Meghan McCain: "If I don’t see some changes in next 4 years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent."


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?

McCain, via The Daily Beast:

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?

  • coconuisse

    And I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Meghan, you won't be seeing any fundamental changes coming from the republican party. You will see superficial changes, but for the most part, the changes will be in marketing  and message. The GOP will never honestly make the changes necessary to bring it into a new century.  They will always be the largest purveyors of plutocracy, privatizing anything and everything that can turn a dollar, and corporate welfare at the expense of working Americans. Personally, I'd like to see them install Vince Shlomi as the RNC chairman. Who else but the ShamWow guy is better to sell the shit sandwich that is the republican platform?

  • It's kind of sad to see such a sore loser feel the need to vent at this venue.

    Yes, our evil ways won the election. By all means, name one. No, on second thought don't. We'd prefer you don't return to our site with hostile, baiting, delusional comments like these. Again, read our guidelines, because if you continue in this vein, you'll have proved you failed to do that.

    And then take a look at all that super PAC money your guy had (at least three times the amount we had), the lies that got Romney soundly defeated, the about face so many GOPers are doing to distance themselves from Mitt, I could go on.

    Nice try.

    You have my deepest sympathies.

  • coconuisse

    Don't let anybody else besides me in on your delusions of grandeur.  As this IS apparently a far-left "scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours" site, then nothing even approacing the smell of truth will ever be found here.  You won because you used superior black arts and deceitful ways which are not at all painful to me, although I must confess, I do feel a twinge of sadness.

  •  Psst! This is a lefty blog. So you get lefty opinion here.

    Of course, as it turns out, we ARE the pinnacle of truth. However, unlike those on the right, we allow commentary here as long as it's civil, does not bait, and there is no name-calling. Please read our guidelines.

    And indeed, the "drooling masses" accepted our "drivel" over yours, or as we like to call it, elections.

    Painful for people like you, but that's how it turned out. We won. You lost. By a lot.

  • coconuisse

    Wow, What a delusional universe you live in!  American politics has no left wing?  Put down the peyote and get real,!  Does Obama have to fully implement his socialist/communist goals before you are able to wake up?

  • coconuisse

    Great example of far-left spin tactics!  Take what is true and spin it around so that you are able to define yourselves as the god-like pinnacle of truth and anyone who opposes you as the source of hellfire!  I guess it works for you since the drooling masses seem to have accepted your drivel as TRUTH INCARNATE  (But we both know the truth, don't we? )

  • RingoDeathStarr
  • The republican right thinks McCain is a "Librul", and that Obama is Satan...Mr. Obama is a centerist, similar to Nixon. Mr. McCain is a sociopath.

  •  The last two presidential candidates for the Republican party must have been nothing, since they were certainly not moderates. "Moderate" is Bernie Sanders. American politics has no left wing.

  • coconuisse

    "Reactionary" would be the proper word only if Ms. McCain were a flaming far-left liberal referring to those in the Republican Party.  I really don't think that she has sunk THAT far.

  • Prior to 2008 Meghan was an Independent
    She voted for John Kerry in 2004

  • JNWesner

    I wish what you say were true, but if it were, how would they still own the House of Representatives?

  • Everybodhi

    This, while her father calls Susan Rice, a Rhodes scholar, "not too bright".
    I think the reason the author and so many others find that term," illegal" so uncomfortable when used to refer to a fellow human being, is because, we know, they really believe all of us that live out side of their ideology, are, "illegals".

  •  The word you are looking for is "reactionary" not "radical". The two terms are antonyms.

  • coconuisse

    Apparantly, Ms. McCain believes that the Republican party is too radical for her.  Since the last two presidential candidates of the Republican Party were nothing if not moderates, then her version of moderation must be at LEAST a moderate Democrat.  Since the radical Democrats purged all those moderates from their party, then apparently, the only place left for Ms. McCain is the void that she calls "independant".

  • Well said GottaLaff AND Meghan McCain!! IF the GOP can't stand variety WITHIN and alienates those who are a little bit different WITHIN the party then they stand a snowball's chance in Hell of attracting NEW members TO the party in the future. the T-Party Extremists HAVE alienated a significant number of long=term Republicans with their extremist views and attitudes and if they are allowed to continue to abuse the Party then the GOP is doomed to extinction. the BIG difference between the GOP and the Democrats IS, there ARE such things as CONSERVATIVE Democrats (Blue Dogs). There used to be such things as Liberal Republicans but they were forced to leave a long time ago with the RINO insults and such attacks.  Even the barely moderate Republicans hide in fear of upsetting the T-Party activists, now.  There are NO Liberal Republicans at all and no solidly moderate Republicans either. there are ONLY rabid and not so rabid GOP'ers. Any diversity is driven away immediately with extremist shout downs and outright antagonism. they NEED to change or else they will simply fade away.

  • I think Meghan McCain is a bit daft actually -- what the hell is there to wait for?????  How much crazier could the GOP get? (Well, scratch that: I always ask that and then they show me...). She's too young to remember when the Republicans actually personified sane sober leadership -- something characteristic of Eisenhower but already eroding under Reagan (who actually gave credence to the rapidly emerging -- and obviously bat-shit crazy -- Moral Majority). The GOP has been devolving into lunacy for the last two decades and let's face it, Meghan's father hastened the decline when he lost his mind and chose Sarah Palin as his VP pick. I think if Meghan had any real contempt for Republican lunacy she would have been long gone before now. I think if her team had won that she'd be happy as a clam and this new persona she is trying to create is just a sham. She doesn't impress me at all. If she was a true liberal and progressive she wouldn't have to muster up this pretend angst; she would have distanced herself from the GOP long ago. I think she's just an opportunist looking for her own personal advantage (the daughter of a famous Republican Senator vs. the New Voice of Modern Conservatism) and doesn't really give a damn about the damage her party has already done or the values the rest of us (who do not live in GOP Bubbleland) hold dear. Her hand wringing is too little, too late and I trust her about as far as I can throw her.

  • I wish you all the best, Meghan... 'nuff said.

  • who really cares.. shes just a no nothing bimbo who has let the bleach from her hair eat her brains away anyway

  • DannyKSRQ

    She supported a candidate that  espoused the views she claims to abhor. Now she's worried about 2016? A little late.

  • The problem is that looking to the future is an un-conservative, hence un-Republican, thing to do, by definition. A conservative is a person who defends the status quo and resists change. Such a person looks to the future only in order to try to prevent it.

  •  Gene, if people got attention by posting opinions on this site, we'd get a lot more comments.

    She's voicing an opinion, as you are. Unless, that is, you posted that comment because you're craving attention.

  •  Just as you are craving attention Joy, by posting your opinion on this site.

    You might give some thought to not assigning motives to other people's actions.

  • theoracle

    Without lies and liars, there would be no Republican Party. Which is why Republicans must keep lying, spouting their right-wing "talking points." Their very existence as a party depends on lying. If Democrats cite facts, then Republicans must say the opposite to maintain their persona as anti anything Democratic Party, anti anything liberal. Republicans really need to see a shrink.

  • JoyP

    I think she is craving attention since Abby Huntsman is currently the "du jour" young Republican woman on TV.  I never gave Meghan one thought or another.  She just seemed to pop up everywhere after her father's non-election in 2008.

  • cognachas4paws

    Why is she still a Republican?  Why does she have to wait four more years before deciding the party doesn't represent her anymore?  It doesn't represent her NOW.  In my opinion, this little rant of hers is just that - a rant.  A rant because the candidate she supported - Romney - lost.  She will no sooner become an "independent" than I'll become a Republican.  Besides, as someone else mentioned, she'll just hide behind her "independent" status while continuing to vote for and support a party that would see her barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen for the rest of her life.

    Sorry, I'm not buying this.

  • David Gillooly

    This is what Republicans do when they don't want anyone to know they vote GOP! They want to hide behind the "independent" label. A total farce.

    Ms. McCain isn't about to cut off all her contacts with her dad's GOP power structure. When she signs up as a Democrat you'll know she has started to move out into the word on her own.

  • Well said, Ms McCain, well said!
    [...]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.

  • "If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016."
    - Megan McCain

    And the American Taliban collectively shouts "Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!".