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March 30, 2009
Meghan McCain: Go Back
to Blogging About Shoes
some ways, Meghan McCain and I are very much alike. We are both young
people who have voted Republican. We are both the products of big
cities. We are both fascinated by fashion. We both attended liberal Ivy
League schools (except I didn’t major in Art History). And we are both,
in theory at least, right-of-center writers.
But this is where the similarities end.
took me years of studying politics, law and foreign affairs,
participating in conservative activism and developing my third language
(English) before I earned my blog and a position as one of the youngest
syndicated columnists in the country. All McCain had to do, however, was
be born to the 2008 Republican nominee for president. This allowed her
to have a cute blog about her friends sticking campaign stickers on
various body parts, earning her a following from a Sex and the City
audience largely uninterested in politics without colorful pictures.
This, McCain seems to believe, gives her a mandate to become an
ideological force in the Republican Party, and be “sort of this new
young Republican” who can “make progress and be successful” in ways that
she finds like totally awesome.
When McCain decided, post-elections, that she would enter the national
political dialogue, I gave her the benefit of the doubt. But now, after
seeing her make too many television appearances and type up excessive
holier-than-thou commentary in which she professes to speak for young
Republicans, all based on nothing but her last name, what patience I had
has run out.
I’m sorry, Meghan, but taking pictures of your mom in pajamas does not
qualify you to be a spokeswoman for any serious constituency or any
serious ideology. And it shows.
Recently, McCain took a break from discussing her weight and tattoos and
told Larry King the following:
“I consider myself a
progressive Republican. I am liberal on social issues.
And I think that the
party is at a place where social issues shouldn’t be the issues that
define the party. And I have taken heat, but in fairness to me, I am a
different generation than the people that are giving me heat. I’m 24
years old. I’m not in my 40s, I’m not in my 50s and older. And I think
there’s just such a generation gap . . .”
Well, Meghan, I’m in your generation and I’m about to give you some
McCain so easily falls into the college-liberal mentality associating
social conservatism with intolerance, bigotry, witchcraft, and, gulp,
old people in their 40s. But more importantly, McCain’s words
demonstrate complete unawareness of the principles of conservatism. You
see, Meghan, there is no such thing as a “generation gap” when it comes
to conservative ideology. Capitalism is as vital to the economy today as
it was 50 years ago. Abortion is as cruel today as it was 100 years ago.
Gun rights are as necessary today as they were during the American
Revolution. Conservative principles aren’t like bell-bottoms, dude –
they remain fashionable every season of every year.
Yet McCain believes that it is “cool” and “tolerant” to be ideologically
rebellious, because apparently that’s what young people are supposed to
be. When King asked her what she thought about abortion, she answered,
“I believe in gay marriage.” Then she went back to abortion, and said:
“I personally am pro-life, but I’m not going to judge someone that’s
pro-choice. It is not my place to judge other people and what they do
with their body.”
McCain would not have an abortion presumably because she believes that
she would be ending a human life. As such, why is it not her place to
prevent others from having abortions that end human life? After all, she
probably believes that drowning a five-year-old also amounts to ending a
human life, yet supports laws preventing others from drowning children.
At least if she was personally pro-choice because she doesn’t believe
she carries a human person, she would be intellectually consistent even
if she were wrong.
is no surprise that McCain is not being taken seriously in the
conservative community. The most attention she has gotten is from radio
host Laura Ingraham, who jokingly referred to McCain as a “plus-sized
model.” This comment, it turns out, was the best thing that’s ever
happened to McCain. She milked it in every forum she could find, from
her blog, to her other blog, to Larry King, to The View, etc. The
infinitesimal controversy launched her into fame in the mainstream media
and the left-wing blogosphere. And she won’t stop talking about it.
Meghan, stop trying. Your politics were largely rejected by
conservatives, and for now, you are trying to take refuge as a darling
of liberals. So, enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. But afterwards, unless
you hit the books, you’ll have to fall back on your actual qualification
– blogging about shoes.
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