Meghan McCain doles out Palin advice
November 23rd, 2010
11:33 AM ET
12 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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As someone else so eloquently and succintly put it: See Sarah Run. Run Sarah Run.
    The President of these United States, Barack Hussein Obama, would mop the bathroom floor with her.
    Run. Sarah. Run, while you can.

    November 23, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The only thing brilliant about Palin's possible run is how she managed to get the media to cling to her every move.
    She is not news worthy except to them and they have manipulated here into a story fortheir benefit.
    I'm about one article away from never paying attention to supposed new organization. who make up, not report news. Yes CNN- you're one of the worst with this.
    Palin/Couric has been your lead for 2 days- really?

    November 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Paul

    "once upon a horse" I think you're forgetting her vice presidential debate with Biden, in which she completely held her own while everyone was expecting her to be completely annihilated. Keep underestimating her and see what happens.

    Remember when Geraldine Ferraro ran for VP? Most people on this site probably don’t even know who that is. She went into obscurity after her failed election in 88. 2 years after the 2008 election Palin’s on every day with a different article. That’s some serious power.

    Also, how many debates have other 2008 candidates been in since the election? Debating other politicians isn’t something done face to face unless there’s an actual planned debate. That just doesn’t happen. But, keep holding her to a higher standard than everyone else while pretending not to be prejudice. It’s working for you.

    November 23, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    She's not running. You dems are falling for a diversion of epic proportions.

    She's running. She has too much to prove, including HER version of why John McCain lost the election. Narcissistic Palin has a score to settle and come what may Palin isn't about to allow history to write her off as a loser.

    November 23, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Tony

    Meghan McCain is much smarter than Palin. Too bad that the Republican Party is now controlled by people who are not smart enough to know that Palin is stupid.

    November 23, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    @ Paul....

    basically she HAD to debate Biden and as for as her holding her own that is a matter of opinion. So since then WHO has she gone after face to face? As far as other candidatesI don't see very many lashing out on Facebook and Twitter. Sarah Palin as far as I am concerned is as close to being a cyberbully as it comes.

    November 23, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. buccakenji

    What was wrong with my comment about the snotty little brat? Too close to the truth?????

    November 23, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. malcolm in St Louis

    Right now Sarah is sucking all the oxygen out of the room for other candidates. No one reads about Romney etc anymore. He cannot get air time or column inches. They have to be annoyed. She will also take campaign funds away from other contenders. She is messing with everyone's mind.

    November 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Meghan is POINT ON!! I have said this before also. Palin is starring in her BIGGEST role as an actress in her own Reality Show – "Palin runs for President". She is using the media – the so-call media she degrades – and they are SUCKING her in and that is all they will talk about – no other RepubliCAN’T has a chance against her.

    She is using her family – Bristol, Willow, Todd and the baby!! Bristol is winning on Dancing with the Stars on TeaV and should NOT be there. I am listening to CNN right now and within 5 minutes; they did two stories on Sarah Palin and Bristol. CNN especially have a FETISH for her!!!

    But I truly believe the BIGGEST race she is running will be her DOWNFALL – President of the United States! But Sarah is too shrewd to lose – because in order to stay in the LIMELIGHT and keep making those $$$$$$ – she cannot FAIL!!! Therefore, she will QUIT the race and endorse someone else and blame it on her FAMILY not wanting her too so it would appear she is stepping aside “graciously”!!!

    “Sheer Genius”, yes but put with it “cunning”, “shrewd”, “manipulative”, and QUITTER for FAME!!!

    I rather stick with our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to Move America Forward. I cannot even picture Sarah Palin handling the current situation in North/South Korea!!! Can YOU???

    November 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Palin did not ‘hold her own’ against Vice President Biden. It was Biden, upon the wise advice of his staff who held off considerably from attacking, defeating and ultimately crushing Palin; in the event that once humiliated, she would have surely resorted to the victim role option – as she has done each time her hillbilly antics have been called out.
    That is, while never admitting that she was a redneck simpleton who was wading in waters way above her head with the Vice President.

    November 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Joe Williams

    Megan McCain is a dumb blond who is on TV only because her father is a favorite Senator of the liberals. He is easy to manipulate and like father, like daughter. She is jealous of a real woman, like Sarah Palin, who would have been a much better VP than crazy Joe.

    November 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Hardy Takhar

    Citizens of USA. Wake up!!!!. Do not put your trust and future into Palin. She does not represent you. She does not represent the values of US CITIZENS. She is an international joke. She totally lacks "gravitas" . The rest of the civilized world laughs at you. Is this the best the Republicans can produce. Shame on you. You are about to become a third world nation. You are already second best as China owns you thanks to Mr. Bush. Start growing bananas as your empire has collapsed.

    November 23, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Hey Whatever – Sarah's PAC will be used to fund whomever she decides to support. PAC funds can be used for that, you know.

    November 23, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Joe Williams

    Hey, Tony...Sarah is smarter than Biden...even Obama is knows Biden is a goof-ball. An old time politician with sewed-in hair, polished white teeth, and no brain.

    November 23, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Nurse Lisa

    I'm hoping she runs on the Tea Party ticket because although the GOP loves her media saturation, the thinkers like Rove have no confidence in her ability. By spliiting the votes between a candidate for the perennial GOP losers like Romney and Huckabee and with Palin for the tea party, Obama is a 2012 shoe-in.

    WOW – despite the many schools she attended and being a college graduate with a background in both communications and journalism, Palin's lack of savvy or intelligence in those areas is appalling.

    November 23, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    "She's running. She has too much to prove, including HER version of why John McCain lost the election. Narcissistic Palin has a score to settle and come what may Palin isn't about to allow history to write her off as a loser."

    Ah Lynda... we can agree to disagree. You say she's running, I say she's not. Friendly wager? Whoever is incorrect writes a public admission on this blog. Deal?

    November 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "once upon a horse" I think you're forgetting her vice presidential debate with Biden, in which she completely held her own while everyone was expecting her to be completely annihilated. Keep underestimating her and see what happens.
    I saw the debate. I recall Palin being combative, and going off-subject, and holding on to her own set of facts. Not necessarily those facts that the rest of the country had been privy to.
    And then I remember her going into SPIN mode.
    y dislike of her hadn't even begun to bud then. She was woefully ill-equipped. Joe felt sorry for her and acted like the gentleman that he is. He saw NO THREAT written all over her hands, err, panicked- stricken-fake-bravado face.

    November 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Ted

    Can the GOP just tell Sarah she ain't got a chance in hell for getting the GOP nomination for president and let her go back to Alaska and make her dopey reality series and leave the intelligent people in the lower 48 alone.

    November 23, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. cosmo

    Palin is a complete idiot period......

    November 23, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. frank

    The only reason this over weight blonde bubble head gets media attention is because she's John McCain's daughter and attacks the Republican party and its members. And those are the only reasons the left wing liberal media love to interview this bimbo. Is she that dense not to realize how she's being used? Who in their right mind cares what she has to say?

    November 23, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Eddy

    Palin possibly running for President is neither "sheer genius or ultimate insanity." It's a reflection of the dumbing down of America come home to roost. But if that is really America, then we shall reap the unsavory consequences and subject the rest of the world to it too. However, saner folks will "keep Hope alive" and prevail over such nonsense.

    November 23, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Nurse Lisa

    To Paul who thinks she did well against Biden in the debate – hearing she needed to ask if she could call him Joe so she wouldn't flub his surname did not elevate confidence. They set the bar so low in terms of Palin's expected performance, that the political addictionary yielded the term "bimbo limbo" – and she has done little to convince those who hold the party pursestrings that she is worthy of more spending sprees.

    November 23, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    These TWO should be in the entertainment section. Neither one is a politician.

    November 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. John

    If Saran Palin think she could win If she run for President, than she a bigger IDIOT I though she was. And you are right If she run she does have too mush to prove, just how big of a IDIOT she is . She already prove she a QUITTER, she spread hatred and she prove she RACIST. America need too move forward, not too go back to the 18 century. And if she run for President she will prove too be have lost by the biggest margin in AMERICAN history.

    November 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. vic

    palin is a total idiot. You could never trust her to run this country. She would probably quit in 6 months. She can't handle inverviews from any network other than Fox (false News) and real journalists would not be throwing soft balls at her. She might need to go back to school..high school would teach her more than she knows now. Tea Baggers..get her would be an easy win for someone else.

    November 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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