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Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Breath of Fresh Air: Meghan McCain

"Refreshing" is another term we don't get to use very often, but it certainly describes Meghan McCain. Meghan, the 24 year-old daughter of U.S. Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain, first came onto the national radar in 2007-08 while campaigning for her father. She gained notice for being outspoken and opinionated, but seemed more moderate in her views than the typical Republican. She voted for John Kerry in 2004 and is a supporter of gay marriage.
Many expected Meghan to disappear from the national scene after her father's defeat, but in the just the past few weeks, her star power exploded. Meghan, who writes for TheDailyBeast.com and who has her own blog at McCainBloggette.com, began to be attacked by right-wing nutjobs like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. But instead of apologizing as so many of her fellow Republicans have recently done, Meghan fought back. She said that Ann Coulter was "offensive, radical, insulting and confusing...", (wow!!), and after Ingraham made fun of McCain's "plus size", Meghan called her "heartless and substance-less". Meghan also earlier let it be known that she was no fan of Sarah Palin.
We were impressed. But we didn't fall in love until we saw Meghan on "The Rachel Maddow Show" this past week. Meghan comes across as honest and sincere, yet young, fun and hip. She doesn't mince words, obviously having been baptized by fire on the national campaign trail, but she also doesn't pull cheap punches just to score points. She admitted on The Maddow Show that she didn't know a lot about the economy, preferring to discuss and write about the things she did understand. Wow. When was the last time someone on the national political scene admitted to not knowing everything? And we almost fell off our chairs laughing when Meghan admitted to having no interest in CPAC, the famous annual gathering of hardcore Republican strategists. You could almost hear the old Republican guards' seats being pinched at that moment. McCain said she loves the Republican Party but that it must become more moderate to attract younger members. She gets it.
Don't panic, we're not about to turn Republican, but we honestly love Meghan McCain. Remember when everybody wanted to have a beer with George Bush? Forget that loser, we'd give anything to kick back a six pack with Meghan! No doubt the Republican attack machine will sink to new depths to discredit Meghan, but something tells us this girl is not afraid, and she's not going anywhere. Good for you, Miss McCain!

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