Tea Party Candidate Goes After Meghan McCain

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Friday, February 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Here’s one example of how little the McCain brand is cherished by the conservative grassroots. Les Phillip, the self-identified Tea Party Republican candidate challenging party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), just fired off a lengthy statement attacking Meghan McCain — who’s become a sort of a spokeswoman-without-a-constituency for GOP moderation — for comments attacking apparent racism inside the Tea Party movement.

“Myself, and several other black conservative candidates, have enjoyed broad and growing support from the tea party movement,” says Phillip. “Ms. McCain has led a life of privilege and couldn’t understand the pressures of living from paycheck to paycheck. I respect her father’s service to this country, but she ridicules what she cannot understand.”

The whole statement:

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– Alabama Republican congressional candidate Les Phillip, in a statement issued today, called out Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain’s daughter Megan McCain for “reckless and uninformed” comments about the tea party movement. Ms. McCain stated in an appearance on ABC’s “The View” that she believed the tea parties were inherently racist. Her claims were based on discussions within the tea party movement regarding a requirement for voters to demonstrate the ability to read and understand English. Opponents of literacy tests claim that because minorities have lower literacy rates, the tests are meant to prevent minorities from voting. Supporters suggest that literacy testing would result in a more informed electorate, less likely to succumb to catchy but substance-less candidate marketing.
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/meghan-mccain-tea-party-represents-innate-racism/

“Myself, and several other black conservative candidates, have enjoyed broad and growing support from the tea party movement. While any movement has bad eggs, the Tea Party movement has shown itself, as a whole, to be a movement of the people against massive government spending, infringement on personal rights, and job killing regulations. It’s a movement of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. It’s a movement of all races, creeds, and colors. Just this week, a young black woman from Mississippi announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress, after appearing at nearly every Tea Party event held in the state over the past year. This young woman, Angela McGlowan, wrote a top-selling book about how the left has used false accusations of racism to drive blacks into the arms of the Democrat Party, and away from the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. McGlowan is the face of the Tea Party movement for many in the deep south state of Mississippi, a true testament to the attitude of most Tea Partiers,” Mr. Phillip said.

“I have spent the last year attending and speaking at Tea Parties myself, here in the 5th district, and throughout Alabama. I attended the monumental rally in Washington D.C. on September 12 and I’ve heard from Tea Party activists from all over the United States. Here in Huntsville, the Tea Party rallies have been organized by a hard working 26 year old girl, Christie Carden with the help of several others in their 20′s and 30′s. These young patriots are not thinking about race when they rally against trillion dollar stimulus bills, the massive government takeover of health-care or the “cap and trade” bill that would drive many of them onto the welfare rolls with thousands of dollars in new taxes and increased energy costs. They are thinking about the future and they are thinking about the jobs we will need to survive. Ms. McCain has led a life of privilege and couldn’t understand the pressures of living from paycheck to paycheck. I respect her father’s service to this country, but she ridicules what she cannot understand.”

“I encourage voters to look past race, political parties and petty ridicule. Look at the powerful diversity, conservative constitutional principles, and Christian values that made this nation the greatest on Earth. The Tea Parties have figured that out, and I believe that on election day, the people of North Alabama will vote to restore those values and bring back personal responsibility and economic liberty. I pledge to support those values for every American, and fight for jobs and businesses here in the Tennessee Valley.”

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chrisjay
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

also noteworthy for the all too rare characterization of ANY Republican as “privileged”—-rightwingers are usually more careful about that kind of lapse! The politically correct (as per Limbaugh) term for these folks to use is “elitist” , but not “privileged”—that hits a little too close to home for corporatist shills


angrymonkey
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

How exactly does Meghan McCain's life of privilege change what Tancredo said?


TheLastBrainLeft
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

There was nothing wrong with what Tancredo said.


TheLastBrainLeft
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

Too many leftist buzzwords. Please try again. WTF are you trying to say?


deejanes
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

Multiple members of Martin Luther King Jr's family have denied that he was ever a Republican. That's a myth that the right just won't let go of, but there's zero evidence.


martina101
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

I'm Black and don't care about this teabagging TOKEN. They had to look hard to find a Black face in the GOP. Anyway, go Meghan. Thanks for sticking up for us. Even if some people find you hard to believe at times, never stop believing in your conscience. Too many times are we told lies by those who only want to manipulate a vote. I believe Meghan and her mom are sincere. I would not vote Republican as I am not one, but I welcome their unifying ways. Definitely.


martina101
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

So we will prepare a wonderful send off to Italy, where his ancestors rose. This is AMERICA, where NATIVE AMERICANS lived for 40, 000 years…… NOT 400 or 40 years. Tancredo is living a privilege that will end when Latinos and Blacks take over this nation as it's most populous block. Whites had their day, now it's our turn.


chrisjay
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

Don't you mean “LostBrainFarRight”?


disqustedinamerica
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

Ah, the always in fashion racist accusations! Does it never end?
The Left constantly accuses the right of being racist, guess what – it doesn't work anymore, if disagreeing with the democrats makes me a racist, then I will gladly accept the label!


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

McCain's daughter is a leftist? That's not how the Young Republicans see it. If you're a racist, you're a racist, no matter the party. Another non-spelling victim of the True Scotsman fallacy.


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angrymonkey
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

didn't say anything was wrong — i asked how does McCain's life of privilege have any bearing on what she said? She disagreed with him because she feels differently not because she's a heiress. With lots of money. Who could one day help fund all those people running for office.

Remember that.


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MaryRC
Comment posted February 12, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

“discussions within the tea party movement regarding a requirement for voters to demonstrate the ability to read and understand English”

What about the ability to spell English? Did you ever see the signs at a tea-bagger rally? If the ability to spell was a requirement, none of them could vote.


Ogami Itto
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 3:01 am

Meghan McCain has a great pair of tits. That's all I've got.


gadsdengurl
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 10:08 am

Well I guess SHE was pwned!

She is such an airhead, and it's amazing she and Behar can sit there, the two dumbest women on TV and call Sarah Palin dumb!


gadsdengurl
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 10:09 am

She is an oxymoron – she calls herself a 'progressive republican'.

Then again, she's just a plain moron. LOL

Progressives are socialists. She is trying to be cool and still stay in the party of her progressive father I guess.

She doesn't make progressives look good.


gadsdengurl
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 10:14 am

Now THAT martina101 is a racist statement! Had their day? Why can't you just act normally? Why do you have to 'take over'? This is what causes trouble.

Look it was the lefties who are racist: the minute anyone suggested someone might not pass a test, they automatically assumed “black”.

I say that people who voted to push Obama to the top were white, and they were the dumb ones! In many interviews, they didn't know who controlled congress, who was the VP, and even what Obama's policies were…

So don't tell me that you can extrapolate racism from Tancredo's statement.

Ms McCain is just going on what she hears and reads from stupid libelous bloggers who have deemed it racist by proclaiming he said “let's have Jim Crow again” when he said nothing of the kind.

Racism crying for every little thing is going to spoil it for when there is REAL racism… we are not going to listen.


gadsdengurl
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 10:15 am

It's also sweetly ironic that lefties are talking about 'corporate shills' when this president is in office.


chrisjay
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

I don't know about ironic—there is nothing remotely 'lefty' about Obama, and yes, he often plays the role of corporate shill. He's just Bush-lite across the board


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

There used to be more than just John Birchers, neo-Nazis, conspiracy theory teabaggers, Jeebofascist crazy Republicans in the world. In fact, there used to be conservative, moderate, and liberal wings of both parties. Now only one party has this division with progressives and Blue Dogs. Teabaggers and the lockstep GOP are currently in “Night of the Long Knives” mode, arguing about who is more “radical” than the other and kicking those not sufficiently politically pure, in this case Megan McCain.
The Bull Moose party, America's Progressive Party, was made up of Republicans who were tired of the corruption of both parties but particularly those held captive by oil, steel, railroad, finance (Wall Street), coal, and other industries. In spite of their best efforts, it appears that we are in the same place in 2010 as we were in 1912.
What will the GOP have left when its members are finished purging those deemed politically impure? I'm sure the current Democrats, as whipped as they appear to be in the main, won't be able to take up the slack. But there is a huge mass of the American people unserved by the neo-Fascism rising on the right (see Martin A. Lee, not Jonah Goldberg the welfare queen of neo-Fascist apologia) and the mushy corporate sponsored milquetoast of the DLC (Rockefeller Republicans as they were once called).
There is more than enough room for a new Bull Moose party to run the EXACT SAME PLATFORM Theodore Roosevelt ran on. The issues haven't changed and the struggle will never be resolved satisfactorily-that's why the absolutism of the extreme left and right positions are unsustainable. We have suffered under the yoke of mushy corporatism for 60 years now and average Americans are losing ground no matter which party is in charge.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

If you're a loony, that is.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

Shorter GG: Why won't you dark skinned people just know your places and not get all uppity? It was all so much easier for us when you stayed in the back of the bus.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

Too many words. Hard to understand. Hulk smash what not understand!!!!


chrisjay
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

“progressives are socialists”
case closed, huh?
Megan may be an oxymoron, but you're just a plain moron.


chrisjay
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

funny how you begin by making a specious accusation of racism and end by lecturing about the perils of specious racist accusations.
Or as you would put it, “sweetly ironic”. Irony is not sweet. Maui onions are sweet.


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angrymonkey
Comment posted February 14, 2010 @ 1:24 am

You are so right. DEAR JESUS, WHY DID THE DARKIES EVER LEARN HOW TO READ?


ellid
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:52 am

Please produce evidence that Meghan McCain writes crib notes on the palm of her hand, is unable to pronounce “Biden,” and freezes solid when asked what newspapers and magazines she reads. Only then will I admit that she's dumber than Sarah Palin, who is the stupidest, least articulate candidate for anything I've ever seen, including the yobbos who run for offices like registrar of deeds.


ellid
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:53 am

And you make conservatives look like idiots.


ellid
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:54 am

Tancredo's comment showed nothing but his own ignorance. Literacy tests for voters were outlawed over forty years ago.


ellid
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:56 am

Sorry, old sport, but you aren't convincing anyone. Why don't you actually read something useful, like Ethan Frome?


Mrs_Hut
Comment posted February 16, 2010 @ 9:26 am

She IS NOT A SPOKES PERSON FOR THE GOP!!!!!!!!!!! What is a Progressive Rep… There is no such thing! What a twit she is…


Mrs_Hut
Comment posted February 16, 2010 @ 9:30 am

Fasicim? do you even know? This was a lot of bla bla bla.. You are right about one thing. …. What might that be… Ah, never mind.. You have no idea as to what your wordy bla said to me… NOTHING but you have it all wrong!


Name
Comment posted February 18, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

I know someone who attends Tea Party events-my own sister. This sister has declared bankruptcy, her husband(also a Tea Party guy) was on unemployment for one year (offered several jobs, but it just wasn't “quite right for him”), uses the first buyer tax credit as marketing for her company, thinks my mom should deed us her house so that she can qualify for more Medicaid and when I ask for specifics on her issues she doesn't have any-In my book the “Tea Party” is a bunch of uniformed selfish hypocrites. I love my sister but she would sell out just about anyone if it made the world better for her. Tom Tancredo is a bigot-so if you don't want to be accused of being a racist organization, don't have a bigot give out your talking points.


Name
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 1:05 am

I know someone who attends Tea Party events-my own sister. This sister has declared bankruptcy, her husband(also a Tea Party guy) was on unemployment for one year (offered several jobs, but it just wasn't “quite right for him”), uses the first buyer tax credit as marketing for her company, thinks my mom should deed us her house so that she can qualify for more Medicaid and when I ask for specifics on her issues she doesn't have any-In my book the “Tea Party” is a bunch of uniformed selfish hypocrites. I love my sister but she would sell out just about anyone if it made the world better for her. Tom Tancredo is a bigot-so if you don't want to be accused of being a racist organization, don't have a bigot give out your talking points.


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Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

you are right about one thing… the bla bla bla thing. ANyway, it's all politics rubbish. Kinda sick of all this.


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