“In The Future, Every Twitpic Will Be World-Famous For 15 Minutes.”

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Matt Lewis at Politics Daily:

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain and a writer for The Daily Beast, has threatened to quit Twitter after a sexy self-portrait she posted on the popular micro-blogging site stirred controversy.

The picture on her Twitter page, accompanied the words “my spontaneous night,” prompted an immediate backlash from some of her 60,000-plus followers on the site, prompting the controversial but prolific McCain to post a series of comments defending herself and, ultimately, threatening to shut down her feed.

In one Tweet, she said, “so I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing but apparently anything other than a pantsuit I am a slut, this is”

A few minutes later, she added, “why I have been considering deleting my twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment.” About an hour later: “ok I am getting the #%$^ off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters.”

As of this writing, it is unclear if she will leave Twitter for good.

McCain has long been a controversial figure, angering some conservatives for her insipid commentary (see “The GOP Party Doesn’t Understand Sex“) as well as her attempts to moderate the GOP position on social issues.

ABC News’ Jake Tapper came to McCain’s defense, Tweeting, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot people? Leave @McCainBlogette alone. if she’s not your cup of tea, move on. Yeesh. So foxtrot lame.”

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis at Bloggingheads discuss the picture and controversy.

Ann Althouse:

I’m interested to see how many of the lefty liberals and feminist poseurs who loved to say that I was attacking a woman merely for having breasts are saying that Meghan McCain is doing anything more than just having breasts.

And in the cleavage between Chris and MM’s comments, we have Mr. Forward saying:

“Hey boy, look over there. Balloons!”
Ah, yes! How thematically satisfying it was to have Meghan’s buffoonish, balloonish breasts rising into the public view on the same day as The Boy’s Balloon. Now, the Boy in the Balloon has been downgraded to the Boy in the Box. I don’t really know what that portends for Meghan’s breasts.

Taylor Marsh:

After Meghan “Don’t Call Me A Slut” McCain’s photo fiasco, Kathleen Parker must be so embarrassed. Parker’s column yesterday, “Time for GOP Women” reading even more like an Onion article today. Never mind that Ms. McCain willingly, knowingly and proudly set herself up for this by putting up this type photo in the first place. But considering conservatives are the biggest consumers of porn in the U.S., maybe Meghan McCain is foxy crazy.

As to Mrs. Parker’s advice to the GOP that “The answer is . . . drum roll, please . . . ,” I’ve been saying this for years, which is the case well beyond our own borders. But the cast of female characters in the GOP play of Parker’s choosing isn’t exactly worthy of a drum roll, let alone fanfare announced yesterday in her Washington Post column.

[...]

The irony of having Meghan McCain on Parker’s list, considering Mrs. Parker was the first conservative to lambast , is just too delicious. Ms. McCain has certainly been outspoken on needing to open their tent, with everyone fawning over the young woman’s contrarian views, but politicians require good instincts and judgment, something Ms. McCain seems to be sorely lacking. Cindy could have warned her. Sure Ms. McCain can learn, but the obvious question to ask Mrs. Parker is what wonk power John McCain’s daughter brings to the table beyond her gift for gab and big… er… good looks? Though that hasn’t stopped Republican know nothing stars like now disgraced Jon Ensign.

Meghan McCain responds on Daily Beast:

On Wednesday, I posted a hastily taken self-portrait on Twitter—which I thought was funny and silly—and within a few hours I had caused a minor media scandal. I spent most of the next day thinking about what exactly was so shocking about the picture, why there was such an immediate and nasty overreaction. After all, it’s not like I was caught making a sex tape. I certainly didn’t pose nude for Playboy. And I hadn’t even exposed a nipple.

So why all this Sturm und Drang?

Could it be it’s because I have breasts? Because for those of you who didn’t know, I have two. They’re larger than some women’s and not as big as others. I don’t usually show off my cleavage—as I did in the photos I posted—which I will admit is not the smartest thing I have ever done. But it’s just not worth the drama it caused.

[...]

As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I live my life very openly. I will happily tell you what I’m doing every minute of every day. I will tell you what songs I’m listening to, what movies I’ve seen, and what books I’ve read. (That’s Arthur Danto’s new biography of Andy Warhol in the photo, by the way.) I love reading other people’s Tweets to me.

It’s amazing what you can learn. And I’ve certainly endured my share of harsh comments from those who follow me. But yesterday was the first time it really wasn’t fun. It’s not easy to be called a slut. But I’m not giving up my Twitter just yet—I’m just going to be more judicious in how I use it. At the end of the day, I am a work in progress. I am not perfect and have never given anyone the assumption that I am. I turn 25 next week and I am still adjusting to the glare of the spotlight and making mistakes.

This is the last time I’ll ever address this non-scandal but at the very least I hope other girls can learn from this episode before they post any kind of photo online. I know I have learned a valuable lesson about the Internet and the boundaries between personal and public use with social media.

I just wanted to get that off my chest.

Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine

Wonkette:

There’s no corroboration of the deus-ex-Twitter thing, so, T-minus negative two seconds until something exactly like this happens again, and Meg copies and pastes this insipid column and publishes it yet another time, for money. She ends the piece: “I just wanted to get that off my chest.” IF YOU’VE LEARNED ANYTHING TODAY ABOUT RESPECTING WOMEN YOU WILL PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORD “TO” AND IGNORE THE SEX PHRASES OF “GET OFF” AND “CHEST.”

Alan Colmes:

It is my fervent hope that the Republic will, somehow, be able to withstand this hazardous bump in the road and that, ere too long, this short national nightmare will be over.

UPDATE: Noreen Malone at Double X

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