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Meghan McCain is trading a fairly lonely path out there in the Republican minefield - she sounds like her once-moderate, once-decent father of many years ago - and is taking a lot of flack both from left and right.

The Comments thread here often urges her to separate publicly from John on Benghazi or try to turn him around. Anyone know how they get along?

Why the Republican Party Needs to Wake Up

I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting for change from inside the Republican Party. We Republicans need to look at the future instead of living in the past. We have to learn from what the last two presidential elections have taught us. We must accept each other and the different opinions within the party instead of trying to cannibalize people that diverge from an arbitrary purity test. I refuse to let the extremists win. We can’t let the Tea Party bully us any longer. We can’t keep worrying about ultraconservative white male voters. At the end of the day, I still believe I’m on the right side of history, and we can’t let this party sink away. We can and we must evolve. I don’t know exactly how yet, but I for one am ready to spend the next four years helping us get there.

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  •  I suppose she won't leave the party (4+ / 0-)

    until her father passes away.  She's not going to change THEM, and as a supporter of marriage equality and other shockingly modern notions, she'll never fit in.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:02:42 AM PST

    •  I always wonder (2+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp, Fast Pete

      when I read about these "moderate" Republicans that want to take back their party, why they bother.  The Democratic party is not flamingly liberal.  Dems are really moderates.  If you think the GOP is batshit, it shouldn't be that much of a leap to leave it for the Democratic Party.

      •  That's because there's still wild-eyed socialists (1+ / 0-)
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        and femi-nazis (like  for instance me and all my kin) who are more or less tolerated and even occastionally humored, by the center-right and center-left Dems who constitute the vast bulk of the party's power base.  

        Of course the R's have their more extreme wing as well.   It just depends on which kind of quixotic fool your "sensible moderate" can best put up with.  

        But yes, today's D party absolutely comprises where the center used to be.  Current R territory is almost exclusively Bircherism and whiggery.   I'd like to imagine a vigorous new party arising on the farther left to take up the space recently ceded by establishment Dems .. but I don't really see that happening.  

        A multiparty system might be good.  But we're stuck with one and one-half political parties, for the foreseeable future.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:50:15 AM PST

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      •  They probably believe (as I do) that a one-party (2+ / 0-)
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        system is unhealthy for the country, and that we need to have some sane conservatives to keep us from becoming a one-party system.  It's good to have an opposition party, so that your beliefs and solutions are tested, but that only works if the opposition is working with the best interests of the nation in mind.  Right now, that's not happening.  For the healthy of our political system, I'm really glad that there are people who are interested in working to change the GOP from within.

  •  Problem is - GOP ideas JUST WONT WORK (2+ / 0-)
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    It doesnt matter how much lip stick they put on the pig, the GOPs social ideas are from a knuckle dragging midset

    Meghan wants the GOP to accept LGBT?

    She wants GOP to stop attacking the "takers"? Minorities?

    As for economic policy I dont know where she stands. More tax breaks for the wealthy like her mum?

    What about health policy? What does she say about the refusal of the GOP Gov to implement exchanges? She agrees with that? ER as the panacea for health care as per Rmoney?

    Which GOP idea does she really think works? and can she defend it RATIONALLY?

  •  I actually met Meghan McCain (2+ / 0-)
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    when she spoke at my alma mater American University 3 years ago. I asked her if she felt it was time for the GOP to distance itself from the religious right. She was evasive on the question but she probably privately wishes it were gone. She's pro gay marriage but not pro choice.

  •  When exactly? (9+ / 0-)
    she sounds like her once-moderate, once-decent father of many years ago
    When he was in the a military spending most of his time at strip clubs (not that there's anything wrong with that) and crashing multiple multi-million dollar airplanes paid for by the taxpayer?

    In the 80s when he divorced his wife after she was injured in a car crash and was no longer beautiful?

    Later in the 80 when he consorted with fuckwards like Charles Keating and Mother Teresa?

    Throughout the 80s and 90s when he was a leading force in making sure Arizona was the last state to celebrate the  MLK holiday?

    etc, etc.

    Seriously, my head is soon going to explode from coming to this site and seeing diary after diary giving a revisionist history about this guy.

    •  Agree, he's always been an opportunist (3+ / 0-)

      The only reason he was all campaign-reformist and centrist-y was because that sold well at those times.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:30:44 AM PST

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      •  IMHO it's not so much that it was "sold so well" (2+ / 0-)
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        as that the intended audience - GOP primary voters - are amongst the biggest idiots on the planet.

        Although the plethora of diaries right here at DailyKos showing that DKer's were sucked in by this meme will force me to rethink that.

    •  To Roadbed Guy (1+ / 0-)
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      My one experience of observing him closely was positive. It was shortly before Clinton finished his 2nd term.

      I had a federal contract to advice the Native American tribes and associated arms of the Federal government on the introduction of the federal rolling planning mandated by Congress.

      McCain joined us in a tribes-only meeting in DC and we sat side by side. He was a huge hero in that room. As far as I know he and the Navajo nation still get along well.  He was the only right-wing politician I ever saw any tribal member warm to.

  •  not pro choice? (2+ / 0-)
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    sebastianguy99, Fast Pete

    Pretty strange to be for gay marriage but think a woman should be forced to give up control of her body . That young lady is a walking contradiction.

  •  She should start looking... (1+ / 0-)
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    Fast Pete

    for a cave where she, her family and the Romneys can go and hang out for the next 25 years or so.

  •  I don't always agree with Meghan but (5+ / 0-)

    She is not a card carrying member of the teabagger right wing.

    Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn't like, I did, they're called conservatives.

    by CTmoderate on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:35:53 PM PST

  •  Meghan should take her daddy home (0+ / 0-)

    Put him on a nice pair of flannels and put one of those call for help buttons around his neck. She should check on him regularly.

  •  she's just as full of crap as her father (0+ / 0-)

    if you look at what she actually believes policywise. Like her father, she's good at crafting a moderate-seeming image that is anything but

  •  I am sure that the Democrats will welcome Meghan (0+ / 0-)

    I am sure that the Democrats will welcome Meghan if and when she finally decides she belongs with them and not the GOP.

  •  Why won't she move to a Red State (0+ / 0-)

    and run for Congress?

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