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. BTW

    The Repubs can graft all the 3G communication technology they want onto their hands, it won't do any good until they have something worthwhile to say.

    February 19, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. SC

    I think you should first teach your DADDY McCain how to check his email.

    February 19, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Louis in Los Angeles

    Just use computer technology.

    February 19, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. tim braun

    I agree

    February 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Hawaii girl

    McCain, as well as the REP party is so out of touch, it is laughable! McCain cannot even use a computer, but he wanted to be President? Now after the Republicans lost ,and lost big, now they think that maybe thery should get tech savvy? Duh...tired, old, washed up party with tired old and washed up ideas. Learning how to Google or use Facebook won't help them, they need to get real and think "Country First" instead of old, rich white men first and maybe they will have a chance – and BTW Palin is NOT the answer!! NO MORE 'C' students from the GOP,please!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Bush Victum

    Go Away. Your Dad lost get over it. The REpugs cling to the radio and morons like Rush and Hannity. Maybe the party should be more in the middle and listen to reasonable Republican like Gov. Crist instead of pushing division and hate..

    February 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Brian

    Uh yeah, I thought that was obvious. Of course the Republican party needs to be more tech saavy.

    February 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Frank

    Even if the republicans do use technology more, the youth do not support their ideals and they will continue to weaken as the older voters die out and are replaced by the younger voters. The republican party is set in it's hard core conservative values, and this is not a winning platform to run on in the 21st century. The younger generation is much more liberal than the older generation, and unless the republicans become more liberal, they will continue to lose support.

    February 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Marsha

    Meghan, you need to accept the obvious. It was the message, not the medium, that caused the Republicans to lose the election. And the lack of tech savy can't be completely attributed to the lack of youth involvement in the GOP. The Internet has been in wide use for about 10 years. What seems to be lacking is ... curiosity, interest in new ideas, and a willingness to experiment. Fix those issues, and it the "tech" issues will fix themselves.

    February 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. EBC

    Megham, you need to stick to knitting or whatever it is you do girlfriend. YOU are the LAST person who should be giving any advise what-so-ever.

    Please go home to daddy because come 2010, he'll have more time to spend with you and wifey Cindy.

    February 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Perusing-through

    Please Meghan, , , have some mercy. Stop pushing technology on the Republicans. Obama will need to use those same technologies again for his 2012 run. If the Republicans learn to use the Internet then Obama's advantage will slip.

    So Meghan, do the world a favor and stop encouraging the Republicans to pick up a BlackBerry. Allow the GOP to remain technology illiterate. The world would be so much better if the Republicans stay technology stupid.

    February 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    The GOP is totally tech savvy!

    Dubya used the Innernets, as well as the Gooles. The both'em!

    February 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. JimS.

    If they get more tech-savy, they'll just be more effcient in disseminating their bankrupt philosophies. But it'll still be the same bankrupt philosophies.

    Face it, girl, people just don't buy that rot anymore.

    February 19, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Bill

    They should use more birth control also.

    February 19, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. BrokeBack Palin

    You go gurl!!! When I say bad things about your Daddy's organizers...I get mocked fun by Tina Fey! Now this youngsta says the same thing and suddenly she's on top of the world. I hope you are not seriously thinking about 2012. That's all Mine!

    February 19, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Ryan Turner

    Wow, some of the comments on here are some of the most ignorant statements I have seen in a long time. Since when do you need to be a politician to voice an opinion on politics? We had days of coverage on Obama choosing a new dog and some people complain about this? Absurd.

    February 19, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Shane

    It doesn't matter if the GOP gets on the Internet bandwagon. Their ideas are so outdated and uncool, nobody cares what they have to say. It would be too little, too late.

    February 19, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Shawn

    I think they are doing just fine with tech. 90% of the fake emails I get full of Karl Rove play book lies and deception come from the GOP. No seriously, every political email I get from my peers are right wing propaganda...

    February 19, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Texas Trail Kitty

    Ms. McCain is a smart girl. The problem with the Republicans is that their 'base' consists of old white people who think we're still in the 1950s. Young whites cannot connect with the stodgy, racist ideas of the past. Young whites have grown up in a world of technolgy, black achievement and general changes that their elders resist. It was only when it was apparent that Barrack Obama was going to be elected that the Repubs began to see the light. And if you are going to try to regain relevance, try to do it without spewing the same old racist nonsense. And for the love of Mike, the next time you have a convention, try to have it NOT look like a klan meeting. Good luck with that!

    February 19, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |


    WAKE UP GOP!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. NoOneHome

    How is anyone surprised that a political party whose policy making hasn't caught up with the 21st century would be any different in their use of technology?

    We're talking a party whose understanding of the biological sciences begins and ends with the Old Testament, and people actually expect their grasp of computer science to be any better?

    February 19, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. JJohn Anthony, MN

    They need to do a LOT more than just get tech savvy! For one, they need to drop their Puritan pretense and get real. For another, they need to stop giving tax breaks to the rich, who never share them with anyone else anyway. For another, they need to learn how to COOPERATE. They also need to stop twisting faxts and lying like they do. Finally, they need to stop being so mean-spirited , vicious, and nasty! Meghan McCain is trying to help them by advocating only an on-the-surface tactical change. That simply isn't good enough. That sick party needs a major overhaul and attitude adjustment, or it will deservedly disappear altogether!

    February 19, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. terri

    Megan is right on about that. And add to that the Republican party
    has to separate church and state. As long as the republican party
    is holding hands with right wing Christian fanatics who want to
    shove their religion down everyone else's throat, there's a problem.

    February 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Jasmine in Germany

    Megan, thank you! You are smart enough to recognize that the Industrial Age has been over since before you were born and we have been in the Information Age for quite a few years. Yes, your dad ( and maybe his party) was out of touch with our changing world. Now, however, YOU are in a situation of opportunity to use your voice (you must research futurology, of course) to reach people. I'm happy to hear you have taken a bold step to encourage 21st Century thinking. I didn't vote for your dad, I liked him eight years ago, but this time around, I even lost a lot of respect for him. Now if only daddy had listened to his smart daughter... 😎

    February 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Independent voter

    Wow! You are a little too late Megan! Why wasn't she wise enough to recommend that before her father got deep into his campaign and lost? She is obviously a Republican, just a little too slow!

    February 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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