Meghan McCain, the late Senator’s daughter, is attracting well-deserved mockery for her first column in the Daily Mail, the British tabloid. In her lament, John’s little chip of the old block pronounces herself amazed and horrified that Joe Biden, as President, has been exactly what it was obvious to anyone paying attention that he would be after his bumbling, fumbling, sometimes frightening campaign in 2020. This snippet is sufficient:
“The man I once considered a friend and confidante has morphed into a feckless and unreliable leader I no longer recognize. He gives all the signs of stubborn cantankerous naiveté, surrounded by idiotic sycophants anyone who has spent more than fifteen minutes around politics should easily recognize as the worst type of corrupt bureaucrats. Biden’s policies have broken with his rhetoric of unity to create more division and distrust. Inflation has exploded. Americans are paying more at the pump and the grocery and soon for their kids’ holiday toys. The schools are supposed to be reopened, but in-person learning is inconsistent and can be pulled away with the speed of a positive test. The vaccine booster shots, which Biden promised at the beginning of the month, ran into a brick wall of FDA policy. New government mandates are testing the limits of executive power. The man who promised he would shut down the virus, not the country, is doing the opposite.“
Why yes, Meghan, Joe Biden is conducting his Presidency exactly as one should expect from a career political hack of minimal intellectual timber who was obviously in the throes of diminishing capacity when he was nominated, and who was only nominated to be a malleable prop for the far-left while the Democrats pretended that he was a moderate “adult in the room” in contrast to ruthless ideologues like Elizabeth Warren and human racial spoils like Kamala Harris? Why are you surprised?
On the other hand, why does anyone care what Meghan thinks? For the record, she is surprised because,
1. Bias makes you stupid, and Biden was “a friend.”
2. The fact that her whole family detested Donald Trump made any Trump opponent seem benign, and Biden’s potential risk to the nation was a lesser priority than a family vendetta
3. John McCain had many fine qualities, but intellectual acuity was not one of them. His daughter has not demonstrated that she is even up to his modest level in the critical thinking department.
Meghan McCain is in the lowest category of celebrities, the bottom of the barrel, even below reality TV stars. Yes, and even below Alyssa Milano and Nicki Menaj. She is famous for being famous. Her major in college was art history; she has never built anything, managed anything, created anything, or been responsible for anything substantive, other than having her name on books that were written for her. If Meghan’s last name were not McCain, nobody would have ever heard of her, nor would her opinions be of interest to people who are even dimmer than she is. If she were not blond and relatively attractive, even her last name wouldn’t have helped. She cleverly rode her father’s reputation as a “maverick” to get book deals and TV gigs allowing her to issue critiques of politicians and elected officials whose job she couldn’t perform on a dare, regarding issues she has no more expertise regrading than the young man who mows my lawn. She was recruited as a member of “The View’s” collection of ill-informed loud-mouths with ladyparts in 2017, because she could be relied upon to bash Donald Trump from the Right. He was mean to her father, after all.
Her amazement that Joe Biden is a disaster is just further evidence that she has nothing, literally nothing, to contribute to public discourse and national consciousness. America’s willingness to assume that special abilities attach to those bearing the same last names as people who actually did something of use and note has been a blight on the nation virtually from the beginning of its existence. It has burdened the U.S. with mediocre Presidents (John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush), Presidential candidates of dubious skill and trustworthiness ( Hillary Clinton, Al Gore), unqualified widows in elected office (Lurleen Wallace, Mary Bono—it’s happened 48 times in Congress), enough Kennedys of progressively less ability to justify a legal ban, plus Andrew Cuomo. The lower sub-species of people who are accorded worthiness to persuade simply because they share DNA with someone who earned their prominence, is perhaps less harmful, but these smug, fake authorities—this is where Chris Cuomo fits in along with the various Trump spawn—eventually convince themselves as well as others that their opinions have more value that what you can hear at any bar.
The opinions of the Megyn McCains among us are static, making it increasingly difficult for ordinary people to discern who can help clarify difficult issues and problems, and who is just trying to exploit serious problems for their own profit.