(CNN) - Meghan McCain - whose departure from conservative orthodoxy on some issues has put her at odds with some in the GOP base - said Thursday that former moderate Republican Sen. Arlen Specter had "let us down" by leaving the party.
"Let me be clear: I have a lot of respect for Sen. Specter," said McCain, in her latest blog post for the Daily Beast. "But I also can't help but feel like he's let us down.
"I'm sure this was a long, hard decision. The polls were looking very bleak in his primary contest. His probable opponent was nearly 20 points ahead in many polls. And I understand how he's been made to feel like an outcast by a small, vocal group. Still, this was an opportunity for Specter to hold his ground and set an example for progressive-minded Republicans trying to overcome one of their biggest obstacles: winning the party primaries....
"We need courageous Republicans more than ever. And this week, Sen. Specter turned his back."
Earlier this week, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggested that McCain leave the party with Specter. "A lot of people say, 'Well, Specter, take [Sen. John] McCain with you. And his daughter [Meghan]. Take McCain and his daughter with you if you're gonna…" he told listeners Tuesday.
(CNN) – Meghan McCain- who has been known for her outspoken criticisms of the Republican Party, did not soften her voice Tuesday calling Sen. Arlen Specters party switch a "selfish choice."
Recognizing that it had been a hard day for the Republican Party, McCain offered some encouraging words " I am still a believer in this party! I have faith we can bring this back, who is with me?!?" she tweeted.
Sen. Arlen Specter might have left the GOP, but Meghan McCain isn't going anywhere. "In my Republican Party there is room for everyone! There is no need for an admissions test to be a member, lets be more inclusive!" she wrote.
The twitter updates to McCain's page came shortly after Conservative host Rush Limbaugh suggested that there were a couple other Republicans that should follow in the senators footsteps "Well, Specter, take [Sen. John] McCain with you. And his daughter [Meghan]. Take McCain and his daughter with you if you're gonna…" he told listeners.
"…..It's ultimately good. You're weeding out people who aren't really Republicans" Limbaugh said.
McCain sees the future of the GOP differently, "its good to have disagreements, were never going to agree on everything! Who wants to agree on everything? so boring."
(CNN) - Vice President Biden decided Tuesday to mess with Texas.
"You Texas guys are ugly as hell, but your women are beautiful," Biden joked while speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Austin. "In southern Delaware, they would say y'all married up."
Biden, in Austin to visit the city's National Domestic Violence Hotline, poked more fun at the state as he accused Texas of being "the only place I know that turns a river into a lake," a reference to the Colorado River and the dams that have been built to protect the city from flooding.
(CNN) – Meghan McCain - who said earlier this week that she found Karl Rove "creepy" - said Thursday she wished the former Bush advisor would just "go away."
"The DNC just did an ad, and it has Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney as the new faces of the Republican Party," she said on The View, adding that the party's young people like herself were looking for "new energy and new blood."
"It's very unprecedented for someone like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney to be criticizing the president," said the 24-year-old daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain. "It's very unprecendented, former vice president, and obviously Karl Rove, and my big criticism is: you had your eight years, go away."
"...[Rove] twittering is not going to make any young people come to the Republican Party, and I don't think any person my age is going to think that is cool," she said.
(CNN) – It's not every day a President of the United States lands shirtless on a magazine cover.
But the May issue of Washingtonian Magazine, to hit newsstands Wednesday, is causing a bit of a sizzle inside the beltway. President Obama graces the cover, shirtless, in an issue that focuses on "26 Reasons to Love Living Here."
The number two reason: "Our new neighbor is hot."
The particular photo choice, taken while Obama was vacationing in Hawaii over Christmas last year, is certainly an unconventional pick to showcase the commander-in-chief.
But Garrett Graff, editor-at-large for the magazine, told CNN the picture is appropriate because, "our feeling was that this wasn't an ordinary presidency."
"The Obamas, through their involvement in Washington, are helping to showcase just how exciting it is to be in Washington right now" he said. "We use the word 'hot' tongue in cheek with the photo."
"He is a buff president that the paparazzi enjoy taking photos of," said Graff.
Contacted by CNN, the White House declined to comment on the magazine's cover.
But Garrett Gaffe, editor-at-large for the magazine, told CNN the picture is appropriate because, "our feeling was that this wasn't an ordinary presidency."
"He is a buff president that the paparazzi enjoy taking photos of," said Gaffe.
(CNN) – Canadians have set their expectations high for President Obama as he heads to Ottawa today in what will be his first international trip as president. A recent Harris/Decima Poll revealed that a majority, 57 percent, feel that Obama will do better than expected as president, while 30 percent think he will be less successful then expected.
And Canadians are so confident Americans share those views that respondents in the poll released late last month were almost nine times as likely to say President Obama will be successful than not in a 2012 re-election bid.
Three in 10 Canadians polled say Obama's done an excellent job since winning the presidency, with another 42 percent characterizing his actions as good. Ten percent say they've been fair, and 1 percent poor.
Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians each week through teleVox, the company's national telephone omnibus survey. The data in this survey was gathered between January 15 and January 18, 2009 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.