March 31st, 2009
03:46 PM ET
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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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  1. kaz

    She didn't say he should run for President she said he is basically an up and coming, young well spoken, intelligent new comer who will appeal to the younger base of the Republican Party. He is a breath of fresh air and a welcome voice for the younger Republicans in the party.

    March 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    Of course! The GOP just needs to LOOK innocent again, and everything will fall back into place! Right guys?

    March 31, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ RO, MInnesota made coffee come out my nose...I think the phrase you were looking for to describe these mindless androids was "useful idiots."

    March 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. kERRY

    seriously I sit here and read these comments are we a country of republicans and demorcrats or are we a country of American citizens? I understand that we have always been more of a bipartisian society. but for heaven sakes instead of republican vs democract banter if no one in the country is happy with whom we have elected into office lets look to the other parties and seek future politcal help. Lets Show the world the great American unity we have so well become known for during atime of crisis over the last 200 years.

    March 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Conservative

    I love how everyone is saying that the "Republicans are going to need more than washboard abs, what are they thinking." You do know that TMZ is not run by the GOP, right? This is not the repbulicans putting him out to be the next President, its TMZ and news media like CNN that are putting him as the newest superstar. He won't be running for president anytime soon. If the republicans have a chance in 2012 it will be becasue Obama's policies aren't working like people thought they would and having a new fresh face will defintely not be the answer to that.

    March 31, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Rene

    Sure, take advantage of the young and unknowing by bringing someone who's obviously aesthetically fit...but washboard abs and good looks doesn't run the country! what a joke! We've all been in those situations where these types of individuals get through life by looks alone...palin proved that!

    March 31, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Voter that see's through fox news Bull

    Too many gimmicks coming from the republicans. I respect Mehgan but this guy is just another gimmick, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt years ago but this time around after all the pathetic gimmicks the rethugs have made, it's hard to take anything seriously from their party anymore and I honestly with another party would replace them. I am fine with a 2 party system just not the party of no and not the party that drove us this far into the ground and still hasn't learned from their mistake's.

    March 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    If you are a decent person who has integrity, morals, values, respect, and a desire to be fair to all Americans then you are an enemy to liberal Democrats. Just read the hate here at the ticker, I mean is there any doubt that these drone libs programmed by the leftist media feel no remorse for personal attacks, lies, and rabid foaming at the mouth hatrid?

    The lib cannot debate the facts, so they lie. They cannot hold a candle to the right's morals and values, so they distort and attack. It comes all together when you compare the way people in blue areas treat people and act compared to the kind, compassionate, respectful red areas. It is time for decent Americans to question the lib hateful rhetoric and just go by the truth and facts.

    March 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Justin Carlin

    I'm sorry, but if this brilliant person (McCain) believes that the GOP's answer is some guy in a bathing suit (notice the sarcasm here)....well, I hope the rest of America doesn't believe her. That would just lead me to think I'm a complete moron.

    A politician isn't made because he or she has a great body. If that's what you believe, get the hell out of here. I'm sick of these people plaguing my country.

    Oh, and if Meghan is reading this, you're an idiot. Go back to school.

    March 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Carrie

    Why is it republicans think they can cover up ugly with beauty.

    They need a whole different attitude , dump the Limbaughs , Hannitys and Coulters as the leaders of policy and GOP "values" Real values are not hate filled and judgmental as these people are .

    True beauty comes from within. As my father use to say "beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes all the way to the bone"!

    Let us hope this handsome young man is a new breed of Republican!
    Maybe his beauty will come from inside and out and be an all inclusive poltician other than just out for himself and their outdated views.

    March 31, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. arithmetic is liberal

    CNN has published no less than three articles on Aaron Schock, and they have all been about his looks.

    Before your organization annoints him the new "hot" Republican, can you please do some journalism and publish his beliefs and policies?

    I realize that on the internet all this information is at my finger tips, but CNN is also one of the most respected news agencies in the world. I expect them to report the news and items related to it.

    March 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Oaktown

    Meghan McCain likes his washboard abs....he's young...and that translates (to her) into the future of the Republican Party. The upside to all of this is that this sort of mindset is what will keep the dems in power for a long time. Republicians don't govern and don't have any ideas except how to be the disloyal opposition.

    March 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Village

    Republicans just don't get it. Obama's not popular because of what he looks like; he's popular for his policies.

    Do you really thing Cheney's numbers would be any different if he didn't look like walking death?

    On second thought, yes Republicans, there is a cutie pie politician out there for you, and I think you should spend a great deal of time looking for him, or her.

    March 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. jeff, CA

    It seems that of late all that matters in the Republican party is how the candidate looks to the American people. Forget any kind of substance. i.e. Sarah Palin.

    What makes me cringe is that people like the McCain's are so loyal to party, that they can't even see past the destruction the Republicans have caused.

    March 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. j3p0

    @ Rene:

    "but washboard abs and good looks doesn't run the country! "

    now that's what I call liberal hypocrisy.


    March 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Clay

    It would make sense The republicans have no substance, no platform and no agenda other than destroying our country, so they might just as well pick a male bimbo to represent them. They picked a female one last time and we all saw how that worked out for them. It would probably sell well in the red states which read more internet porn than news. And just when I thought they'd sunk to an insurmountable low, they top it with this one. Kinda takes your breath away.

    March 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. alvino

    Kevin in Ohio-

    Just just throwing out lies and the other republicancrap. Maybe one day something will stick.

    I believe the voters (democrats, independents and moderate republicans)of the United States elected the president by over 10 million votes over the lesser of the two candidates.

    March 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Rafael VA

    Next Prez of USA !!!

    March 31, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. HIllDem

    Everytime Ms Mccain opens her mouth, I lose enormous respect for Columbia University's undergraduate college.

    So a fresh face - Congressman 6-Pack – can take stale GOP talking points and sell them to clueless valley girls - is that the point we learn from this blabber?

    What is his stance on reproductive rights/freedoms? his philosophy concerning supreme court nominations? his position on gay marriage/civil unions? civil rights stance? postion on Iraq?

    The GOP already had a pretty face: Dan Quale. And then they had sexy Sarah. People are no longer buying the brand, no matter how pretty the package....

    March 31, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. AP in Illinois

    Politics is all about perception. The current perceptions by a majority of Americans of the Republican Party:

    1) No ideas to solve the problems of the day
    2) Sore losers. Still can't get over losing the election.
    3) Disingenuous. Making up issues that don't really contribute to solving issues.
    4) Uncompromising and inflexible. My way or the highway attitude.
    5) Behind the times. Still promoting less government as the cure all.
    6) Hypocritical. Listen to Rush. He accuses people of things he has does on a regular basis.
    7) Shrill. GOP doesn't seem interested in discussion. Only talking at people.
    8) Dishonest. All of the above tactics add up to not wanting to be an honest good faith player to govern as the minority party.
    9) Blaming others. The GOP needs to take responsibility for their actions and words. Stop using minorities and the press as a crutch.

    These are all perceptions that need to be addressed. And the Rush Limbaugh's and Anne Coulter's of the party are not doing anything to try to changes that perception.

    I like Meghan McCain and much to the chargin of the Conservatives I think that she could start a renaissance of the Republican party. But I don't think that promoting the celebrity hunk image is a way to go to achieve that end. People are losing their houses and jobs and the road to success is via a young guy with nice abs?

    Obama didn't win because of his looks. He won because he has shown that he has good ideas, is basically honest and can communicate with the American people. All that has been lacking for about 8 years.

    March 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Barry

    Washboard abs? Tells me two things. One, he spends too much time on himself and not the country. Two, he's as qualified for higher office as Palin with her moose-skinning talents.

    March 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Cindy McCain's first cynical reaction, "To which I answered: 'Twenty bucks he's a Democrat.", tells you all you need to know about the hypocrisy of those that trade in political tribalism.

    Her initial reaction was to criticize the political celebrity of the Democrats, but the second she realized it was a fellow Republican, the tune changed.

    True non-partisanship will never happen while this attitude pervades.

    March 31, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. S Callahan

    Baby McCain is becoming an advocate for change in the Pub's party...good for her.
    I personally know many young, hip, Republicans who are concerned for the common good...yet hold the values of less government the better. There are lots of us out there....of course not all have great abs like this hunk.

    March 31, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Amy

    This thread is hilarious. It's amazing to read how many people completely miss the point.

    March 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Jacksonville

    Okay, it's seems to me that the Republican just want excitement within their party and not someone who could lead them to become a better party than they are. Maybe this guy excites Megan (she did say it was hard for her to get a man or date) so maybe it's about her. And let the truth be told; I will never vote for a guy as young as he is, just because I think he's cute to lead any party or even have a chance in hell to be President. Maybe later years to come but President Obama will definitely do two terms. We democrats, independences and even some republicans will make sure of that. Just as before....this will be a repeat of the best administration; weve had in years (at least 8)

    Obama 2012

    March 31, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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