Leon Wolf shreds Meghan McCain’s book Dirty Sexy Politics today in the New Ledger. Truthfully, I am not sure the word shreds paints a full enough picture of the literary disembowelment Wolf delivers to the petulant daughter of Senator John McCain. Here is a sample:
It is impossible to read Dirty, Sexy Politics and come away with the impression that you have read anything other than the completely unedited ramblings of an idiot. This being a professional website for which I have a great deal of respect, I searched for a more eloquent or gentle way to accurately phrase the previous sentence – but could not find one.
It is important to know that I was repeatedly tempted just to put the book down, eat the relatively small price I paid to download it to my Kindle, and silently curse Hyperion for publishing this book. After all, they are the ones taking advantage of this particular idiot’s fifteen minutes of fame by exposing her idiocy for the entire world to see. By all appearances, they didn’t even have the decency to hire someone to edit the book – more on that later.
In the final analysis, however, I determined that most of Meghan’s flaws – such as her unbearable narcissism, delusions of persecution, anti-religious bigotry, and mendacity – couldn’t be chalked up to her manifestly below-average intelligence. These are blameworthy traits born of a malfunctioning moral compass, and they are laid bare in spades on every page of Dirty, Sexy Politics. Furthermore, it is important to address them because Meghan McCain’s book is an active attempt to split the Republican Party in two and thereby destroy its ability to win elections. And even though she is an idiot, she is a useful idiot in the hands of the media and other assorted Democrats, who also want to achieve this goal.
Therefore, let us thoroughly evaluate this book on the merits, and see whether anything worthwhile is contained therein.
Needless to say, Wolf finds nothing worthwhile contained therein. Nothing. The best Wolf is able to manage to say on behalf of the book is that Meghan McCain successfully painted a sympathetic portrait of her father in the days following his defeat to Barack Obama. Wolf does this out of obligation, finding it incumbent upon the book reviewer to find at least one positive thing to say about the subject of his scathing review:
I suppose that it is incumbent on me as a book reviewer to mention one positive thing about the book that I liked. The section where McCain describes the days after her father’s crushing defeat on election day were just as poorly written and rambling as the rest of the book, but they were definitely touching and successfully painted her father in a very sympathetic light. As she described the way that Senator McCain achieved catharsis by grilling ribs day after day and healing his wounds surrounded by his family, you get the sense that whatever their flaws, the McCain family does love one another and stick together. So that is something.
Yes that is something I suppose. Wolf accurately describes Meghan McCain as a “useful idiot” in the hands of the media and Democrats intent on destroying Republican chances to win elections. Those who have followed her inexplicable prominence in the days since her father lost the election have lamented this fact repeatedly. Wolf wisely points to the reason McCain’s book was doomed to disaster: “The sad truth is that Meghan McCain is never going to write a book that imparts a basic level of understanding about any topic until she reaches a basic level of understanding about herself.”
That Meghan McCain lacks sufficient insight to regret being the useful idiot once again seems a foregone conclusion. Sadly for her, she was poorly served by those who gleefully put her back in the limelight by publishing a rambling book sorely in need of an editor. It may takes years before she realizes, if she ever truly realizes, publishing her narcissistic ramblings on the faults and failures of conservatives was meant entirely for the entertainment of those who treat Republicans as part of the “ugly travelling circus” day in and day out. Providing Ms. McCain with a strong editor serves no purpose from their point of view. They would far prefer the portrait of a spoiled heiress with delusions of persecution to show that even the supposed “moderates” on the right are stupid. Polishing her writing or challenging her to prove her thesis is entirely antithetical to that ultimate goal.
As sure as the sun will rise, Meggie Mac will chastise Mr. Wolf and the conservative movement he represents for raining on her media moment with this scathing review. She will surely blame anyone but herself and the liberals who use her as an idiot pawn in their game. To do anything different would require the basic level of understanding required for her to write a thoughtful book to begin with. Should Ms. McCain reach that level of maturity and insight, I will gladly buy a book that reflects such development. In the mean time I am not holding my breath.
Cross posted at Ruby Slippers