Meghan McCain to GOP: #evolve
November 7th, 2012
01:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Meghan McCain to GOP: #evolve

(CNN) – An outspoken Republican moderate, Meghan McCain took to Twitter to express frustration with her party following a less-than-stellar night for the GOP.

"I don't need to do any soul searching about what the GOP is doing wrong, I knew what was wrong four years ago when my father lost. #evolve," she wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning after Republican nominee Mitt Romney was projected to lose the election to President Barack Obama Tuesday night and Congress would remain with Republicans controlling the House and Democrats the Senate.

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McCain, a writer and daughter to former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain tweeted again, "Keep calling people like me RINO's and see how many elections we keep winning."

A "RINO" or "Republican in name only" is a term used within the political sphere to describe a self-identifying member of the Republican Party who does not conform to a certain mold of a conservative Republican.

McCain pushed back on the apparent name-calling Wednesday morning suggesting the Republican Party needs to, as she tweeted, "evolve" on a number of issues to keep up with an increasingly diverse American electorate where Democrats appear to have an advantage.

McCain's reaction on Twitter is part of a growing narrative woven from the Republicans losses in Tuesday's election and joins a chorus of Republican voices calling for change within the party.

But, win or lose, McCain got a little back-up from her mother on the social media site.

"Good job Meghan!!! RT @McCainBlogette: Keep calling people like me RINO's and see how many elections we keep winning," tweeted Cindy McCain, wife to Sen. McCain and Meghan's mother.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. St James Place

    The Republicans need to pry themselves out of the 1950's. I would suggest that the Republicans do some listening sessions to get the pulse of this country.

    November 7, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. rs

    Ms. McCain is right ofcourse on the evolve front (cute choice of words too for a party that denies science). That's only part of the equation though. The TEA Party showed us the most racsict and backward-thinking base of the GOP (Palin, Bachmann, West, etc.), not to mention the fundamentalist trolls like Akin and Mourdock attempting to infuse their radical religious beliefs into law. Clearly these folks need to be rejected (or ejected) from any political party hoping to gain a majority of votes.

    November 7, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. The Situation

    Your father should of listen to you. Maybe if he did, he would of never brought the world the shrill of a woman, Caribou Barbie.

    November 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Buckeye

    Must admit... I like that young Ms. McCain. Her father? Not so much, wish he'd stop being bitter about his loss in 2008 and stop trying to monopolize Vets' voices, we can all speak for ourselves.

    November 7, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Beth

    As a independant, I have to say I really like Meghan and her assessment is spot on. The GOP needs to evolve, drop the Old Testiment social issues, and embrace a more average American way of thinking. Like many young adults, I'm fiscally conservative yet progressive on social issues. We are hungry for a party to represent us!

    November 7, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. MarineVet

    Those that don't evolve go extinct. Here's hoping it's the latter.

    November 7, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. just sayin

    democrats are right on this one. john should have aborted her.

    November 7, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Yawn. This is almost comical. Princess McCain tells tthe GOP/Teatrolls what us Dems and liberals have been telling them for YEARS, and suddenly CNN thinks it's important enough to broadcast the message? Day late and a dollar short, sistah. You're going to have to wait while natural selection culls the GOP/Teatroll herd first. They made their choice.

    November 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. JohnW

    Hey GOP, this woman should be your face. You might get reasonable independents such as myself to consider you a viable alternative. As you exist now, that would never happen. Evolve indeed.

    November 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Al

    It's refreshing to hear from a republican who has ideas beyond making sure Obama is (was) a one term president. The majority of republicans interpret compromise as "my way or the highway"

    November 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Deme Joseph

    Get a job

    November 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. TM

    Ms McCain is wasting her time. The Republican record is very clear. They do not believe in Evolution.

    November 7, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Boo

    'Evolve" – meaning....it's 2012....the 21st century.....GET WITH IT RIGHT WINGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Easier said than done Meghan. There are still die hard KKK members in the base of your party which can't accept diversity. It is what it is.

    November 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. myviewis

    I guess we will "evolve" come the Fiscal Cliff and people will face more unemployment everywhere and the stock market crashing but I guess women can take abortion and birth control to deposit in the bank to pay their bills. And Latinos can deposit in the bank immigration reform.

    November 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. skarphace

    The Tea Party influence, where you stick to your principles no matter what and refuse to compromise with others that have differing opinions, is exactly why they got a beat down this election. If they had nominated one of those they labelled a 'RINO', namely John Huntsman, then my vote would not have gone to Obama.

    November 7, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. cali girl

    It's not a world of old white men.
    President Obama received 40% of the white vote.
    80% from not white, meaning women and minorities.
    73% Hispanic vote
    That should spell out what is wrong with the GOP.

    November 7, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. The Unsub

    I would like to thank (four and the door, truth hurts, myviewis, and other haters) If it wasn't for your daily vitriolic posts, PRESIDENT OBAMA would not have been re-elected! I hope that this is the END of the Republican Party as WE know it!

    November 7, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. WILSMITH24

    Iam glad to see a daughter speak up. She see what Amercia see and for the Grand Old Party to keep thinking in their Grand Ols Ways their party will continue to lose and possibley even be replaced someday. Replaces with what will be the question. The Tea Party is clearly a road to no where.

    November 7, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. California Gary

    Smart young lady. The GOP needs to evolve, or they will go the way of the dinosaurs. My bet is they will lurch even harder to the right initially.........and when they take it on the chin one more time, they will finally see the light.

    November 7, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Tell you dad to be quite.

    November 7, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    In order for the Republican Party to evolve, they must first learn to accept that at least some forms of Evolution are part of the natural order of life. That's asking for a whole lot.

    November 7, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. v_mag

    Telling a bunch who in general don't believe in evolution to evolve is not likely to accomplish much. But best of luck on that one.

    November 7, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Tommy G

    So she thinks the Republicans need to change to be like the Democrats? Yeah, makes perfect sense, to an idiot.

    The real problem is that Republicans address the nation as one group, you know, the old melting pot. They do not divide and conquer, pander to one group, buy off another, pit one group against another. Democrats may win elections this way, but their scorched earth campaign tactics make it impossible to govern. They have started a wildfire they cannot control or put out. It is now consuming our country. Good work Democrats.

    November 7, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. v_mag

    If "all politics is local", the wingnuts could win. But when you get to the national level, that blowhard rhetoric doesn't work. You run smack into people with educated opinions, and they will stop the Republican Party cold. Sure, Texas can rubber stamp a nitwit like Ted Cruz, but even as big and dumb as Texas is, it can't elect a president who is on record with all the baggage Romney had.

    November 7, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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