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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:18 AM

Meghan McCain on Why the Republican Party Needs to Wake Up


Nov 16, 2012 4:45 AM EST

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 wouldnít 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. Thereís 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 hadnít been called yet, and we all know that elections are decided in Ohio! My father just sighed and said, ďHoney, Iím sorry.Ē I started to choke back tears.

There was no reason for me to have such an emotional reaction to Romneyís loss. Itís not like heís 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, Iíve been calling for the Republican Party to come to terms with reality and modernize. Last Tuesday, Mitt Romney lostóand 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 donít fit into the traditional Republican box that the wingnuts who have hijacked my party think all Republicans should. For the last four years, Iíve 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 donít want to regulate a womanís 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 I believe if Roe vs. Wade were repealed, abortion would still go on.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. Itís not my place, and I donít believe itís the governmentís place, to make such decisions.

I also donít believe itís the governmentís role to tell gays and lesbians that they canít 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 shouldnít 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 Dayósingle women, minorities, and young people.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:23 AM

1. "The club my Daddy runs is losing power just as I want to get power!" M. McCain

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:24 AM

2. Meghan, there's a party that espouses all of the principles you mention...

it's called the Democratic Party.

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Response to CJCRANE (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:40 AM

15. .

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:27 AM

3. She might want to start with her own goofy old man.

He was perfectly happy to cozy up to the teabaggers when it was politically useful, and now he's gone completely off the rails on the Benghazi thing. Maybe she ought to start looking for a nice retirement home for him.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:37 AM

4. Why on earth does the claim to love the Republican Party?

She was born in 1984, so the Republican Party had already been hijacked by the wingnuts long before she voted for the first time.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:38 AM

5. meghan is such a tool...

riiiiiiiiiight meghan.

NOW you claim to realize a problem exists within your racist, bigoted party?

The DAY AFTER the 1st debate, Meghan was on msnbc gloating "it's a great day to be a conservative...". she was pimping
Rmoney and how awesome she thought of his ideas (none she could explain at the time). she's a fraud and only hoping to
get some gig somewhere in television politics.

she's not very bright in politics...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:41 AM

6. "the Republican party, which I love so much" GAG ME!

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:43 AM

7. Any yet she supported Romney to the hilt even though he didn't support even one of her pet causes

At least the Bush girls seem to be doing something constructive with their lives. Meghan just pretends that she's doing anything worthwhile.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:43 AM

8. Why would she want Robme to win?

If she truly bemoans the state of her party and their candidates, why would she wish that on the country for four or eight years? She should be glad Obama won.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM

9. Meghan needs to ask herself why she is a Republican. They left her long ago.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:00 AM

10. fails to realize

what Meghan fails to realize is that she is PART OF THE PROBLEM!

Meghan just sat on her ass and said NOTHING while Rmoney and his campaign used racism, lies and fear to try and
win an election.

meghan really needs to just shut up and go away. that alone would be productive.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:01 AM

11. Oh Meghan, just go away.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:03 AM

12. Why is this bimbo valley girl being given a public forum or any credence whatsoever?

Why should anyone with half a brain care what this airhead thinks?

Not to mention that the tone and timber of her voice make my ears bleed.

Nothing against you personally, DonViejo, just a general rant about the appalling state of our political debate.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:18 AM

13. She needs to thank the troglodytes in her party who attacked her in the first place

If all the Tea-Party/FReeper types had done was call her a RINO when she spoke out her 15 minutes would have ended with her dad's campaign. Instead, the mouth-breathers also decided to attack her looks and weight which gave the media a story and which gave Meghan more exposure.

When certain right-wingers complain about Meghan they need to look at themselves as far as who really is responsible for her being inflicted upon the rest of us.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:35 AM

14. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM

17. She would make a good democrat

Moderate, consistant and well spoken. The democratic party accepts pro-life, pro-choice gay/lesbian (as she is one) and everything in between. The republicrats will never accept her as one of their own. We could. She has her beliefs, tends to have a pragmatic view of America with all it's faults and still speaks from a moderate stance. We have conservative democrats, which she would be one, but we need them... helps us balance.

I've always liked Meghan. Not everything of course, but who likes everything about someone in public office or in the public sphere? What I think would really get newsplay is if she were to publicly switch parties. Right-wing talk would just implode on themselves. It would make a good show to watch!

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