A different candidate for first daughter

John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, is blogging about the campaign on the internet. She’s funny, cool, and oblivious to the issues. FromFortunate Daughter – washingtonpost.com:

Who else could write about “town halling it” with such irrepressible sunniness? And who else cares that much about accessories? This is the campaign trail as it would look if it were covered in Us Weekly. On McCainBlogette.com, McCain, 23, takes a private tour of the White House with Laura Bush and reports that the place is “breathtaking” but could use some modern art. Perhaps a Warhol? she ventures.

She writes that her dad’s new campaign bus is totally “pimped out,” and she posts “10 Things You Don’t Know About My Mom,” revealing that Cindy McCain is a “huge” fan of the band Cream and that her favorite snacks are “Cheetos and salt and vinegar potato chips.”

The preexisting paradigms for a candidate’s daughter have been either (a) fluent on the issues and surrogating for the candidate, like Chelsea Clinton and Cate Edwards, or (b) staying as far as possible from public life and shuttering out the press, like the Bush twins during their dad’s first run. Meghan McCain is upending both. She is a pop culture junkie sufficiently well versed in reality TV to know that her personal revelations need not make her vulnerable. Instead, they permit her to write her own script.

Politics is filled with “fake people,” as McCain sees it. She’s dedicated to revealing life behind the scenes, with a fizzy authenticity so infectious you almost forget what an ugly place the campaign trail can be. Politics seems fun!

Read the linked article and sample her blog. Do you find Meghan McCain refreshing and charming, or annoyingly shallow? (Or is this another false dichotomy?)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    It’s shallow, no doubt, though that’s hardly unique to blogs. And that each of the “blogettes’” profiles includes astrological signs is annoying. I’m not sure there’s that much else to say about it. It’s surprisingly polished for a 23-year-old’s Web site? She has her own photographer and videographer?

    The site may not be affiliated with McCain’s campaign, but I have a hard time imagining it isn’t edited or filtered out of consideration for her dad.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    It’s shallow, no doubt, though that’s hardly unique to blogs. And that each of the “blogettes’” profiles includes astrological signs is annoying. I’m not sure there’s that much else to say about it. It’s surprisingly polished for a 23-year-old’s Web site? She has her own photographer and videographer?

    The site may not be affiliated with McCain’s campaign, but I have a hard time imagining it isn’t edited or filtered out of consideration for her dad.

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