We saw this coming from miles away. Meghan McCain is having a political identity crisis because she’s way too reasonable for today’s version of the Republican party. In fact, in many ways, she’s downright liberal compared to her fellow GOPers, who have become nastier, more divisive and alienating, closed-minded, vindictive, and even openly racist and bigoted. They are unwilling to change with the times, and as a result, they’re the ones being left behind.
In fact, Republicans are becoming irrelevant. Between their War on Women, War on “Illegals” (God how I hate that term), War on Marriage Equality, War on Voters’ Rights, War on Unions, War on the Middle Class, War on “Blah People,” War on Education, and all those other wars that aren’t readily coming to mind, they’ve alienated so many Americans, it’s hard to imagine how and when they’ll ever 1) win them back, and 2) evolve.
Now Meghan is mourning a dying party, feeling “sad, exhausted, beaten down, and heartbroken.” Can you blame her?
I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting for change from inside the Republican Party. We Republicans need to look at the future instead of living in the past. We have to learn from what the last two presidential elections have taught us. We must accept each other and the different opinions within the party instead of trying to cannibalize people that diverge from an arbitrary purity test. I refuse to let the extremists win. We can’t let the Tea Party bully us any longer. We can’t keep worrying about ultraconservative white male voters. At the end of the day, I still believe I’m on the right side of history, and we can’t let this party sink away. We can and we must evolve. I don’t know exactly how yet, but I for one am ready to spend the next four years helping us get there.
And if we don’t move forward, adapt, and become relevant again, the Republican Party isn’t going to survive. It will just continue to alienate more moderate voters like myself. If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016.
“We must accept each other and the different opinions within the party…” How about accepting opinions of people outside the party, too, Republicans? And those who look different than you? And sound different? And love differently than you do? And believe differently? Or don’t believe at all?
If those in the GOP can’t even accept each other, how in the world will they begin to reach out to anyone else?
Added: I’m getting some responses to this that I didn’t expect. So to clarify, this post isn’t as much about Meghan McCain as it is about the Republican Party. And by sharing her thoughts, I am not supporting nor am I rejecting every word she said in the DB post, I simply took notice. I happen to agree with some of her opinions, but that doesn’t exactly make me a fangirl.
One person warned me to be wary. Of what? Of making observations about a party at war with itself and one of its members who is struggling with her own allegiance?
Now will someone please pass the popcorn?