And she fisks Ann Coulter in a fantastic op-ed for The Daily Beast. For the Republicans in the crowd, she spouts some hard truths:
It is no secret that being a Republican isnâ€™t the most hip political stance a person can take right now. President Obama has successfully established himself as the hippest politician around. You know youâ€™re big when Katy Perry wears a dress with your face on it to host the MTV Europe Music Awards. To my fellow Republicans: Iâ€™m sorry, I wish I could be more positive about the current â€œhipnessâ€ of our party. But being a Republican is about as edgy as Donny Osmond. Granted, being â€œhipâ€ is not a reason to join a political party, or a reason to agree with its ideals. But it is a way to get the attention of a generationâ€”or, more specifically, my generation.
To make matters worse, certain individuals continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about Republicans. Especially Republican women. Who do I feel is the biggest culprit? Ann Coulter. I straight up donâ€™t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time. But no matter how much you or I disagree with her, the cult that follows Coulter cannot be denied. She is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most notable female members of the Republican Party. She was one of the headliners at the recent CPAC conference (but when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, itâ€™s not really saying that much).
…but it’s still worth your time to read the whole thing.
Several readers have written in to point out that I keep talking about and linking to pieces written by Meghan McCain. While this is true, I submit to you that there is very good reason for this: She’s onto something. Her conservative voice is refreshing on so many levels — especially when compared to the usual conservative pundit-class. Ms. McCain is using her platform not to call Obama a socialist or Democrats evil-baby-killing-liberals, but rather to have a coherent discussion about the path forward for the conservative movement in America. She represents a younger generation who, if the GOP continues on it’s current path, will be increasingly turned off to the idea of conservatism.
[cross-posted at ThePajamaPundit.com]