March 31st, 2009
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Meghan McCain: Is Schock the GOP's Mr. Right?

In a new blog post, Meghan McCain discusses Rep. Aaron Schock.
In a new blog post, Meghan McCain discusses Rep. Aaron Schock.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At 27 years old, Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock is the youngest member of Congress. He's also possessed of washboard abs and has, as of late, become a favorite target of celebrity gossip outlet TMZ. And the daughter of the last Republican presidential candidate thinks he might just be the answer to the GOP's troubles.

Related: TMZ focuses on Illinois Republican

"The first time I ever heard of Congressman Aaron Schock, I was hanging out with some friends during a girls' night in, and one of my friends yelled to me from the other room: 'Meghan, there's a congressman on TMZ,'" Meghan McCain writes Tuesday in her latest blog post for the Daily Beast. "To which I answered: 'Twenty bucks he's a Democrat.' Well, I was wrong."

"...At the end of the day, Congressman Schock is only three years older than me. Which means he can relay a message in ways my father never could," she says.


TMZ is owned by Time Warner, which is also the parent company of CNN.

McCain gives Schock high marks for reaching out to demographic groups that do not traditionally vote Republican, for his calls for greater ideological flexibility, and his decision to avoid negative campaign ads.

Related: Schock on flying with Obama

"As someone who has been personally attacked when I invited political discourse, I firmly believe that talking about our differences - instead of mudslinging - can only bring people closer to the Republican Party and force them to take a second look at their candidates," she writes, referring to recent public spats with conservative commentators Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter.

McCain says the "congressman-turned-TMZ-hottie" may be the cure for what ails the GOP: "If nothing else, in an Obama-crazed land, he is getting people's attention and putting another fresh face at the center of what it is too often perceived as an old-news, boring party."

Related: Schock voted 'hottest freshman' by HuffPost's readers


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. redleg

    He is still young enough to enlist if he wants to serve his country. He could join the National Guard or Reserves. Why doesn't he put his body to good use?

    March 31, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Dave WI

    As if we needed anymore confirmation that this clown was a tool... I think he could really complete the image with some frosted tips!

    March 31, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. florida indep

    This guy sounds like someone else that I would not knowingly or willingly follow to a toilet. We need something other than the same old tired ideas of both the major political parties. This once proud country is going down hill rapidly in the most basic ways and all we get are more self-consumed clowns in business suites and more idiotolgical warfare in government. Wish I could win the lottery and move someplace else.

    March 31, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Merkin Muffley

    A lily-white frat boy fascist. Yeah, that's just who we need to straighten America out.

    March 31, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. keeth in california

    He's young, he's pretty... he's Palin with washboard abs! And likely just as clued in and experienced in the real world, too. Nukes in Taiwan? Real smart...

    March 31, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. calvin

    Is that what we've be reduce to, style and no substance...we've got real issues...we've got real problems.....is that all you've got....cheesecake?

    March 31, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. RR

    give him a couple more years, and he'll have the same experience as Obama!

    March 31, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Joe

    Isn't this the same Megan McCain who was on CNN a month ago saying she hated talking politics and it was ruining her love life (oh boo-hoo)? She doesn't like Dem's cause they don't like her dad and doesn't like Repub's cause they all drool over her dad. Who the hell cares!

    March 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. NEIL

    Had enough of lookers, we need politicians that want to work, not looking for photo ops or TV shows

    March 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Quick2822

    So he's a good looking guy who looks good with no shirt on. Great.

    He's from my state, and from what I know of him he lacks substance.

    March 31, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. johnny

    @ K March 31st, 2009 11:31 am ET

    Truth is, the opinions of 20 somethings are every bit as valid and matter every bit as much as yours. A 25 year old is eligible to vote, and they should because this is every bit as much their world as it is yours, no matter that you've been in it longer, that just means you're on your way out.

    March 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Nichole

    He's the only Republican I'd make out with.

    March 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Tiger75

    I guess having good looks and washboard ads make you the ideal person to be a speak for a party.. LMAO

    March 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Zion

    He's a cutie. The GOP like the Democrats need youth, and stop relying on old white men only.

    March 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. alpha_nu_916

    the GOP is saved.
    what america is longing for in these dire times is a set of washboard abs & a gleaming white smile.

    March 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Michael - USAF Veteran

    @Quick2822. Just like Obama

    March 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. B

    Meagan this is not the dating game. ACORN just voted in someone that thinks he's God. We could care less about finding someone that tells you everything you want to hear. We've got a house full of rookies now so we don't need anymore. Give us someone who has had to buy their own underwear instead of mom and dad buying them for them.
    Your dad lost sad to say and you were never running so why don't you run and play instead of popping off at the mouth to get attentiion.

    March 31, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Lefty

    We need brain's and honesty. Not just somebody who look's good.

    March 31, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Gis Bun

    If one of requirements to be a politician is that you have to be cute, the US would have Jessica Simpson as the President and Paris Hilton as her Vice-President. Of course the armed forced would probably head into battle wearing pink uniforms.

    I don't think the US would vote for anyone to be president at lerast until they hit the 40s.

    Schock [I'll assume] graduated from some university but has probably never spent a minute in a decent size company in any management position. And the GOP (or some) think he can lead?

    March 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. John

    I'm sorry but the GOP is going to need more then washboard abs.
    They just don’t get it.

    March 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Matt G

    It is stuff like this that makes me think the movie "Idiocracy" is not so much a comedy as it is a documentary in progress.

    March 31, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. LT

    GOP just doesn't get it

    March 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Eric M

    Meghan McCain needs to understand that "I like Aaron Schock, I don't like Ann Coulter" is not political discourse. It's a soap opera. It's the equivalent of celebrity gossip....and it's an element of politics that unfortunately has been embraced in the last several years. Now, she's contributing to it. She's part of it.

    The other side of political discourse is talking about policy ideas and the role of government. I (a conservative independent) recently had a great conversation with my best friend (who considers himself liberal), and we were pleased to discover that we agreed on most issues...and on the issues we didn't, we could at least understand the logic of the other's position.

    Ultimately, we agreed that neither of us trust government or politicians, and that they should have as little impact on our lives as possible. In a perfect world, that's how it would be.

    March 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Debi

    Republicans: The people are looking for someone with brains and fresh ideas. Not someone with nice abs.

    If we wanted nice abs Chuck Norris would be POTUS. Have all the brains in the republican party left the building?

    March 31, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Palin fan...NOT

    Now we are looking at the new Republican Pary. They are in big time need of change. The hard right wingnuts....OUT.

    March 31, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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