Watching Meghan McCain speak at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center Thursday night was like watching a square peg try to fit into a round hole.
Throughout the evening, McCain—who was in town to promote her new book "America, You Sexy Bitch"—repeatedly tried to profess herself a bonafide Republican of the next generation, albeit an "unorthodox" one. But the longer she spoke, that just didn't ring true.
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The 27-year-old daughter of former GOP presidential candidate and Ariz. senator John McCain dutifully declared to the audience how patriotic she was, how much she loved guns and the military, and that she believed in small government.
But when it came to answering the interviewer's questions, McCain landed a number of times on what appeared to be the other side of the political divide. McCain's responses at the DCJCC below, edited down for brevity.
On climate change deniers: "I can't even touch that. Is climate change a liberal issue? We're having the hottest summer on record, and wildfires for a reason."
On gun control: "I'm a big second amendment rights supporter, but I've changed my mind about how much you need. There is no need to have more than 30 rounds at a time. Especially after Gabby Giffords."
On gay marriage: "I think gay marriage is civil rights. This generation just wants their friends to have equal rights."
On abortion: "I personally am pro-life, but I don't want to repeal Roe v. Wade. I think there would be riots in the streets. It's such a private choice for a woman and I don't like telling people how they should live their lives. Talking about abortion makes me uncomfortable, the vaginal probe [issue] makes me uncomfortable, and it shames women."
On marijuana legalization: "Look what's going on with marijuana in this country. I just smoked it in this book."
On Democrats and Republicans today: "Democrats have co-opted the Lady Gaga cool factor. I worry that Republicans are going to miss the boat on the young generation."
On how she's been received by the Republican party: "Old school Republicans [look at me and] it's like I'm talking about killing Ronald Reagan."
On who she'd like to see as a Republican president, other than her father: "Is Mitt Romney the wrong answer? [laughs] I'd like to see Lindsay Graham or Joe Lieberman." (Lieberman, a former Democrat, still caucuses with Democratic candidates.)
McCain said her father hates "America, You Sexy Bitch," in which she spends a summer traveling across America with liberal comedian Michael Ian Black. "It's the biggest fight we've ever had. He thinks it's tawdry."
And had McCain listened to her publisher, "America, You Sexy Bitch" could have been a very different book. McCain told the audience that De Capo Press asked her to write that Obama was a Muslim born in Kenya, because it would sell more books. McCain said no.
"So this book is doing well, but it's not selling like soup cans," she said. "It's not doing crazytown Republican well."