February 19th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Meghan McCain tells GOP to get tech savvy

 Meghan McCain says its time the GOP embraces technology.
Meghan McCain says its time the GOP embraces technology.

(CNN) - The Republican Party needs to change - at least when it comes to its use of technology, Meghan McCain says.

In a column on the Daily Beast Web site, the daughter of Sen. John McCain says the GOP is likely to continue its decline in power unless members vastly improve their tech fluency.

"This has been a source of personal frustration for me for a very long time," said McCain of the party's seeming disconnect with technology. "Unless the GOP evolves as the party that can successfully utilize the Web, we'll continue to lose influence"

McCain, who authored a popular blog on her father's Web site while he was running for president, also recounts early pushback from Republican strategists when she first sought to establish the Web site.

"Many of the established Republican strategists told me that young people would not visit my web site," she wrote. "I used to categorize many of the advisors in my father's campaign into one of two groups: those that 'respected' the Internet and those who didn't. It was a running line between me and my friends who worked on my site."

McCain also suggested the party's lack of online savvy greatly contributed to her father's defeat last November.

"The Obama administration understands that my generation spends most of its day on a laptop or a BlackBerry, and that using the Web is easy way to communicate their ideas to their constituents," she said. "Until the Republican Party joins the twenty-first century and learns how to use the Internet, its members will keep getting older and the youth of America will just keep logging on to the other side."

Several Republicans appear to have gotten the message. According to TweetCongress.org, more Republicans are now on the popular social networking site Twitter than are Democrats. And the recent election for the Republican Party Chairman heavily revolved around who was best positioned to modernize the party's use of technology.


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  1. Joe the Liberal Plumber

    Also, George Bush's legacy has left a practically irremovable stain of the GOP. No one is about to consider a Republican Office now. So wait a few dozen presidential terms, then you can get you can be the second female President Megan, since Caroline Kennedy will be the first. Also try not to follow your dad with 100% negativity ads. Do something with your life Megan, politics aren't the only thing you could do. Since you're a conservative you can be a Wall Street broker or in the oil business. So cheer up.

    February 19, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. dejah

    have to agree here that it wasn't the lack of Web savvy that roasted the GOP and sent McCain back to one of his many houses. It was and remains the hateful stance that the GOP takes toward most Americans. Senator McCain lost my respect when he began pandering to right-wing hatemongers and ideologues and then tried to blame the left for his loss. The GOP is NOT the party of America's future. It is a lost cause and the sooner we put it out its misery, the better America will be. We are NOT here to be controlled, manipulated, preached at and hated by ideologues. Get that hrough your head, McCain daughter and GOP members.

    February 19, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Tyler Derden

    "This has been a source of personal frustration for me for a very long time," said McCain of the party's seeming disconnect with... " EVERYTHING, you bimbette/Palin Jr.

    February 19, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Ms. McCain, you ain't even a real blond, get a life girl

    February 19, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Adam

    Megan, I've read quite a few of your blogs though mostly over music or pop culture content. Unfortunately, the republican party needs a personality or the youth in the country will see them merely as the stuffy old man club, not as serious politicians facing the issues that matter to them.

    February 19, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. sherry

    Not true....people are wanting a change and they are tired of the GOP and their rhetoric on shoving the fear of terrorists down our throats I disagree with their ideology....

    February 19, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. dave

    Wow, that is very insightful and genuine. You have to learn from how the other guys beat you. The people who swing an election are generally not too rabid one way or the otehr. That's how results change over time. If you don't figure out what the other group did to make it happen then you just lose.

    February 19, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Ron

    Wrong!Wrong! Thr problem with the Republican Leadership and party is that their message is wrong. It will not resonate (except with their own dwindeling basde). They are totally out of touch with the main stream. Just gretting up to date with technology will not solve their emabedded problems. They need a different and more centerist and less nasty and more constructive faction to rebuilt the party from the ground up.

    February 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Faith

    The GOP is trying to hold this country back by refusing to face the realities of the future. America is becoming a third world country in education, health care and poverty, yet the GOP says NO when President Obama asks for their cooperation with the stimulus package.
    Will somebody please wake those old guys up so they can smell their stench?

    February 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Chris

    Wow, name-calling, personal insults and an inability to stick to issues. Too much anger allows both sides to make uninformed decsisons. Sadly this is the continuing demise of the US people. You have allowed the parties to choose who runs this country. The people no longer have a say, despite what you think. I hope a future generation discovers it before it is too late.

    February 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. BRUTIS

    Another WHINING REPUBLICAN.......

    February 19, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. Lalee

    The change that is needed is for the party to stop living in the past realize the party's greed and selfishness place them right where they need to be, outside the White House. Look at the state of the country that was ran by the party for the last 8 years. This country is in shambles as well as the world. You all should hang your heads in shame and give up some of the billions of dollars you stole from the country.

    February 19, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. TeeJay in VA

    So.....you think that the "old geezers" know what internet is???

    February 19, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Butch Dillon

    Megan is as much of a dolt as her father.....runs in the family. She's hardly one to talk about being tech savvy. Blogging doesn't count!!!!!

    February 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    Come on...the Republicans are always blaming everything else except the real reason they lost the election – what their campaign was supporting. They won't win next time, either. Their campaign's constant hate messages didn't help either.

    February 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    I am glad that this young woman has an opinion or two of her own.

    However, I don't think technical prowess had that much to do with the loss of the last election by Senator McCain.

    It had everything to do with what we are seeing now attitude-wise by Republicans. They hate everyone and everything that they consider "liberal."

    And that is alot.

    February 19, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Proud Virginia Liberal

    It doesn't matter how tech savvy the GOP gets...they are doomed.Their beliefs are a total joke!

    February 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Gil

    I love it. I couldn't have told it better myself!

    February 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Libertarian

    The issue is they are disconnected with the AMERICAN PEOPLE not technology. Republicans LOST the election and now need sandbag EVERY idea until the next election and pray their stall tactics work.

    WE ARE NOT FALLING FOR IT. The GOP needs to get out of the way and let someone else try to fix their mess. YES THE GOP MESS. They had their chance and it didn't work. They have no new ideas. Get out of the way and let Obama help fix this.

    February 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Nicholas

    I don't think it would of mattered much in the last election whether the republicans had been "web savy." The fact is they are disconnected with Americans because of their backward policies and inability to lead in a proactive way both domestically and internationally.

    One last thing. The republicans are a bunch of pathetic cry babies who have no intention to work with the democrats. They should realize that around the world people look to President Obama as something of a "deliverer." They believe in him so much that their exsists an opportunity for America to bring positive and dramatic change to our world. Republicans don't care about this all they care about is to undermine President Obama and regain power at any cost, even if it means a worsening economy. This selfishness is what created the economic mess
    we are in, in the first place.

    Nick
    Canada

    February 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. travis

    i think it has more to do with one group speaking truth to power and tapping into the values of a people than whether or not they know how to twitter or digg or facebook...

    it's a little insulting to imply that young people are drawn into the political process in this way.

    February 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Tony G

    Matthew, Bush had NO international strength. If you measure his strength by how many allies we lost during his Presidency then yes, he was mighty strong.

    I would have voted for McCain also because I thought he was an honest and moderate Republican. But as soon as he started pandering to the religious wingnuts and brought Palin on board I knew he wasn't the one I wanted in Office. Although being technologically savvy would have helped, I do not believe it would have been enough to save him. He admitted that he doesn't even know how to use Email for God sakes. Let's give Obama 4 years to do his job an then re-evaluate his down and upsides. I try to imagine what McCain would have done to stimulate the economy but I can't imagine it would be anything near what Obama is doing. I'm pretty sure we'd fall into a Great Depression if McCain were in office during this time of economic crises.

    February 19, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Richard

    Meghan,

    Your father isn't the most clueless one in the family. Your mother probably made the two dumbest statements of the whole campaign. She told the Today show “None of this negative stuff, though. You won’t see it come out of our side at all, because – My husband is absolutely opposed to any negative campaigning at all”.

    Cindy McCain probably set a record for clueless statements when she said "(Sen. Barack Obama) has "waged the dirtiest campaign in American history”. She is the one needing info on accessing the Internet.

    February 19, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Justin from New Haven, CT

    GOP can win if it becomes socially liberal and is fiscally disciplined.

    February 19, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. Libertarian

    Umm....maybe the fact that Bush took a surplus and turned it into a multi-billion dollar deficit had more to do with it? \

    Maybe McCain saying ONE WEEK before the collapse that "the fundamentals of our economy are sound" had something to do with it?

    Maybe the Bush wanting to sell all those US Ports to the Middle East had something to do with it? (I thought we were suppose to fear them?)

    Maybe McCain being indicted as part of the "Keating Five" had something to do with it?

    Maybe Palin and her "separatist" ideals had something to do with it?

    Maybe the fact that Bush added more to the National Debt than ALL OTHER administrations combined had something to do with it?

    hrm.....ya think?

    February 19, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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