On Saturday, the Sam Stein filed a report at The Huffington Post describing Meghan McCain's (that would be Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain's daughter) thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party. Speaking to an assembly of Log Cabin Republicans, she didn't hold back. According to Stein, she, "declared that, 'old school Republicans' were 'scared shitless' of the changing landscape." Ouch!
"I feel too many Republicans want to cling to past successes," said McCain. "There are those who think we can win the White House and Congress back by being 'more' conservative. Worse, there are those who think we can win by changing nothing at all about what our party has become. They just want to wait for the other side to be perceived as worse than us. I think we're seeing a war brewing in the Republican Party. But it is not between us and Democrats. It is not between us and liberals. It is between the future and the past." Oy!
Regarding new efforts by the Republicans to make their party more attractive to voters, McCain said that, "Simply embracing technology isn't going to fix our problem... Republicans using Twitter and Facebook isn't going to miraculously make people think we're cool again. Breaking free from obsolete positions and providing real solutions that don't divide our nation further will. That's why some in our party are scared. They sense the world around them is changing and they are unable to take the risk to jump free of what's keeping our party down." Kaboom!
Stein also reported that late in her speech she insisted that "most of our nation wants our nation to succeed." This, of course, puts her directly at odds with the likes of Rush Limpaugh and the other Right-wing talking heads who openly pine for Barack Obama's Presidency to be a failure.
McCain pretty much nails some of the core problems with today's Republican Party. Unfortunately, I don't think the Republicans are in much of a mood to listen to any sort of genuine critical analysis. Look for Limpaugh, et al, to pillory McCain in the coming days and declare her anything from a commie to a terrorist appeaser. Somehow, though, I don't see McCain getting down on her hands an knees and begging Limpaugh for him to reinstate her conservative street credibility, as so many Republican politicians have done lately after making comments that didn't fall in line with Limpaugh's dictums. Clearly, Meghan McCain is too smart for that.