February 19th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Joe the Liberal Plumber

    Hey, Mister "Dems Done in 4" who the @%$# do you think you are?!?! The GOP is done for the next few decades! Who the #$@% do you think got us into this god$%#@ economic mess anyways?!?! And when you say that the dems have already done much of what M. McCain said they would do, what exactly are you implying?!?! McCain's only economic resolution was to cut taxes and not follow the liberal ideas of "tax and spend", so instead we can "borrow and spend" so as to run up the national debt even higher and drive us further into this economic @%#$hole!!!!! President Obama is doing his utmost to help everyone with the new stimulus plan!!! He's trying to get our car companies back to life to create jobs in the U.S. not China! Obama's trying to help every man woman and child who needs it with his tax distribution!!! When McCain calls the stimulus plan "generational theft" what the @#$% does he call the Bush Tax cuts and billions of dollars we've already WASTED in "Iraqistan"!!!!!!!!!! I rest my case.

    February 19, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. John

    Does anyone really believe McCain/Palin lost because Repubs don't know enough about iPods and email?

    Does anyone really believe that?

    February 19, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Tariq

    Honestly, this is smartest thing I've heard any Republican say since the elections.....and I am a democrat but not afraid to give credit where it's due.

    Thank you Meghan for being honest with yourself before anything

    February 19, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Tariq

    Keep in mind, being tech savvy is just being more efficient in spreading the Republican disconnect with American youth....

    It is still the smartest thing I've heard from a Republican nonetheless....doesn't say much about what they've been saying

    February 19, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Ray.Calif

    You go girl...about time the Republican party listens to you!!!

    February 19, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. james

    Put a sub in it Meghan! You look hungry.

    February 19, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Jude

    Oh Megan, don't you see that you are being used? Core values come
    first, living them comes second and way way down the GOP's
    list is technology. GOPs are a bunch of angry old people and haters of change. Start there...change is good...it will bring success. Give the rest of America suggestions for change and not excuses and negativity.

    February 19, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Reformed Republican

    Who really cares what she thinks. She is the offspring of a candidate that lost (how many times?). Dear god woman, shut up and fade away into the background...where you belong.

    February 19, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Cheney

    So,she still carries the mutant highland gene.

    February 19, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. horsemingle

    Ride off into the sunset at the........ HorseMingle.com ................. site for horse people of all fashions. Find your dreamdate, riding partner, life partner, or just that special friend to talk shop with. You can be sure to find them with us.

    February 19, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. David

    John McCain does not even know how to send an Email.

    February 19, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. person

    why is this news??? Didn't have enough Palin news to bore us with?

    February 19, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. debbie

    Being out of step with technology is the least of the GOP's worries. They are out of step with the American people. Yet in their ignorance, and arrogance, they continue down the same path. I guess that's part and parcel of "conservative" – not only afraid to veer off the beaten path but inable to even see it as an option.

    February 19, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Paul

    But computers aren't in the Bible!

    The Republican Party embracing technology is about as likely as these same people accepting science.

    February 19, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. js007

    Ha ha, when the party consists primarily of racist old white guys who think that tax cuts for billionaires are the cure for everything, that the Earth is 6000 years old, and that global warming is a scientific conspiracy it is not surprising that their views are not getting traction. Stupidity dispersed by any technology is still stupidity.

    February 19, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Denny

    My uncle lost his job because of the GOP. If there is anything worse than listening to your aunt's quavery voice over the phone when you next hear from her, she trying to stay off the subject, I've not yet experienced it. What they need NOW is hope. This is something John McCain never promised or even mentioned. It wasn't lack of tech savvy that lost him the election, it was his inability to inspire the American initiative that is in all of us. It was that he was unable to list what he will do to help the American people. It was that he lost his dignity when running against George W. Bush. Megan McCain read this post.

    February 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Kaila


    February 19, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. kathy

    Maybe because the repubilcans are a bunch of lying, corrupt
    losers, and as dumb as they come, they could never figure
    out technology. Look what they did with intelligence and the
    WMD's, does that even look intelligent with. you. We're in
    this mess because they couldn't organize a rock fight, or
    keep this country afloat. What jerks!!!

    February 19, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. joe

    who care's what mccain's daughter says. she's stated she is a dem anyway

    February 19, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Chris in Va.

    The problem with Republican leaders and voters (aka American Taliban) is both are dumb as a box of rocks and 1/2 as interesting.

    February 19, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Bert J. Davis

    I can't believe the GOP hasn't figured this out,you are absolutely correct!!!

    February 19, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. steez

    the internet isn't the only modern concept that the republicans need to start embracing.

    im just sayin'...

    February 19, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. Sammy

    So the problem isnt the GOP message and its the messengers fault?

    February 19, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. K

    Republicans represent greedy old people and greedy trust fund babies who all have their place in Corporate America and could give 2 craps about the rest of us

    Death to the party of blood money and greed

    February 19, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Republicans are ankle biters

    Is she running for office.Shes wearing a Lincoln neckless,guess that makes her real bright.The Republicans are tech savvy when it comes to fixing voting machines.

    February 19, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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