Meghan McCain is the anti-Coulter
In the wake of the Republican party's electoral meltdown, some rather curious icons are beginning to take dominate centre stage in the Republican Party.
In the wake of any strong leadership in the Republican party, American conservative icons like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are quickly becoming the face of the party as well.
American centrist conservatives have plenty of reason to be alarmed.
Few people seem to understand this more than Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain. Recently McCain denounced Coulter in no uncertain terms.
According to McCain, Coulter is “offensive, radical, insulting and confusing all at the same time. If figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well.”
“I love the Republican Party, I spent two years campaigning with my father and I completely fell in love with the Republican Party, and I think it’s hard for me to explain to my friends that are in their 20s when these icons of the party say radical things,” McCain explained. “I have a friend that’s Jewish – she made anti-Semitic comments. It’s hard to defend that.”
“I just wish for more centrist icons in the Republican Party,” she concluded.
Oddly enough, McCain herself has every bit of the potential necessary to supplant Coulter as an icon of the party, and particularly of American Conservative women.
Even as a recent convert to the Republican party McCain's centrist credentials are solid. McCain is known to hold liberal views on social issues, including support of same-sex marriage and stem cell research.
McCain has even interned on Saturday Night Live. With the exception of the various fictions that many people are intent on peddling about her father, there's very little not to like about McCain.
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter's attitudes and behaviours speak for themselves. Those conservatives Coulter doesn't alienate she reveals for precisely what they are -- extremists every bit as radical as she is.
Meghan McCain would, at the very least, put a younger, prettier, much more moderate face on the American conservative movement.
For their own sake, one hopes that American conservatives recognize this.