Having a gastric bypass a little over a year ago because I was morbidly obese (peak weight of 296 in July of 2007), and because I’m a blogger, this series of events hits a little too close to home. Basically, I feel like I’m watching a Fractured Fairy Tale where the alternative titles for the cartoon here is “You’re Not Human If You’re Fat” Or “If A Woman Isn’t A Size 0 She Doesn’t Count.” From Think Progress (audio from the YouTubes):

Meghan McCain: And I think there’s an extreme on both parties and I hate extreme. I don’t understand. I have friends that are the most radically conservative and radically liberal people possibly ever and we all get along. We can find a middle ground.

Laura Ingraham (mockingly speaking as if she were Meghan McCain): Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way. And on this 50th anniversary of Barbie®, I really have something to say.

So, let’s back up a bit. On Monday, March 9th, moderate Republican Meghan McCain wrote a column on The Daily Beast, entitled My Beef With Ann Coulter. So last Thursday, Meghan McCain made an appearance on MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow Show, in part of the interview, McCain responds to Ann Colter’s style of commentary. Part one of the interview:

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Part two of the interview:

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In response to the interview, Laura Ingraham played a segment of Meghan McCain’s interview with Maddow, and then Ingraham made a comment about how fat she believes McCain is — dismissing McCain because she’s not as thin as a Barbie doll.

McCain replied to the Ingraham comment with an article entitled Quit Talking About My Weight, Laura Ingraham. McCain concluded her commentary with this paragraph:

At this point, I have more respect for Ann Coulter than I do for Laura Ingraham because at least Coulter didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight. All I can do is try to be a positive role model for women of my generation and, I hope, help show that no matter what industry you are in, what size you are has nothing to do with your worth.

Ouch. McCain has less respect for Ingraham than she does for Coulter because of Ingraham’s substance-less commentary? Ouch.

And, “…what size you are has nothing to do with your worth.” As a woman who not long ago weighed close to 300 pounds, and is full of political opinion, that thought hits home. Thank you for voicing that thought, Meghan McCain.

Seriously, with commentators/entertainers like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham being voices for the Republican party, do Republicans have any real chance of mounting a serious comeback anytime soon? Especially with women…Especially with plus-sized women? Republicans “entertainers” seem to want their party to be as narrowly defined a political party as possible, totally devoid of any women but fluffheaded, ultra-conservative “thinking” versions of Barbie®.

Autumn Sandeen

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