Last night I watched Meghan McCain, 24-year-old daughter of 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), have a nice, civil discussion with the very liberal host of The Rachel Maddow Show. McCain and Maddow even mentioned in the interview that they follow one another on Twitter (and now I follow them both…how very 2009 of us).
Although McCain is a Republican like her father, she and Maddow share a common bond in that they both have a beef with Ann Coulter. McCain is a self-professed moderate Republican but admits that she has been accused of being a RINO (Republican in Name Only).
In reference to Meghan McCain, Rachel Maddow quipped “guess who inherited the maverick gene.”
As a liberal Democrat, I of course selfishly hope the GOP remains enslaved to the extreme and polarizing rhetoric of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. But if Republican leaders aren’t smart enough to listen to President Obama, they should at least be smart enough to pay close attention to so-called RINOs like Meghan McCain and David Frum, who seem to understand where their party went wrong.
Perhaps if John McCain had paid closer attention to his daughter he might have fared better in the last election.
P.S. At least according to her latest Twitter status, if Meghan McCain isn’t the hot new voice of the GOP, she is content to be “Bootylicious,” a word I don’t often hear from Republicans.