The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done . . .

Posted on | September 29, 2010 | 87 Comments

. . . which is the kind of double-dog-dare-ya thing you should never say to me. Ladies and gentlemen, the Tweet Heard ‘Round the World:

My response was appropriately dignified:

How long has this been my goal? Remember, this all started when Alyssa Milano re-Tweeted a post by Mickey Kaus last October. At that time, she had more than 300,000 followers — she’s now got more than 1 million — and everybody said it would never happen.

Not only was she a famous Hollywood celebrity but, as I explained at The American Spectator:

Some of my friends say that Alyssa is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. . . . Surely, however, she would not allow mere politics to prejudice her Twitter habits.

Whenever you set out to achieve great things, you will immediately be told that it can’t be done. And if you listen to the naysayers, you’ll never achieve anything. Had I heeded the voices of discouragement– “Ah, she’s just another liberal Hollywood bimbo” — this never would have happened.

Fortune favors the bold. Those who dare, do.

Or, as my father often told me, “Son, ‘can’t’ never could.”

In a follow-up Tweet, Alyssa paid tribute to my persistence:

Yeah. You can ask Mrs. Other McCain about that.

Many thanks are due. Dan Collins of Piece of Work in Progress was an early supporter of the “Just One Tweet, Alyssa” campaign, and many others joined in. For nearly a year, it was a running joke — until it became a reality.

So thank you, Alyssa Milano.

And all you people who said it would never happen?

Hit the freaking tip jar!


87 Responses to “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done . . .”

  1. Mike LaRoche
    September 29th, 2010 @ 3:27 am

    Congrats, Stacy!! I’ll bet you’re on the top of the world, lookin’ down on creation…

  2. Rob
    September 29th, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    Congrats, but what will we talk about next?

  3. Rob
    September 29th, 2010 @ 3:39 am

    Wow, that jumped your twitter followers up 200+

  4. Mike LaRoche
    September 29th, 2010 @ 3:45 am

    You can bet that this is a feat that Chuckie Johnsonless will NEVER achieve.

  5. The Silent Majority
    September 29th, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    You have earned my undying respect.

  6. Sissy Willis
    September 29th, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Okay, old dog. You’ve caught the car. What’s your new trick? ;D

  7. Dan Collins
    September 29th, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    Well, if that don’t beat all. You ain’t never gonna wash that avatar now, is ya?

  8. Rich Crowther
    September 29th, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    Robert the Tenacious?

    Gimme Bob the Bold anytime!

  9. Lee Hernly
    September 29th, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Congrats Robert!

  10. Charles Johnson
    September 29th, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    The best revenge of all is living well…

    Damn you RSM. I tried to destroy you, yet you get stronger? I feel like the Grinch when he is ready to toss all the Who’s stuff off Mount Crumpet.

  11. Obi's Sister
    September 29th, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    Well done, sir! Now what’s next? Raising the Titanic?

  12. Charles Johnson
    September 29th, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    That tweet from Ayssa is like the sound of the Whos down in Whoville beging glad, not sad.

    I am so mad I am going to eat a gallon of Chunky Monkey today.

  13. AngelaTC
    September 29th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Ha ha ha! How awesome!!!

  14. richard mcenroe
    September 29th, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    “Man’sreach should exceed hif grasp, or what’s a restraining order for?”

  15. JeffS
    September 29th, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    YAYS FOR STACY!!!!!!!!

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  17. KingShamus
    September 29th, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    RS, all I can say to you is…


  18. theCL
    September 29th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Stacy McCain rules!

  19. Lou
    September 29th, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    Man, I love this story. You’re response to Ms. Milano is a Twitter classic.

  20. ak4mc
    September 29th, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Stacy’s got a new birthday.

  21. Txskirt
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    Congratulations! Good things come to those who wait.

  22. richard mcenroe
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    Linked with additional…

  23. Wondering Jew
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    If Alyssa Milano will re-tweet Stacy, then maybe miracles do occur. I now expect to see a Christine O’Donnell victory in November. . .

  24. Dan
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Maybe she is a conservative?

  25. Veronica
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    That’s cool. 🙂

  26. physics geek
    September 29th, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    I’d offer you congratulations, but since I’m seething with jealousy, I’ll simply finish my voodoo doll of you and toss it into a pit of lice. Enjoy the scratching.

  27. Bob Belvedere
    September 29th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    You’re My Hero.

  28. Robert Stacy McCain
    September 29th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    You’re My Hero.

    Would I be correct in guessing that we’ll see an “Alyssa Milano Through the Years” retrospective as Rule 5 entry from Camp of the Saints?

  29. Steve in TN
    September 29th, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Hold the parade. The goal was a *RE*tweet. Not an @tweet. Neither of those were re-tweets. You’re quest continues unrequited.

  30. Robert Stacy McCain
    September 29th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    Maybe she is a conservative?

    I hesitate to attribute any poliitcal significance to this. At the same time, Andrew Breitbart has been telling me for three years about the existence of “underground conservatives” in Hollywood. It’s very difficult for people who work in the entertainment industry to dissent from the prevailing leftist orthodoxy. Even if they can still work, being identified as conservative in Hollywood generally means you never get considered for an Emmy or an Oscar.

    We can look at Alyssa Milano’s biography and judge the likelihood of her being, if not ideologically conservative, at least not a fanatical leftist like Sean Penn or Margaret Cho:

    1. She is Italian and thus, quite likely, raised Catholic.

    2. She is married and has a wholesome reputation. You don’t see tabloid photos of her drunk in some disco with an entourage of lowlifes.

    3. She’s a Dodgers fan, and baseball is an all-American sort of sport.

    4. I don’t recall her ever going on TV ranting about Halliburton causing the Iraq war or claiming that 9/11 was an “inside job.”

    By Hollywood standards, then, Alyssa Milano is at least moderate in her politics. Her main “cause” right now is Haitian relief, which anyone can support. So unless and until Alyssa says otherwise, I’m going to assume that she has small tattoo of Ronald Reagan someplace the cameras never see.

  31. Robert Stacy McCain
    September 29th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    The goal was a *RE*tweet. Not an @tweet. Neither of those were re-tweets.

    Steve in TN: Buzz-Killer of the Blogosphere.

  32. Roxeanne de Luca
    September 29th, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    Congratulations, Stacy! 🙂

    Steve in TN: that’s Stacy’s fault for settingh is ambitions too low. He just wanted Alyssa to hit a button and re-tweet; he didn’t think that she would go so far as to craft her own, less-than-140-character missive to him. :p

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  35. Brian Paasch
    September 29th, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    I know who Robert McCain is (Dude Blogger). But who on earth is Alyssa Milano and why should I care???

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  37. Lonely Conservative
    September 29th, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Congrats! A banner day!

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  39. Terry in GA
    September 29th, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    OMG, say it ain’t so. You won’t be worth a plug nickel anymore.

    Thanks, Alyssa Milano, for putting Stacy out of his misery. And again I say to all the pessemists out there, miracles happen.

  40. steveegg
    September 29th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    And to think I knew you when. 🙂

  41. snowed in
    September 29th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    You are my idol.

  42. Ernie Vogel
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    Wow, to think I doubted you and that you were merely trying to drum up web traffic through prurient means. Maybe Alyssa has stock in Technorati or, better yet, is coming out with a new series about blogger obsession! No better case study exists than rsmccain.

  43. Bob Belvedere
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    Stacy wrote: Would I be correct in guessing that we’ll see an “Alyssa Milano Through the Years” retrospective as Rule 5 entry from Camp of the Saints?

    You know me soooo well.

  44. Bob Belvedere
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    That’s why, one day, you will RULE THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!

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  46. libby
    October 1st, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    Timing is everything in comedy
    The complete-package-man in v-speedo, posed under the bleachers, behind the bush push push push ah-hah mm-huh…awesome”’awesome,,,man::=)more~~~You’re awesome!!!

    Received the sweetest terrestrial tweet: @Alyssa_Milano @rsmccain You’re tenacious. Goodnight. Robert. x0 Bon nuit. Sans sommeil dans le Maryland. Fedora salut xxx0.

    |OMG! OMG! OMG!| instantaneous ~~~ shock-and-awe ~~~ waved through bloglcon bloglib blogmosphere.

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