaccomplished blogger Meghan McCain, who blathers on about things she knows little about in her Valley Girl voice, as an intelligent, well informed person. Glenn Beck went even further on his TV show Friday, calling the self-described progressive Republican a “useful idiot.”
Beck spent time mocking McCain, daughter of fair weather conservative Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), for her observations on the tea party movement. Her thoughts happened to be both incredibly dumb and useful to the left.
Beck rolled tape of ”The View” on which McCain the younger bought into the hateful leftist characterizations of Americans’ nationwide revolt against President Obama’s socialist healthcare scheme and Big Government in general:
It’s innate racism and I think it’s why young people are turned off by this movement. And I’m sorry revolutions start with young people, not with 65 year old people talking about literacy tests and people who can’t say the word vote in English.
Apparently McCain was responding to statements made by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) at the recent National Tea Party Convention in Nashville. In his speech, Tancredo said people “who could not spell the word vote or say it in English” elected a “committed socialist ideologue” because the country does not require a “civics literacy test.”
But McCain doesn’t seem to understand that Tancredo’s statement isn’t necessarily racist and isn’t actually representative of the tea party movement per se. Concern about illegal immigration and the woeful state of civics literacy in America isn’t anything new. Many tea party supporters may happen to share Tancredo’s concerns, but the movement arose out of growing concerns that the government is spending the nation into oblivion.
Meghan McCain just doesn’t get it.