Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss her new book, "Dirty Sexy Politics."
During her interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, McCain described the 2008 campaign as a "coming of age" story for her, and said that during her father's run for office she was "asked to leave and not come back." Ultimately, this led her to do her own bus tour. She blogged about the campaign at McCainBlogette.com.
Regarding her father's running mate, Sarah Palin, McCain said, "I do have conflicting feelings about her," but added, "We did not lose because of her."
She also noted, "I respect [Palin] as a feminist . . . as a Republican feminist," and added: "It's no secret that I'm more socially liberal than she is, but I'm here to say that two different kinds of Republican women can work together for the same cause."
During the campaign and after, Meghan McCain's stance on various issues (including support for gay marriage and criticism of the Arizona immigration law) have stirred displeasure among the very conservatives who are already skeptical of her father.
Now a columnist at The Daily Beast, McCain continues to write provocative columns that often draw the ire of conservatives. A revealing photo she Tweeted of herself last year also caused controversy.
In recent months, however, Meghan McCain has maintained a lower profile. Many observers speculated that the publication of her book was conveniently timed to occur after her father's reelection primary, in which he warded off a challenge from J.D. Hayworth.
In an excerpt of the book's introduction, McCain alludes to the fact that her parents may not approve of all her decisions, writing: "Would they really want me to have tattoos, swear on TV, or even write this book? Uhmmm. Maybe not."
But it's not just her positions that can stir up critics. Many conservatives (and others) I've spoken to view McCain as a "not ready for prime time" naif who was accidentally elevated to pundit status by virtue of her last name. Comparisons to Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan commonly follow, as do laments about the "celebritization" of politics.
On the other hand, I recently reported on young conservatives defending Ann Coulter's decision to speak at HomoCon, a gay conservative conference. Could it be that Meghan McCain will be remembered as a political trend-setter who was just a bit too far ahead of the curve?
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