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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