Meghan McCain has been a busy girl lately. I read her piece about having problems dating because all the Republican guys want her to be their Cindy was interesting.
Somewhere in between college and the election, I started allowing politics to dictate the kind of men I date. And the worst part is, it’s not just Obama supporters who turn me off—it’s often my father’s.
One extreme fan of my mother’s recently told me I could be “his Cindy.” And then asked me if I ever wore pearls because they probably would look as good on me as they do on my mother.
Hey, what about dating a good liberal guy who couldn't care less about your politics? Anyway, here's what she has to say about Ann Coulter:
Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party. And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite. I consider myself a progressive Republican, but here is what I don’t get about Coulter: Is she for real or not? Are some of her statements just gimmicks to gain publicity for her books or does she actually believe the things she says? Does she really believe all Jewish people should be “perfected” and become Christians? And what was she thinking when she said Hillary Clinton was more conservative than my father during the last election? If you truly have the GOP’s best interests at heart, how can you possibly justify telling an audience of millions that a Democrat would be a better leader than the Republican presidential candidate? (I asked Ann for comment on this column, including many of the above questions, but she did not answer my request.)
I am not suggesting that extreme conservatism wasn’t once popular, nor am I suggesting I should in any way be any kind of voice for the party. I have been a Republican for less than a year. Still, even after losing the election, I find myself more drawn to GOP ideals and wanting to fight for the party’s resurgence. And if figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well. She does appeal to the most extreme members of the Republican Party—but they are dying off, becoming less and less relevant to the party structure as a whole. I think most people my age are like me in that we all don’t believe in every single ideal of each party specifically.
It's very interesting watching the GOP try to regroup as a party. There is a real disconnect between the Limbaugh National Committee and other republicans who feel these freak shows do not speak for them. Meagan puts Coulter into that same boat while Michael Steele has been a real embarrassment for the RNC as a whole. But many of them can only blame themselves for what the GOP has become. There are no moderates in their party and if "you" don't conform to the Coulter/Limbaugh/Dobson party them "you" are left in the dust. Good times, good times.