Meghan McCain has described her new talk show—which premieres tomorrow on Pivot TV, a new network targeting millennials—as a middle ground between the Kardashians and C-SPAN. This is apt: “Raising McCain” takes reality TV’s confessional spirit and partygirl vibe and gives it all the drama and edge of a congressional livestream. McCain is committed to making political issues, from privacy to feminism, as platitudinous as possible.
WASHINGTON -- So what exactly is the Tea Party movement and why has it risen up? The ferocity of its opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives. Most of the left simply doesn't see the current occupant of the White House as especially liberal, let alone "socialist." Obama, after all, is the man who saved the banks and the capital markets.
The afternoon before the White House Correspondents Dinner, I sat down with Meghan McCain, daughter of the erstwhile presidential candidate, to profile her for OUT magazine. McCain has earned herself a remarkable bit of controversy in the relatively short period of time that she's emerged as a pundit, picking fights with the likes of Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove and...well, a huge chunk of the Republican Party. Here's what she had to say about Joe the Plumber: Yet even as the balance begins to shift, the old guard is still yapping in the foreground.
I must admit, I'll be interested to see the results of Meghan McCain's nice fat book-contract--and, if the subject is anything like her recent critiques of the GOP, how it sells. Traditionally, conservative hotties do best with books that have as their themes--and preferably their titles--inflammatory nonsense along the lines of Why the Left is Made up Entirely of Ugly, Incontinent, Birkenstock-Wearing Neomarxists and Liberals: Evil Incarnate? or Simply Godless, Traitorous, Proponents of Bestiality? Such saucy talk really gets their male fans' blood a' pumpin'.
Unlike at least one of my colleagues, I can't claim to know Meghan McCain very well, but the couple of times I met her on the campaign trail, I liked her a lot. And I've been impressed by the post-election writing she's done on The Daily Beast and some of her TV appearances. That said, Chris Good's argument that Meghan might well become the model "new young Republican" strikes me as a stretch, mainly because it's not really clear that she is a Republican.
My colleague Greg Veis has a highly entertaining profile of Meghan McCain in GQ. In the profile, Meghan avers her love for "The Big Lebowski," a preference that shows exquisite taste, but also raising interesting familial questions. A main character in the film is Walter Sobchak, a gruff, lovable, hot-headed, moralistic foreign policy hawk who's often confused about the facts and constantly invokes his experience in Vietnam. I wonder what she thinks when she watches it. --Jonathan Chait