March 10, 2009

Meghan McCain, shut up

No, seriously, her father loses an election and now she's the poster child of the Republican party? No, thanks:

Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party. And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite. I consider myself a progressive Republican

Your dad lost mostly because, like you, he believed there was such a thing as a "progressive Republican." There isn't. What you are, at best, is a conservative Democrat. At. Best.

I am not suggesting that extreme conservatism wasn’t once popular, nor am I suggesting I should in any way be any kind of voice for the party. I have been a Republican for less than a year. Still, even after losing the election, I find myself more drawn to GOP ideals and wanting to fight for the party’s resurgence. And if figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well.

I'm not an Ann Coulter fan, but I'm fer sure not a John McCain fan. Ann may say wacky things with which I disagree but she never sold out conservative principle after conservative principle to get the NY Times to like her. Or, to punish George W. Bush. Or the many awesome, awesome reasons John McCain no doubt has for being such a freaking sell-out.

I’m often criticized for not being a “real” Republican, and I have been called a RINO—Republican In Name Only—in the past. Many say I am not “conservative enough,” which is something that I am proud of. It is no secret that I disagree with many of the old-school Republican ways of thinking. One of the biggest issues from which I seem to drift from the party base is in my support of gay marriage. I am often criticized for previously voting for John Kerry and my support of stem-cell research. For the record, I am also extremely pro-military and a big supporter of the surge and the Iraq war.

Just so I'm clear about those old-school Republican ways of thinking, that was during the time when Republicans were winning elections, right? Cause, I don't know if you noticed Meghan, but your dad lost the election while trying to be everything to everyone and so, of course, ended up being nothing to no one. That's how elections generally work. I know your whole *year* of being a Republican has taught you a lot but hang out for a bit, you might just learn a little more.

I am sure most extreme conservatives and extreme liberals would find me a confusing, walking contradiction. But I assure you, there are many people out there just like me who represent a new, younger generation of Republicans. It took me almost two years of campaigning across this country and hanging out, on a daily basis, with some of the most famous and most intelligent Republicans to fall in love with the Republican Party.

Like, wow, the most famous and most intelligent Republicans? That's so kewl! I can't even imagine who she might mean. If we had famous, intelligent Republicans we wouldn't have gotten stuck with her father.

If it took that much time and exposure for me to join the party, how can GOP leaders possibly expect to reach young supporters by staying the course they have been on these past eight years? Where has our extreme thinking gotten us? President Bush will go down as one the least popular presidents in history. I constantly hear stories about Republicans who previously worked for President Bush and my father feeling ostracized, unable to get jobs in D.C. right now.

Like, whoa. So, what you're saying is that a new administration of another party comes in and people in the old administration can't get jobs. Wow. Total bummer, man. But something that happens every.single.time. there is a changing of the political guard. Every. Time. As for George Bush, for all of his problems I would have chosen him over John McCain every time. Oh, wait, we already did when we chose Bush over McCain in 2000. Too bad, so sad. No matter what happens now, the McCain days are over.

The GOP is at a crossroads. I love the Republican Party, but if it turns out I am somehow not conservative enough to please its leaders, it makes me wonder—am I then not worthy of even being a member?

No one should love their party. Save that for family, friends, country and G-d. Your party should be an expression of your political beliefs and that's it. That's the second time Meghan notes she *loves* the Republican party. Meghan, that's creepy. Stop it.

Hat-tip Hot Air.

Posted by Karol at March 10, 2009 12:58 AM | TrackBack
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Could anyone please explain why anyone would possibly care what this girl thinks?

Just send her a brochure on how to register to be a Democrat and send her on her way.

Posted by: Son of Bob at March 10, 2009 02:17 AM

Actually, I don't blame John McCain for losing the election too much. There's only so much the old man could have done against the "Savior" Obama.

Posted by: Narrator 1 at March 10, 2009 02:38 AM

Actually, I don't blame John McCain for losing the election too much.

I do. He ran a terrible campaign. He didn't give anyone a reason to vote for him or against Obama. If he hadn't picked Palin for his running mate he would have lost by another five points. In the end he was so afraid of being called a racist he spent the entire campaign snapping at his own supporters.

Posted by: at March 10, 2009 05:39 AM

I'm just glad the man lost. I didn't vote for him, but I didn't vote for the Messiah either. In the end, as with 2004, I voted Libertarian out of protest--because no matter how mad I was at Dubya (don't go there, it'll get ugly), I knew Cousin Lurch would be a disaster of epic proportions.

Posted by: James at March 10, 2009 07:10 AM

Hell, the Republicans could have run George Washington with Abe Lincoln in 2008 and they would have lost-I will concede young Ms. McCain's point that W. weighed down the ticket like an anchor. I don't know if I would call McCain a conservative Dem but he is to the left of the Republican center though not as far left as say Rudy G. At least most of the presidentiables of 2012 are almost all outside of Washington and are all more conservative and more in touch with the average American than McCain or W. ever were.

Posted by: Von Bek at March 10, 2009 07:17 AM

Agree, pretty much.
I'm not in love with the republican party, never was.
I am in love with America. Our constitution, our founding principals. The fact that there IS social differences in classes and the ability through capitalism and free market to WORK (not freeload) your way from the bottom.
To me these are some of the core values of being a conservative.
Poor Meggers hasnt got a clue, she is silver spoon fed from pappa McCain't, who sells out these principals for popularity.
I admire McCaint for the fact he did sacrifice his life and health for our country.
However, as a leader I would prefer him sitting on a front porch and be able to remember him for the honorable service he did and not be reminded of his lack of judgement.
Meggers is following in her daddy's foot steps and it shows with every point she tries to make and her overall message:
"Sell out your values for popularity."

Posted by: Mr_e_m_t at March 10, 2009 07:46 AM

Ducks always envy the swanns. Meghan is a pig.

Posted by: Casca at March 10, 2009 12:09 PM

I think progressive republican means a republican who isn't a racist, homophobe, or other sort of bigot. Happy to clear that up for you.

Posted by: Ricky at March 10, 2009 02:37 PM

UR a d*mb%ss, Ricky. I am as conservative as they come and not Racist, homophobic or a bigot. But some of the most bigoted people I have had the "pleasure" of knowing have described themselves as "progressives". They ignorantly thought that the label inoculated them from such stuff. It don't.

Posted by: hillbilly mama at March 10, 2009 03:27 PM

Ugggg. Karol, I shall now do what I have been meaning to do for quite some time -

I publicly acknowledge that you were right about McCain, I was wrong. He's not conservative at all. Like his daughter, I got caught up wanting the GOP to have the ideology of the libertarian party, and was so happy that McCain wasn't a bible thumper I ignored that he wasn't a fiscal conservative either.

Not that Bush was. Hell, I can now clearly see that both parties are for big federal government. Maybe the GOP didn't use to be, but it is what they are now. And I'm out. It is too late to change, to late to reform, we will never get back to small government.

I pray (not literally, of course) for a revolution (literally). It is the only way. We need to burn the constitution of our once great nation and go back to something more akin to the Articles of Confederation.

End rant.....

Posted by: VinNay at March 10, 2009 04:47 PM

As goes Christopher Buckley so goes Ms McCain.

I'll take Coulter any time. I like someone who tyou know will cover your back.

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at March 10, 2009 06:44 PM

"I think progressive republican means a republican who isn't a racist, homophobe, or other sort of bigot. Happy to clear that up for you."

I think (think) Ricky was sarcastically summarizing Meghan's ideas about what makes a non-progressive Republican tick.

Or it could just have been a drive-by.

Either way, it says a lot about the inherent bigotry that seems to go hand-in-hand with anything called "progressive" these days.

Posted by: Mark Poling at March 10, 2009 10:11 PM

Hell, the Republicans could have run George Washington with Abe Lincoln in 2008 and they would have lost...

I think this is wrong. Very wrong. Obama was a weak candidate, a guy who needed a walk-in closet for all his skeletons and sporting a blank sheet for a resume. That hopey-changey stuff would have been pretty easy to puncture if the Republicans had actually tried.

Instead they ran a guy with no governing principles in a vain attempt to pick up the mushy middle. The campaign dragged on for almost two years and I never did figure out what the hell McCain was selling. He's not a conservative or a liberal or anything else, for that matter. He's a grumpy old man who makes policy based on whoever pissed him off last.

Posted by: Eric at March 10, 2009 10:40 PM

I read during the campaign, and I don't know which famous, intelligent Republicans Meghan was hanging out with on a daily basis, especially now that she seems to have issues with Sarah Palin. Maybe she means Lindsey Graham.

She posted pictures of the day that she registered to vote as a Republican, by the way. It looked like Cindy was marching her to the counter.

Posted by: KS at March 11, 2009 12:07 AM

I think ricky makes a good point, since as you go further left of whatever "progressive republican" is defined as, you begin running into the homophobes and racists and bigots.

Posted by: Mr_e_m_t at March 11, 2009 07:41 AM

While I agree with Eric on McCain, I wonder who could have done better? You know all those principled conservatives like Romney....ha, yeah. Honestly the only one I think who had a chance against Obama was Huck and even then I have a hard time seeing it (note: I was a supporter of Duncan Hunter). Maybe Thompson on paper but if 2008 showed anything it was how weak that guy was in reality. So sure maybe a Republican would have done better if they had taken on the hope-change crap but the fact remains that W was like the old man of the sea; sitting on top of the shoulders of whoever the candidate was, weighing him down and eventually drowning him.

Posted by: Von Bek at March 11, 2009 12:43 PM

The reason McCain lost is because he campaigned as a moderate DEMOCRAT against that HOPE-CHANGE cult guru and lost! Do NOT I beg you display any further BDS and blame George W. He doesn't deserve it and never did. The reason he took the drubbing during his 8 years in office is in large part due to spineless RINOs who didn't support him, couldn't fathom his commitment and focus, and were always so busy wanting the Dems to like them, really like them, that their little cojones melted away!

As to young Ms. McCain - she is 25 years old. When I was 25 years old, I wasn't QUITE the idiot she is - but I progressed in my wisdom with life experience and hopefully she will too.

Meanwhile, I like Ann Coulter and don't give a rip who knows it. I'm 67 years old and don't really care what people think of what I say or think. It's a wonderful gift getting into your 60s. All the crap drops away!

Posted by: Gayle Miller at March 11, 2009 05:02 PM

Keep in mind that there was a sowing of the seed effect going on in 2008. All the bad seed sown in 2006 and 2007 was coming back to haunt us.

This created the wind in McCain's face.

Of course, Sen. McCain was also a pretty bad candidate, not a Bible thumper, and not a fiscal conservative. (I mention all those three in one string because its very possible that all of those go together. RINOs= A. Hate the Base. B. Clueless at electioneering. C. Pretend to be fiscally sound but spend like crazy (see Ah-nold). or D. All of the Above.)

I choose D.

Which is why those who want fiscal conservatives and nothing more are faced with an unfortunate choice. They can vote for the Bible thumpers or they can vote for the crypto-socialists. We'll see who they hate the worse.

Posted by: Tennwriter at March 11, 2009 05:16 PM

I guess these idiots that are trying to say non progressive republicans are all bigots should go look at demunderground and dailykos for all the nonracist things they've said about Condi and Mike Steele.

let me jog your memory...
House N*gger
Uncle Tom.

Posted by: roflcakes at March 11, 2009 05:49 PM

Von Beck, I think Romney would have done just fine. For one thing, he knows a thing or two about business, which would sure be handy right about now. He's not the conservative first choice, but he'd have been a better president than Obama. Duncan Hunter would have been even better. One thing I'd like to see is the end of open primaries. Democrats and independents put McCain over the top. Next time around it would sure be nice if the Republican candidate was chosen by, you know, Republicans.

As far as Old Man Bush drowning the next guy, I'm unconvinced. McCain's campaign was terrible and still Teleprompter Jesus got less than 53% of the vote. It's not hard for me to imagine a dozen scenarios where a good Republican candidate would have picked up enough to win.

Bush's poll numbers weren't at historic lows because of political opponents. The country is basically split on ideology, so for him to poll down in the 20s he had to lose his own party. Not surprising given that he turned out to be a liberal hawk, neither fish nor fowl.

McCain picked up most of those on the right who were unsatisfied with Bush, all the while doing everything he could to piss off conservatives.

Posted by: Eric at March 11, 2009 07:06 PM

When it's all said and done, the winner of the 2008 contest is destined to be a one-term wonder. By the time 2012 rolls around, voters are going to be looking for some real hope and change.

Posted by: Casca at March 12, 2009 12:52 PM

Megan is the new Ron Reagan Jr, a totally vacuous useful idiot for the Left.

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