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Meghan McCain on Why the Republican Party Needs to Wake Up

7:55 pm - 11/17/2012
Four years after her father lost his bid for presidency, Meghan McCain on why the Republican Party is still having a major identity crisis

I found out early on Election Day that Mitt Romney wouldn’t become our next president. I called my father, and he answered sounding somber. He told me that, based on early polling numbers, he didn't see a foreseeable way for Romney to pull it off. There’s a very specific tone of voice my father uses to deliver bad news, and I flashed back to 2008. Still, I must have been in denial, because I pointed out that Ohio and Florida hadn’t been called yet, and we all know that elections are decided in Ohio! My father just sighed and said, “Honey, I’m sorry.” I started to choke back tears.

There was no reason for me to have such an emotional reaction to Romney’s loss. It’s not like he’s a close friend. Looking back to last week, I think that I was mourning something else. For the last four years, writing on this website, I’ve been calling for the Republican Party to come to terms with reality and modernize. Last Tuesday, Mitt Romney lost — and he lost big. As Republicans, we lost again. I felt sad, exhausted, beaten down, and heartbroken. It was the first time that I considered that the Republican Party, which I love so much, might die.


I know there are many out there, especially in the more conservative sphere, that regard me with disdain. I don’t fit into the traditional Republican box that the wingnuts who have hijacked my party think all Republicans should. For the last four years, I’ve been calling for Republicans to stop concentrating on social issues. I am a single woman in my 20s and that fact alone gave me the perspective that I don’t want to regulate a woman’s right to choice. I am pro-life, but because life is complicated, that choice is between a woman and her idea of a higher power. I believe if Roe vs. Wade were repealed, abortion would still go on. I care more about my economy, national security, and fiscal conservatism than I do about what other woman do with their bodies. It’s not my place, and I don’t believe it’s the government’s place, to make such decisions.

I also don’t believe it’s the government’s role to tell gays and lesbians that they can’t be given the same opportunities in American just because of who they love. I think America needs a better immigration policy and immigrants who were brought here illegally as children shouldn’t be deported.
I have said all of these things over the past four years and these issues have been important to the demographics that the Democrats carried on Election Day — single women, minorities, and young people.

Times are changing. The face of America is changing and we as Republicans stand at a crossroads. Are we going to accept the changing face of America and change with it? Or are we going to continue to become more isolated and irrelevant? It’s possible to maintain the core values of this party and evolve when it comes to social issues. Quite frankly, I don’t see any other path to success.

I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting for change from inside the Republican Party. We Republicans need to look at the future instead of living in the past. We have to learn from what the last two presidential elections have taught us. We must accept each other and the different opinions within the party instead of trying to cannibalize people that diverge from an arbitrary purity test. I refuse to let the extremists win. We can’t let the Tea Party bully us any longer. We can’t keep worrying about ultraconservative white male voters. At the end of the day, I still believe I’m on the right side of history, and we can’t let this party sink away. We can and we must evolve. I don’t know exactly how yet, but I for one am ready to spend the next four years helping us get there.

And if we don’t move forward, adapt, and become relevant again, the Republican Party isn’t going to survive. It will just continue to alienate more moderate voters like myself. If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016.

Meghan McCain is a columnist for The Daily Beast. Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, previously wrote for Newsweek, and created the website McCainBlogette.com. Her most recent book, Dirty Sexy Politics, was published in August 2010.

Article posted on Nov 16, 2012 4:45 AM EST



Video at Source, in which she describes Karl Rove as "an idiot" and "a pretentious blowhard" and warns against "right wing lunatics like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity".
layweed 18th-Nov-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Idk why you're posting this here as I think everyone here recognizes exactly what she's saying about the Republican Party to be true or doomed. Go post it at conservatism!

j/k

seriously though, hindsight seems to be 20/20 for Republicans who aren't joining the "throw Mitt under the bus" or "BAWWWWWWW OBAMA CHEATED" crowd. I don't know why it was so hard to recognize most of this BEFORE the election. It's not fucking rocket science. Not that I'm complaining, just saying.

e.g. the Republican Governor's convention comments the other day: http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-gop-needs-times-131006853--election.html
pipsdixiechick 18th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
True. I didn't even think about this (I just posted at the same time you did, lol.)

pipsdixiechick 18th-Nov-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately Meaghan is lacking the one thing between her legs that the Repukes require of her for them to even read this article.
girlwonderrobin 19th-Nov-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
I don't think her father even takes her seriously.
winniechili 18th-Nov-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
FYI Meghan, you're a Democrat. Stop pretending.
strixluna 18th-Nov-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Only because the Democrats have moved to the right along with everything else in mainstream America.
silver_apples 18th-Nov-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
For the last four years, I've been calling for Republicans to stop concentrating on social issues. . . I care more about my economy, national security, and fiscal conservatism than I do about what other woman do with their bodies.

Except Romney tried to focus on the economy too, but everyone kept asking him his position on social issues, and then digging up old speeches (darn liberal media!).

My worry is that they'll find a moderate candidate who will change his mind or not stand up to the more right-wing Congressmen after the election.
layweed 18th-Nov-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
tbh that's exactly what I thought would happen if Mitt (or some other moderate) actually ended up winning it. POTUS might then be moderate, but Congress would still be conservative and/or tea party types. And if a Republican POTUS decides to work with moderates and Democrats, the GOP will throw him under a bus next election.

ETA: Actually, now that I read that, that probably came out wrong since Mitt wasn't moderate at all during his run but seems to have just tried to be so for the last few weeks as they realized they were seriously in danger of losing it. But yeah, if they actually ran a serious moderate candidate...

Edited at 2012-11-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
tsaraven 18th-Nov-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
So she's still okay with hating poor people; is that what I'm getting from this?
silver_apples 18th-Nov-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
And racism. Racism is still okay. And it might be okay to divide families and deport adult illegal immigrants while leaving their kids in foster care.
mirhanda 18th-Nov-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I am pro-life, but because life is complicated, that choice is between a woman and her idea of a higher power.

You are pro-choice.
ladypolitik 18th-Nov-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Haha, thank you. No need to beat around the bush.
jojo342 18th-Nov-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I've always loved Meghan Mccain and her ridiculous political celebrity. Like... after 2008 she had her own weekly column at the daily beast (not saying much, I know) and she's invited to speak on talk shows and news programs. I mean... it is absurd.
bellichka 18th-Nov-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
see, I feel the same way, except change "loved" to "hated." she has no business doing what she's doing or being elevated to the status that she has been... there are people with legitimate journalism and political science credentials who would kill for her job, and she's gotten to where she is by being a cute blonde and john mccain's daughter. not to mention, for awhile, she wouldn't shut up about her weight (aka, average), despite the fact that nobody was asking her about it. she needs to stop pretending like she's some ultra-modern, hip republican... she's a democrat, but she's too tied to labels and party ideology to admit that to herself.
ibroketuesday 18th-Nov-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
The problem is that the GOP has entangled religion with social issues with economic policy. They sell their economic plan partly by riling up their voter base about welfare layabouts living off their tax dollars, and partly by packaging it up with the traditional morality the religious right is so fond of. It's not like the economic policies themselves stand up to logical scrutiny. If I were a Republican strategist, I'd be wondering how to possibly modernize the party -- at least somewhat relaxing its stranglehold on the values its base is so passionate about -- without losing power.
kishmet 18th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
It's so weird to me when people like Meghan McCain cling to a broken party even when they realize a lot of what's wrong with it. She strikes me as a Joe Biden type where she's definitely religious etc. but can put that aside instead of forcing her view of morality on everyone.

That said, the fact that she wanted Romney to win and mourned the fact that he (and the GOP in general) lost means that she hasn't come far enough. If your candidate's obviously a backwards-thinking douchebag STOP SUPPORTING HIM. You don't have to love your party just because it's always been yours and the best way to fight their bullshit ideas would be to vote Democrat or Green or something. No wonder the GOP gets away with all this when even the people who know they're wrong go right along with it
bestdaywelived 19th-Nov-2012 12:07 am (UTC)
I don't think she's even religious. She talks about sex fairly often, and she's not married.
lamardeuse 18th-Nov-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm just rolling my eyes at anyone actually saying they love a political party "so much", and they just popped out and fell on the floor at the thought of that love being for the Republican party.
cyranothe2nd 18th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I love how she pretends that its the Tea Party that has turned the Republican party ultra conservative on social issues, when this actually happened 30+ years ago under Reagan. HEY MEGHAN, THIS ISN'T NEW. THIS HAS BEEN TRUE OF THE REPUBLICANS YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Jesus Christ!
stormqueen280 18th-Nov-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
It's strange, isn't it? I mean, she's in love with an idea of Republican party that she has never known first-hand. She's in love with her own definition of Republican, which simply does not match reality.
alryssa 18th-Nov-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
I am pro-life, but because life is complicated, that choice is between a woman and her idea of a higher power.

Or, you know, bewteen her and her doctor.


I believe if Roe vs. Wade were repealed, abortion would still go on.

Try 'know it would'. Statistics prove it and you only need to spend five damn minutes on Google to find that out. It's not belief, it's FACT.


I care more about my economy, national security, and fiscal conservatism than I do about what other woman do with their bodies.

These three former things, and especially the way the GOP goes about those things, have a significant impact on the latter, dumbass.

maynardsong 19th-Nov-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
What's wrong with "woman and her god"? If you are atheist, THAT counts as your higher power. Basically she effectively said its between a woman and HERSELF. Theoretically a doc could be unsupportive.
fm_gatekeeper 19th-Nov-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
I like her.
violetrose 19th-Nov-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
I can understand the frustration of wanting to change a political party with the times, and to make it more realistic and relateable... but the modern Republican Party is staunchly anti-gay, anti-choice and racist. I don't see this changing anytime soon.

It would be like me being a Conservative and trying to act like I can support/vote for them while being pro-welfare and against education cuts. It just doesn't work.
girlwonderrobin 19th-Nov-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I'll believe the Republican party can change and be more moderate when me shite turns green and tastes like rainbow sherbet.
natyanayaki 19th-Nov-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
I don't understand why Meghan -or anyone for that matter- needs the Republican Party to change. Maybe it would be a better move to move to a socially progressive, fiscally conservative party. Being a member of the Republicans, campaigning for them, while asking them to change won't IMO get them to change all that much. Regardless, I think we need to wait until after the 2014 midterms before we act like the Republican Party needs to change. The midterms, when many progressive demographics sit out, is largely when the socially conservatives garnered votes; I wonder if they'll rely on lower voter turnout again, and if it'll work in their favor again.
bushy_brow 19th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
I think we need to wait until after the 2014 midterms before we act like the Republican Party needs to change. The midterms, when many progressive demographics sit out, is largely when the socially conservatives garnered votes; I wonder if they'll rely on lower voter turnout again, and if it'll work in their favor again.

Absolutely. Yes, the Repubs got smacked down pretty hard in this election, but ... they did in 2008 too, and that didn't stop the Tea Party insurgence into Congress in 2010. If we don't see eight hour lines in the 2014 elections for any reason OTHER than massive election reform (which is highly unlikely), Tea Party-ers WILL gain seats again, and they WILL feel vindicated in not caving to the more moderate Repubs.
lurkch 19th-Nov-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I don’t want to regulate a woman’s right to choice. I am pro-life, but because life is complicated, that choice is between a woman and her idea of a higher power

Uh, who wants to be the first to tell her she is pro-choice not pro-life if she doesn't want to tell other women what to do?
alryssa 19th-Nov-2012 08:10 am (UTC)
She's still too busy deluding herself and wrapping herself up in semantics, it won't get through.
tvisgood 19th-Nov-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
So... she disagrees with Republicans on social issues and admits to not knowing anything about economics. Which is her whole "reason" for being a Republican.

I can't @ anyone who takes her seriously.
wathsalive 19th-Nov-2012 06:37 am (UTC)
gurl you're not pro-life you're pro-choice.
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