Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Meghan McCain, the future of the GOP?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan (aka McCainBloggette on Twitter and elsewhere) is tired of Conservative pundits, like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter -- to name two -- telling her to shut up.

While Meghan's busy trying to draw more people into the Republican party, recognizing new ideas and the need for an infusion of young people and diversity in the aging, mostly white party of crank and grump, others are freaking out because she's speaking her mind. You know, exercising her Constitutional right to free speech afforded under the First Amendment.

Meghan is young, it's true. She's got the McCain party genes (in more ways than one). She's got a lot to learn. But, something else she has that many of her far-right comrades don't is common sense. For example, she writes stuff like this: "We will not get anywhere by continuing to sell hate and fear."

While the Republican party seems to want, more and more, to silence any opposition -- which is the opposite of what's needed in a democracy -- Meghan McCain is standing her ground and continuing to speak her mind.

Kudos to her. It's for that reason that she's a rising Republican star, whether the Republicans want her help or not.

Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and author of the recent book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, was asked during a live chat on Politico’s The Arena on Friday which conservative political figure or commentator needs to shut up. Guess who her answer was? Yeah, that’s right—yours truly.

So Michelle Malkin successfully rounds out the trifecta of extreme female conservative pundits, following Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter, who believe that I, and Republicans like me, need to shut up and get out of the party. Is this surprising? Not really, given my father’s complicated history with the extreme right of the GOP. But what confuses me is this: Malkin recently posted an item on her blog about how “drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

What do Malkin and the other conservative pundits hope to accomplish by arguing that people “like me” have no place within the Republican Party? And who exactly are people “like me”? Young people? Moderate people? Young female people? People with tattoos who go to biker rallies?

However, I am consistently asked why I would want to stay in a party that has members so angry about my involvement. It’s as simple as this: I idealistically believe in the Republican Party, and I also have an emotional connection to it. But if the party continues to demand that people leave, I guarantee you that they will. If you tell people there is no place for them, they aren’t going to fight for their right to stay. They are going to rush into the open arms of the other team.

More from The Daily Beast.

Watch Meghan hold her own on The Rachel Maddow Show:

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