Following Meghan McCain’s tweets has always been a strange endeavor. Under the Twitter handle mccainbloggette, Sen. John McCain’s 24-year-old daughter is as likely to tweet “God bless the troops!” as she is “Off to Perez Hilton’s party!” She doesn’t tackle many tricky political issues, but follow her Twitter feed and read her columns for The Daily Beast and it’s clear there is one social issue dear to her heart: gay rights. The girl’s a Grade-A fag hag — there’s no question about it. Just read how aflutter she got this weekend, tweeting while thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C. for marriage equality.In an interview with the blog Politico, Meghan said, “All I am trying to be is a young, cool Republican woman for other Republican women.” And it’s true. Some say Meghan McCain is a new leader for the Republican Party, a younger, fresher voice for those who are politically conservative who also happens to be with it, modern, and for gay rights. As she said in a speech for the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay conservatives:
“I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.”
This tattooed, punk rock-loving, gay-rights-embracing gal challenges the mold of what it means to be a Republican: I get it. And I honestly do think it’s cool when Meghan uses her famous last name to do things like pose for the No H8 Campaign, which protested California’s Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage. It’s also nice how when she blogs about gay rights issues, like in her most recent column about why President Obama must repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military, she’s on the side of justice.
But it all makes you nauseous after awhile—I mean, Meghan McCain is hardly the first person, or the first conservative, to call for equal rights for gays. It’s great to be an ally, sure, but it’s also not very respectful to go on and on about how you’re so “cool” because you’ve got gay friends. Regardless of the fact that our country is f**ked up about gay rights, not being a bigot isn’t something that straight people—or straight conservatives for that matter—should celebrate. Her “conservative who supports gay rights” shtick gets nauseating for the millions of people who are supportive of gay rights without any fanfare.
Meghan very well may be a good role model for young conservatives in other realms, but she’s a bit mistaken on how “cool” she must be for having the radical idea that gay people are human beings, too. Seriously, Meghan, just because you’re conservative and not bigoted against gays doesn’t mean you deserve an award.