Meghan McCain doles out Palin advice
November 23rd, 2010
11:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Meghan McCain doles out Palin advice

(CNN) – Tuesday's arrival of Sarah Palin's new book brought new criticism from her former running mate's daughter, Meghan McCain.

"The way she is running for president is either sheer genius or ultimate insanity," McCain wrote Tuesday.

This is not the first time the outspoken daughter of 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain has targeted Palin.

In her book "Dirty Sexy Politics," McCain called her a "Time bomb," and likened the decision to add her to the ticket to playing roulette.

Her new column for "The Daily Beast" is also Palin-centric. She said the former Alaska governor's strategy is to, "saturate the American public until we forget that anything or anyone else exists or is even an option in 2012."

That saturation she said includes her TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," her daughter Bristol's run on "Dancing with the Stars" and her continuous use of social media.

"Wanna run for president?" McCain said. "Quit your job, find a hot Hollywood reality-show producer, make sure your children also appear on hit reality show."

Even though Palin hasn't officially announced a presidential run for 2012, she's clearly leaving the door open and recently said she could beat President Obama in a run for the White House.

According to a Quinnipiac survey released Monday, Obama had a 48 to 40 percent advantage over Palin in a hypothetical general election match-up. The president also held an 8-point advantage over the former Alaska governor in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 52 to 44 percent.


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  1. TOM

    Maybe meghan should have given her dad some advice. I am not a fan of Palin but i was not a fan of maccain either. However i think palin is pretty smart. i like her ideas i just do not like her that much. maybe if mccain had done a reality show he would be prez? Why do anyone give time to meghan? she is not the brightest bulb on the christmas tree if you know what i mean. she only gets published because of her dad. then she has the nerve to talk about others using family to stay relivent.

    November 23, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. katiec

    CNN's love affair with Palin is getting disgusting.
    I suggest we all e mail the station to let them know we are tired of their bias.
    Of course, if the same moderators are in charge of the e mails also don;t have a change
    of geting through. Heard somewhere the powers to be ignore blogs, blog related web sites.

    November 23, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Half Gov. Palin is a joke, plain and simple (heavy on the simple). She won't talk to the real press because they won't give her the questions in advance and they ask real questions, unlike Fox No News. Half Gov. Palin just wants to dumb down America (to her level) and it seems to be working. ugh.

    November 23, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    @paul – you are part of what is wrong with the country., the half term did NOT hold her own. she had to call him "Joe" because she kept referring him as O'biden instead of biden. As a matter of fact she slipped at least one that I can remember.
    Yes, you are correct ferraro ran a failed campaign in 1988 and then she, like all failed candidates, went home to bake cookies.
    The only reason this unintelligent narcissistic piece of human trash if still around is because she is half way good looking. You can already tell that she has had either botos/surgery or both. Once she starts looking like joan rivers she will be history.
    The debates only happen during elections. This woman will never run for president because she is not going to win the primaries. She, like most of her followers, is too stupid and dumb to realize she is stupid and dumb and an idiot.
    She can't be held to a higher standard because she is the worst kind of trailer trash. She is also going to have to release medical records, W2s along with her five community colleges in six years grades. Not going to happen!!

    November 23, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    I think Meghan was being nice on this one, I really believe that she only put in "sheer genius" in there so she seemed undecided herself, LOL, yeah OK, anyway, Palin does not care about the Presidency, she really cares about fame. Just like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh end the rest of these freaks on the right, they are not stupid, but they sure know what sells....

    ...Proof, well Rush Limbaugh ran into Bill Clinton in a restaurant about 4-5 years ago, and was salivating that he was meeting and talking to a former President...

    ...and Glen Beck, heck this guy openly admits that he does what he does for ratings, but for some reason that always seems to fly over right wing heads, I guess it's too much information for their pea sized brains.

    November 23, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. aaron

    oh please run for prez, Sarah. please please please. think about it...she gets one more shot, she obviously loses because she is an idiot, and then she finally goes away from mainstream politics – being relegated to stump for tea bagger conventions. please please please run. think of all the SNL skits...a full year of hardcore palin jokes. i want this.

    November 23, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Nadeem

    Magan McCain is more qualifed than Palin.

    Palin is more like quarter term Governor. The scond half or her half term was spent running for VP. In essense she never really governed – all she did was run up the debt before quiting.

    She may be the most annoying person in America.

    November 23, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. suzibee

    WHY WHY WHY does the media continue to giver Palin air time?????
    I mean really??? I find it so scary that she and president are mentioned in the same sentence...
    STOP PLAYING HER GAME!!!!!

    November 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Alex

    Well.. at least Palin has one thing going for her – very cute lady.... but Gawd she is dumb as a post!

    November 23, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Alex

    Oops... I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said that.... I offended all my backyard fence posts.

    November 23, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. mrhapiguy

    Meghan McCain is smart enough to know that every time she mentions Sarah Palin her own ratings go up.

    November 23, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Peter E

    It is true, and political analysts have been saying this for decades: 90% of votes are based solely on name recognition. It's what got Hillary as far as she got in 2008 despite the media's constant barrage of hatred and bile against her. Palin thinks she can repeat that feat, knowing that she can get most of the votes just by having CNN parrot her name. This despite the fact that Palin is a political has-been, a loser, and a quitter! She's certainly not running on her laughable record!

    November 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Oh please, PLEASE nominate Plain in 2012! It will make it so much easier when Obama obliterates her! It will be a complete landslide for Obama!

    November 23, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Steve Oehmen

    BOB C., I don't know who you are but I think I wish I did. I haven't heard a more succinct and insightful analysis of Sarah Palin than the gentleman (I think) who so pointedly connected her behavior with the symptoms of Narcissistic Behavior Disorder. (Did I spell that right?)

    November 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. jm from sc

    How can people say Meghan has no qualifications. She is a writer with a right to her opinion just like Palin is. She probably completed college with a high GPA unlike Palin. Obama will be reelected regardless of how many wolves in sheep clothing the republicans try to push in front.

    November 23, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. BlackPanthers2020

    What's really sicking is that these white men that post on here are just in love with Palin, I 'd bet she could kill your kids and some of you ( all white men probably ) would think that she parts water or something . To the ones that may actually think she has a chance against a Harvard educated professor who is the POTUS , you might as well forget any kind of debate becasue we all know Palin will not make any attempt to debate Obama , we know she's stupid but is she a fool ......................I think both , let's just wait and see what happens , but some of you really need to get intonm reality , since when do we suppport quitters.

    November 23, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Lolo

    It is so strange how the people who defend Palin, don't know a thing about her. This tells everyone that they beleive the lies and Hype about this woman no matter what. Education is the key, not your local news outlet. Peopl please get a grip. This woman is as phony as they come. She is counting on the under educated people to pull her through. They better start teaching their kids to get more education instead of trying to promote Palin. In the end they will lose everything, because they are too pig headed to see the truth. This woman(mamma grizzly) is a fake, but I have to say she is laughing all the way to the bank. For people who are complaining about the economy they are sending this lady all of their money. I guess those family values are all just talk, because Ms. Palin is making sure that her family is taken care of but what about other American families? Has she offered any money to charity? I haven't heard about it. So long as she preaches hate and fear her followers are okay with it, because they want America to be all white. The nerve to call other Americans unpatriotic when they are truly showing there true colors. None of this would not have happened if President Obama did not come onto th scene. This woman is definitely holding grudges like a teenager. She really needs to mature. She and her husband want to break Alaska from the lower states, which has been proven, but the faithful old , under educated folks just look over it. They are voting on how this woman looks now, but looks fade. She will be needing botox soon. I see the wrinkles now. She has gone hollywood and is loving every minute of it. To use your children for personal gain is a shame, but she has none.What other unwed teen who dropped out of school gets this much attention for having a child out of wedlock. She is dumbing down America terribly. Thank God that I have more respect for myself than Ms. Palin does.

    November 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Oy Vey Az

    Meghan McCain is being groomed to take over her daddy's senate seat. She's a smart young woman who is going to be a major thorn in Palin's side.

    Palin is so bad that most of us would vote for Lucifer himself rather than see a hick hillbilly. Kind of leaves the door open for whoever might run against her ... huh?

    November 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Palin is running, but when the going gets tough, she'll pick up her millions and go home (or probably to a consulting/lobbying firm or sign up with a speakers bureau and go around the country giving speeches for $100,000 a pop).

    Palin always was and always will be about herself and herself only. For all her talk about "mama grizzlies," she abandons any task – from being a mother to running a state – when it gets hard or when someone dares to question her.

    Unfortunately, we reward this kind of childish, irresponsible behavior when the person is pretty or provocative. Meanwhile, our real enemies grow stronger and bolder (North Korea comes to mind – a country complete ignored during the Bush years), as they watch the U.S. political system grind to halt because of the likes of Palin and the Republicans, who only care about their own sick needs for power and money.

    November 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Christopher

    40% for Palin? That means that 40% of Americans are inbred, backwoods hicks to stupid to lace their own shoes. President Palin is not out of the question. We ARE that stupid.

    November 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Rickster – So only Republicans are qualified to criticize Democrats, or is that ANYBODY is qualified to criticize the Dems?, but the other way around is a display of sheer bigotry and bias toward the Republican target? Grow up dude!

    Fair is Fair – NOBODY is, oficially speaking, running for POTUS at the moment. Oficially speaking that is. She is keeping her name in the media, she endorses (sucessfully or not) this or that candidate, and she talks! And talks! And talks! So she makes HERSELF a target of both praise and criticism, and not just one of them.
    PS: the emphasys on the 'HERSELF' word is just a reminder that SARAH PALIN is a public figure and therefore has to pay the price that ALL public figures pays when they become one. HER FAMILY IS NON-ISSUE, except if (for example) her husband comes out and says this or that about some political issue, but then we're talking about a grown-up adult. HER CHILDREN, obviously, are OFF LIMITS until they grow-up and became adults.

    November 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Pasta Fazooli

    Bob C.. my exact sentiments. Palin will implode upon herself, once she has to answer to the whole nation, and not to just to Hillbillies. She won't be able to hide behind the Fox facade,.. and her memorized talking points will have to give way to real debate.

    November 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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