The Players: Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, Conservative pundit, and savvy victim-blogger; Newt Gingrich, Republican hopeful and distant third-placer in the Romney inevitability race; Tucker Carlson, Conservative pundit and creator of the Daily Caller news site
The Opening Serve: Meghan McCain is on Team Romney (and has been for some time) which, unfortunately for Newt Gringrich, means throwing the other non-Romneys aside--Newt in particular. She visited the Imus in the Morning show last month to talk shop about the 2012 hopefuls. "I don't need a rockstar president, I never did," said McCain. Perry, she said, is "just wasting everyone's time." She then went on a tangential but fiery rant about the third-place Gingrich. "It's the same thing I think about Newt Gingrich. This is obviously some kind of vanity project. And I don't think running for president should be a vanity project," said McCain. "I don't like him. I don't even care about Newt Gingrich, he's so passé to me. He's not relevant." Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller news site caught up with Gingrich, who asked, "How would she have a clue?"
The Return Volley: McCain, the newly-minted MSNBC contributor, appeared on the network earlier this week and shared more thoughts on Newt Gingrich. "I think he’s delusional," said McCain. "And him calling me clueless I just think is so sexist and disgusting and lame and a really offhanded remark … that he’s making towards me and I think it's ridiculous." McCain's comments prompted Carlson to link to the interview and tweet: "Whatever John McCain's sins, he does not deserve a daughter like this..." McCain fired back, "That's by far the nastiest thing anybody has said about me in a very long time Tucker. Genuinely hurt my feelings." Carlson eventually apologized, which then turned into a half-apology: "I was just annoyed that you described criticism of you as 'sexism.'"