At night, the crapweasels run

Robert Stacy McCain thinks of himself as a hardnosed reporter on the political beat, which of course is precisely what he is, but I suspect he’s better known in some of the bloggier circles as a Perpetuator of Memes. (Two words: Rule 5.)

And then there’s the term “crapweasel,” which turns up twice this week, in connection with two different, um, organisms:

Looking at polls showing him losing GOP primary to Pat Toomey, geriatric crapweasel [Arlen] Specter opportunistically decides to change to Democratic Party.

So Crist has gone from +31 to -23 in the span of 10 months. Why? Because Marco Rubio is an appealing young conservative and Charlie Crist is a washed-up, two-faced, backstabbing crapweasel.

A Google search for “‘stacy mccain’ + crapweasel” produces more than six hundred hits, not only at McCain’s place, but at other places where he’s written, such as the AmSpecBlog and Twitter.

I don’t think he actually originated the term — see, for instance, this Michelle Malkin piece that predates McCain’s headlong plunge into blogdom — but he’s done as much as anyone to propel the term into the vernacular. I figure the O.E.D. will have no trouble coming up with appropriate citations when the time comes. And given the current media definition of “civility,” which boils down to “We can criticize your douchebags, but don’t you dare say a word about our fine orators,” the time will likely come sooner than we think.


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 April 2010 · 12:01 pm

    It would certainly be cromulent if “crapweasel” made it into the next OED.

  2. Brett »

    23 April 2010 · 10:14 pm

    I first heard it used by David Schwimmer’s character in an early episode of Friends, addressed to the Italian man Rachel was dating. That would make it sometime in 1994 or 1995

  3. CGHill »

    24 April 2010 · 10:18 am

    Ross would say something like that, wouldn’t he?

  4. Foxfier »

    25 April 2010 · 1:41 am

    On “crapweasel.”

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