Meghan McCain Is Back At It

Meghan McCain Is Back At It


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 isn’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 you’re big when Katy Perry wears a dress with your face on it to host the MTV Europe Music Awards. To my fellow Republicans: I’m sorry, I wish I could be more positive about the current “hipness” of our party. But being a Republican is about as edgy as Donny Osmond. Granted, being “hip” 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 generation—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 don’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, it’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.

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  • Darren Garnick

    What’s wrong with Donnie Osmond???

  • TerenceC

    The Conservative movement has stood for very little over the last 30 years. Lot’s of talk, very little new ideas, brilliant marketing and political gamesmanship, failed governing – tax – and industrial policies. A resentment of people that weren’t white, christian, or that were in other ways termed different due to national origin or socio-economic back ground. A propensity to start wars rather than avoid them. A policy of ecological destruction at multiple levels. But they did complain LOUDER than anyone and managed to obtain a rather large following of like minded people. Conservatives haven’t stood for anything since Barry Goldwater, and Nixon to a small degree (he was actually quite liberal). Conservatives had the majority of 3 decades to make a difference and finally see their ideas input to a national platform – and they failed at every opportunity. They hurt the USA and Americans far more than they ever helped Americans. The political industrial complex is over run with with loud mouth conservatives who do nothing except spout narrow minded drivel, hatred, and division. However, they are making millions and millions as entertainers – so that must be OK right? I don’t believe there has been a true intellectual leader in the Conservative movement since Buckley – and all the other wannabes, are just that. Barry Goldwater once said:

    “I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don’t hurt anyone else in the process.”

    How could so many good people have fallen so low in the Conservative movement to think that Rush and Anne could ever hope to speak for a Conservative – they speak for themselves – and only themselves. They (and those who follow them) are narrow minded, hateful, and incapable of dealing with modern society. The Conservative movement today reminds me of something from Leave It To Beaver – deal with the problems as you wish they were, not as they really are. It’s an entire group in denial – and they should be collectively ashamed of themselves.

  • Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg

    Know what? I heard she’s the new voice of the Republican party. It’s true cuz I said it!

    No wait… Rush Limbaugh! Rush Limbaugh!

  • John Burke

    It’s too bad that some people think that “cool” is a virtue we ought to seek in our national leaders.

    Admittedly, Barack Obama is “cool” in a way John McCain could not hope to be. But is it really true that John Kerry is cool? Howard Dean is cool? Joe Biden is cool. Nancy Pelsoi and Harry Reid are cool? Jimmy Carter was or is cool? How about Fritz Mondale? Al Gore? Oh, and John Edwards, there’s a cool guy. And let’s not forget my Senator, Chuck Schumer, Mr. hip-hop himself. I suppose you could have made out a case for Bill Clinton in 1992 but he’s already pretty long in the tooth.

    So is what all this boils down tp that Obama is young, African-American, has a pretty wife and two little girls, is addicted to his Blackberry, abd occasional wears sunglasses? Actually, I think the man is more elegant than cool, more lawyerly and didactic than the sort of guy you could imagine having the proverbial beer with.

    The GOP will come back at some point, although it might take 4, 6 or even 8 years, noit 2. The pendulum swings, incumbents pass their expiration dates, the voters want a change, the Democrats make some mistakes, the Republicans finally find a powerful new candidate, like as not someone no one is even talking about now. Meanwhile, Republicans should chill a bit, stick to the role of loyal opposition, and not worry about whether the average 21 year old thinks them cool right now. 21-year-olds always get older.

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    The problem of the GOP is not really youth, it’s race, ethnicity and education. And those are far worse demographic problems. The GOP has given up on blacks and Hispanics, and lost the better-educated vote. The GOP is down to white people living in areas with lots of tornadoes.

    This is why Limbaugh is so important: he’s smothering the reform baby in its cradle. As long as Limbaugh runs the GOP, the GOP cannot adapt.

    I make it 50/50 that we start to see the disintegration of the GOP after 2010 mid-terms. GOP Senators like Snowe and Collins could declare as Independents caucusing with Dems. We could see races in the northeast between Dem and Independent, with the Republicans marginalized. I think it’s about 1852 and the GOP are the Whigs. 1856 could come very quickly.

  • bubbaquimby

    Before you get too happy Michael you might want to remember that your own party wasn’t in too great of shape in 2004. A coastal, urban party that was seen as increasingly anti-religious. Granted at the time I knew that wasn’t true but it sure made people in the party rethink. It took awhile but you started getting pro-life Dems from the midwest like Casey and a rural southern like Schuler. Neither of those men would had a shot in hell to be nominees in the 90s or even in 2000. But your party regrouped and one thing I can say about Dean is he had a smart plan. But all the while people still thought of the Dems as the party of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan until that 06 election.

    I keep saying this but it can take time to rebuild parties after major defeats. were the Dems finished after Mondale or even Dukasis? Rove’s permanent majority sure lasted didn’t it. Nixon didn’t kill the GOP like people thought and experienced a rebirth, FDR never officially killed off the GOP either.

    It can take a long time to come back or it might be quick turn around who knows. I kind of think we are in a liberal era again (the last one lasted about 30 years FDR to LBJ) and have our first real liberal president since LBJ. I personally hope for an Eisenhower but have no idea.

    All I know is it’s way too quick say they are done for ever. There is a reason we have the same two parties for over 150 years. They are entrenched and are not moving. The GOP lost two in a row and got beat pretty bad last election (not Reagan/Mondale numbers though) is it any surprise they haven’t got their shit together in only four months?