As Meghan McCain reminds us from her seat at The View table, she has her own struggles as a young conservative woman. Now, she can count The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Kelly Dodd as another such burden. The two joined Andy Cohen on last night’s Watch What Happens Live to compare their similar situations: McCain has to deal with liberal women every day, while Dodd has to fight with other California socialites. Both do it in the name of good television. Toward the end of the after-show segment, Cohen asked McCain if she’s ever felt like she was going to be fired from The View, after she claimed she goes to work “assuming I’m going to be fired every day anyway.” (“I do too!” Dodd reminds us. “I’m on Game of Thrones, okay, I’m on Sorority Survivor on my show.”)
When McCain says that she has never actually thought she was going to get fired, Dodd chimes in, “Well, she’s a trust-fund baby, so she doesn’t have to worry!” Cohen jumps to McCain’s defense, explaining, “Well, she’s not a trust-fund baby, she works, she’s worked very hard. She’s a published author.” But Dodd digs her heels in, adding, “What I’m saying is she doesn’t need the job.” McCain, meanwhile, sits quietly and takes it. “I’m not offended, it’s all right,” she says. “I come from privilege, it’s fine. I’m not going to deny that.”
But Dodd cuts her off, saying, “She’s a PHD, ‘Papa Has Dough,’ it’s okay.” And that gets to McCain, who corrects her: “Honey, it’s actually my mother, but that’s okay.” “Yeah, yeah, yeah, Coors Light!” Dodd shouts confidently. “Bud Light, honey,” McCain corrects again. (McCain’s mother, Cindy, is chair of Hensley & Co., a major Bud Light distributor, which she inherited from her father.) Okay, honey?