Friday, July 17, 2009
Meghan McCain Power
When Meghan McCain speaks her mind, she does not sound like a Republican. But she insists on being a Republican to broaden the party and attract young people by stepping away from old fogie exclusiveness and religious right narrow mindedness. She really believes that is possible.
Meghan believes being for issues like gay marriage do not have to be contrary to being in the GOP. She encourages other members of her party who already feel that way to have the courage to come out.
In a speech to the Log Cabin Republicans, she said that “old-school Republicans” were “scared shitless” of the future and retreating further and further into an ultraconservative crouch.
Although her father Sen. John McCain is anti-same sex marriage, she says he is not homophobic. She says she's had some great conversations with her dad and is "working on him".
(For the record, Meghan isn’t the only member of the McCain clan to support gay marriage. “My mom was always for gay marriage, but I think me being so vocal about it has made her want to be more vocal about it,” she says. “She texted me: ‘Gay marriage passed in Maine!!’ ”)
Meghan wants to show that not all Repubs are like former GOP pinup boy, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, who gave an interview to Christianity Today in which he complained about “queers” and declared, “I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children.” To this Meghan answered “Joe the Plumber -- you can quote me -- is a dumbass. He should stick to plumbing.”
Meghan has taken on right wingers Karl Rove (yuck!), Ann Coulter (yuck! yuck!) and even Rush Limbaugh (triple yuck!) She says, “I'd be flattered to be considered the anti–Ann Coulter, the anti–Rush Limbaugh.”
I know that's right.
Miss McCain says “Homophobia is the last socially accepted prejudice,” and views the fight for gay equality as “my generation’s civil rights movement.”
“If two people fall in love, they should have the option to get married just like I can.”
Meghan became a Republican as a birthday present to her father and is determined to bring more open minded seats to the GOP table. She has certainly pulled up her chair. Meghan is 24 years old, and so far she has given the old school conservatives the flux. What if her party members start speaking their minds, pushing envelopes and coloring outside party lines? OMG!
Good Luck Meghan!