Meghan McCain on the trail.
February 13, 2008 10:31 AM   Subscribe

Meghan McCain's blog. Just another political blog, by another candidate's daughter. O! what the internet has wrought.

WTF, silhouette?
posted by OmieWise (81 comments total)
 
Ummm... is there something I'm missing here? Is there something about the graphic on her blog that entertains you? If you stare at it long enough does something happen?
posted by wfrgms at 10:37 AM on February 13, 2008


This won't last long...
posted by pupdog at 10:37 AM on February 13, 2008


DO NOT GET
posted by mrnutty at 10:40 AM on February 13, 2008


I was hoping for some FSJ action. This is disappointingly prosaic.
posted by GuyZero at 10:44 AM on February 13, 2008


Candidate's daughter blogs about music, references the campaign. Receives gushing fan mail from folks who seem to like her for her fashions, not her political insight.

O! What the internet hath wrought indeed: More insight into the vapidness of the elites.
posted by never used baby shoes at 10:45 AM on February 13, 2008


What is FSJ?
posted by Mister_A at 10:53 AM on February 13, 2008


Fake Steve Jobs. Even better than the real thing!
posted by GuyZero at 10:55 AM on February 13, 2008


Oh I get it! It's a....

No never mind.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:55 AM on February 13, 2008


I didn't want to editorialize in the post, but I found this banal at first look, and then increasingly fascinating. The blog of the daughter of the presumptive GOP nominee, presented in such a perfectly pitched style, with what appears to be such carefully chosen content. The studied casualness of everything from the narrative to the snapshot-style picture framing to the "playlists" seems so carefully considered. It's like a well-designed (even though I don't particularly like the design) myspace page, but with pictures of Lindsey Graham. The road trip/fashion show sub-narrative is completely out of place. The logo is particularly weird, a silhouette with red shoes and highlighted breasts. The contrast to Obama's calls on this demographic, and Chelsea Clinton's involvement in her mother's campaign, are striking as well, and reveal more about McCain's approach and outlook than I think they're supposed to.

While on the one hand this is just another campaign website, on the other it's the calculated appropriation of all kinds of internet tropes used to market the GOP presidential candidate to a particular demographic in a way that seems pretty noteworthy.
posted by OmieWise at 10:56 AM on February 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is my personal blog. It is not in any way affiliated with John McCain or the McCain for President Campaign. This blog reflects the views of mccainblogette.com and does not necessarily reflect the views of any other person or entity, and no other such person or entity is responsible for the contents hereof.

WTF?
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 10:56 AM on February 13, 2008


What is FSJ?

Fairly Serious Jujitsu?

Fucking Someone's Jetta?

Foghorn Sudanese Jello?
posted by quin at 10:57 AM on February 13, 2008


OH! Ok.
posted by sfts2 at 10:57 AM on February 13, 2008


Young hot chicks supporting McCain. It's just so....wrong. Like those t-shirt ads on RedState or Powerline. Babes are supposed to be cool, not go in for torture and bible thumping.

Well actually...when I put it like that...
posted by DU at 10:58 AM on February 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hot? Are you high? The second of the three bloggers is wearing an old-lady collar! Ewwww!
posted by notsnot at 11:00 AM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Man, someone forward this to David Foster Wallace. It'd throw him into a shitfit, I bet.
posted by cog_nate at 11:00 AM on February 13, 2008


Get off my lawn.
posted by DU at 11:00 AM on February 13, 2008


CONTEXT
posted by shakespeherian at 11:03 AM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Mary-Anne and Mary-Kaye." McCain has the Mary-Hyphen vote locked up.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:04 AM on February 13, 2008


Doesn't it seem like she's being pimped out in some weird sort of way?
posted by designbot at 11:10 AM on February 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Jackie Gingrich Cushman's blog.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:11 AM on February 13, 2008


Good, I'm glad she has a blogette.


Because she is not a man.
posted by Corduroy at 11:13 AM on February 13, 2008


Seems at this level of the political game, life is very very meaningless.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:15 AM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


More emptiness.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:17 AM on February 13, 2008


First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover
In Book One, the race for the presidency is on, and sixteen-year-old Sameera's dad is a contender. As the pressure builds, Sameera must choose: Will she hide behind a fake persona or speak up for her true self? Booklist calls this a fast, funny novel, and PW describes Sameera as an "intelligent, witty heroine."

Don't forget to visit Sameera's blog!
posted by designbot at 11:19 AM on February 13, 2008


But the important question is: Is she hot?
posted by fiercecupcake at 11:22 AM on February 13, 2008


Like, oh my god! That was soooo awesome!
posted by Pollomacho at 11:23 AM on February 13, 2008


I agree that it's slick, but then again, with the talk of being ill and Mars Volta and Architecture in Helsinki name-checks, it could be much, much worse. As for the graphic, too, I've seen much more egregious examples.

Sure, there might be some political machinery behind this (and who am I to blame them?), but as far as I can tell it's presented more as a "hi, I'm just this girl blogging and oh, here are some pictures from the trail" way rather than "oh my gawd vote for my dad y'all". Note also the "testimonials" (many of which - if real - are from overseas readers, I must note): of course, they are overwhelmingly positive, but they come across mostly as general fanspeak with strong nods to the McCain campaign, not as a total shill.

(Maybe this is some form of modern, jaded shill-blindness and I'm actually reading too little into this, I don't know.)

What I *don't* get is the Meet the Blogettes page: it seems to suggest it's some sort of group blog or group of related blogs, but the other two girls aren't linked.

Lastly, it must be said: the "Johnny Ramone was a proud Republican and big fan of President Reagan who insisted the title of the song be changed to its refrain." thing (*ugh*) is misleading, at best.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:28 AM on February 13, 2008


CONTEXT

That's an interesting article, which suggests the opposite of what I suggested, lauding Meghan as an independent, unjustly derided paragon of womanly assertion. I don't think I buy it, not because I don't believe that she could be like that, but because I would imagine that this kind of campaign-linked thing is pretty carefully managed. I may just be a cynic.
posted by OmieWise at 11:31 AM on February 13, 2008


Opening remakrs. She has bad cold.Going to doctor. Ok. Tell us what sort of health coverage YOU have and how YOUU got it and why so many non-Crongress people don't have something like yours?
posted by Postroad at 11:35 AM on February 13, 2008


From the CONTEXT link:

"Very heavy," deadpans father McCain, 71, when asked what he thinks of the blog. He then shoots a knowing look to his spokeswoman. "Some of it is hard for me to understand. A lot of heavy issues, you know."

Anyone know how many pages in I need to get before I hit the "heavy issues"?
posted by JaredSeth at 11:36 AM on February 13, 2008


She's the new queen of incredibly banal stock photography.
posted by hermitosis at 11:39 AM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


If McCain thinks these are heavy issues, I wonder how he comprehends, say, THE WAR.
posted by fusinski at 11:40 AM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


But the important question is: Is she hot?

"Baby, I would stay in you for 100 years."
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:46 AM on February 13, 2008 [4 favorites]


Anyone know how many pages in I need to get before I hit the "heavy issues"?

He's probably referring to Schwarzenegger's choice in footwear.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:47 AM on February 13, 2008


We should thrash her in comments to try to bait her into signing up here.
posted by BeerFilter at 11:57 AM on February 13, 2008


"Very heavy," deadpans father McCain, 71, when asked what he thinks of the blog. He then shoots a knowing look to his spokeswoman. "Some of it is hard for me to understand. A lot of heavy issues, you know."

Er, isn't the point here that he recognizes that the blog is very light/fluffy? That's what "deadpans" meant to me...
posted by Perplexity at 12:00 PM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't care one way or the other, but after a look at the blog, I think I go with the Salon article. The blog doesn't read like "perfectly pitched style" with "carefully chosen content"; it just reads like a young woman's boring blog. "I am sick as a dog. I went to the doctor today and had it confirmed." Hmm, I wonder what the campaign means by that?? And if there's any candidate who I can imagine letting his daughter run amuck with her own blog, it's John McCain. I don't like the man, but polished and calculating he's not.
posted by languagehat at 12:07 PM on February 13, 2008


Er, isn't the point here that he recognizes that the blog is very light/fluffy?

Get with the program! Here at MetaFilter, we don't try to understand comments made by Republicans, we just mock them!
posted by languagehat at 12:08 PM on February 13, 2008


we don't try to understand comments made by Republicans, we just mock them!

It's all we have left.
posted by fusinski at 12:13 PM on February 13, 2008


Sure, there might be some political machinery behind this (and who am I to blame them?), but as far as I can tell it's presented more as a "hi, I'm just this girl blogging and oh, here are some pictures from the trail" way rather than "oh my gawd vote for my dad y'all". .

Never. Look at the bios of the "blogettes" -- we have a professional photographer for the photos, and a professional producer for the film, video, and audio segments, which are indeed slickly edited. These people are being paid; it's part of the campaign. That's why these are the "opinions of the blogettes" and not "opinions of Megan McCain."

A small detail that I particularly hate for its manipulative qualities: the 'confessional' video of Meghan is shot from that angle you get when people are shooting themselves on a handheld digital camera, only she's not shooting herself on a handheld digital camera. She's being shot by a videographer with a professional camera.
posted by Miko at 12:15 PM on February 13, 2008


What does it feel like to win the Florida Primary? It feels like The Doors song "Break on Through"

Y'know, whipping it out on stage is one of the few things that might make me want to vote for McCain.
posted by box at 12:23 PM on February 13, 2008


(The playlists are, by far, my favorite part.)
posted by box at 12:26 PM on February 13, 2008


More context: A profile of Meghan McCain (and her weblog), from The Observer's Woman supplement (The Observer is The Guardian's sister paper).

I'm kind of surprised that I've read/watched items about this weblog quite a few times in the UK media, and yet it hasn't made MetaFilter until now, and nor has it crossed the radar of anyone posting comments. Was under the impression she was well famous.
posted by jack_mo at 12:36 PM on February 13, 2008


Well, when I think of "deadpan" delivery, I think of it as trying to keep your true feelings out of your voice. Had he winked as he said that or adopted a joking tone, then sure, I'd say he was acknowledging it as the light and fluffy pap that it is. By saying it emotionlessly, I take it he either doesn't want us to know how vapid he finds her blog or he really is having a hard time understanding it.

I'd probably be more comfortable with the former than the latter in our next president.
posted by JaredSeth at 12:36 PM on February 13, 2008


He "deadpans", and then he "shoots a knowing look". This is a friendly article, not a hatchet-job, so the reporter's clearly not trying to create an inflammatory picture of McCain's reaction; the only, to me, sensible reading is that he's being wry about the lightness of his daughter's blog. Make of the joke what you will, but getting either "he's stupid" or "he's hiding something" out of that passage is a huge, huge stretch.
posted by cortex at 12:44 PM on February 13, 2008


"Very heavy," deadpans father McCain, 71, when asked what he thinks of the blog.

He's trying to relate to the youth-- kids today call things "heavy" when they like them. He just wants them to know he's "hep".
posted by InfidelZombie at 12:44 PM on February 13, 2008


I'll have to ask Jack about his sister now. Who knew?
posted by Lord Chancellor at 12:48 PM on February 13, 2008


we have a professional photographer for the photos, and a professional producer for the film, video, and audio segments, which are indeed slickly edited.

yeah, but that could easily be because it's a rich girl who wants to look hot on camera, not because the campaign is trying to get votes through her. Paris Hilton always knows how to pose, too - doesn't mean her dad is using her to increase the stock of his chain of hotels.

Well, when I think of "deadpan" delivery, I think of it as trying to keep your true feelings out of your voice. Had he winked as he said that or adopted a joking tone, then sure...

come on, "deadpans" means saying the opposite of what you mean as a joke because the context is obvious (or you trust your audience enough) so no wink/ etc is needed. If he said it was "heavy" and the reporter said he was deadpanning, there is really no other way to understand that except that he understood that the blog was fluff! You think he actually thinks the issues his daughter brings up are "heavy" in some way?

I'm not saying McCain doesn't hope this gets young voters to like him more, but I don't see any reason to believe he or the campaign set this up initially.
posted by mdn at 12:51 PM on February 13, 2008


I am completely surprised that she's not 50 years old.
posted by shmegegge at 12:55 PM on February 13, 2008


He's trying to relate to the youth-- kids today call things "heavy" when they like them. He just wants them to know he's "hep".

There's that word again; 'heavy'. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:02 PM on February 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


I am completely surprised that she's not 50 years old.

Viagra's a hell of a drug.
posted by fusinski at 1:03 PM on February 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


Maybe, but it wasn't on the market until 1998...
posted by Burhanistan at 1:08 PM on February 13, 2008


The blog doesn't read like "perfectly pitched style" with "carefully chosen content"; it just reads like a young woman's boring blog. "I am sick as a dog. I went to the doctor today and had it confirmed."

I dunno languaghat, it reads to me like what a copywriter writes when she's trying to sound casual, like a young person, but inoffensive, and yet not make a single grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistake, and use no slang other than 'cool.' The tone is reminiscent of the way adult writers write young adult fiction. The degree of attention that went into the layout and design is really pretty high. The final clincher for me is that it's really not actually cool or young or authentic in content or feel, and reveals nothing unexpected or truly 'inside' about the campaign.

I don't care one way or another about McCain and I don't feel I need to take him down; I think the zeitgeist will do that just fine, but this just has that familiar sheen of manufactured virality all over it. I don't doubt that McCain's daughter and her friends view this as their blog, but I do wonder how much tech, design, and editing help they are getting from campaign staff. Maybe none, I suppose, but I'm skeptical.

I've read/watched items about this weblog quite a few times in the UK media,

I was just reading some of these articles, and it's surprising to me that the reporters who've covered it seem to have taken its authenticity at face value. Have there been any interviews in which she's been asked "Who's paying the producer's and photographer's salaries? In what ways is this connected with the campaign?"
posted by Miko at 1:10 PM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Maybe, but it wasn't on the market until 1998...

Right. My only explanation then is she must have been a product of the mailman.
posted by fusinski at 1:13 PM on February 13, 2008


I think it's a mix of conspiracy and letting her post her banal stuff as she pleases. The campaign team put it together for her and in subtle ways has framed her expression on there, but then she goes the last mile and plops content down on it. If it doesn't seem like it's in lockstep with the campaign line, then it just adds to the intrigue of its target market: young voters. This is a way that McCain is marketed as a "cool dad" kind of candidate since he can't directly compete with the hipness factor of Obama.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:15 PM on February 13, 2008


Take that back about the spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. I found some.
posted by Miko at 1:19 PM on February 13, 2008


But let's have some scale here: there's maybe 1, perhaps 1 1/2 beans on this plate here. Burning the cortical juices ain't justified.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:26 PM on February 13, 2008


Has anyone considered that maybe Hillary is writing this blog?

...from space?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:32 PM on February 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Miko, fwiw, and not to negate your point at all, but a lot of "professional" work is chock full of spelling, grammatical, and factual errors.

Still, yes, on balance this blog has received some professional help.
posted by Mister_A at 1:40 PM on February 13, 2008


Miko: "I dunno languaghat, it reads to me like what a copywriter writes when she's trying to sound casual, like a young person, but inoffensive, and yet not make a single grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistake..."

Oh, come on -- don't point that out! They'll have to go through and sprinkle in a few "teh"s and there/their/they're errors, just to give it that authentic, wholesome feel.
posted by Kadin2048 at 1:44 PM on February 13, 2008


Burning the cortical juices ain't justified.

Or legal, even, without my express permission.
posted by cortex at 1:47 PM on February 13, 2008


I thought we had implied permission by virtue of membership in the cabal?
posted by Mister_A at 1:50 PM on February 13, 2008


there is no cabalblogette.com
posted by cortex at 1:52 PM on February 13, 2008


If those juices are burning, you might want to see a doctor about that.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:54 PM on February 13, 2008


The degree of attention that went into the layout and design is really pretty high.

Seriously: who the fuck puts rounded corners on every picture they post? Links to the Itunes store for every song they mention?

The music is pretty funny. A lot of good choices, actually, but good music choices and the Republican party don't tend to go together. They picked Bad Religion. They picked Willie Nelson - real high on drugs, along with a lot of their other choices. They picked Dylan. I've got a Dylan song for them, it's called Masters of War.

Funnily enough, the only part of the site that seems completely amateur is the full disclaimer, part of which doesn't even really parse or make logical sense and the rest of which is lies.

I am not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, opinions expressed, privacy policies, products or services or for any damages or losses, directly or indirectly, caused or alleged to have been caused as a result of your use or reliance on the information provided by this web site.


No, dumbass, you are, in fact, responsible for the content and opinions expressed on your blog.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 4:39 PM on February 13, 2008


Oh, damn, I just realized that's the hint that yeah, it's all a sham.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 4:41 PM on February 13, 2008


Meh. Don't really care about the candidates' offspring one way or the other.

But I am pretty disappointed that Meghan McCain's site is referred to as a BLOG. It does not have permalinks and does not allow comments, and I can't see any links to anything at all in the content.

So, from the purely technical point of view of this long-time blogger: FAIL.
posted by davidmsc at 4:51 PM on February 13, 2008


Is it just me or does anybody find "blogette" insufferably condescending?

[definitely ette-ist]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:28 PM on February 13, 2008


She's obviously rich enough to hire designers herself, if she wanted too.
posted by delmoi at 7:34 PM on February 13, 2008


The more interesting McCain daughter, by far, is Sidney:

'I am trying to keep my life as normal as possible,' John McCain's eldest daughter says

The eldest daughter of Republican presidential candidate John McCain lives in Toronto and works for the major record label EMI Music. Unlike some of her siblings, Sidney McCain has generally shied away from the political spotlight. But she has still played a small role in her father's bid for the U.S. presidency, in which he has become his party's presumptive nominee.

“I am trying to keep my life as normal as possible,” Ms. McCain said in a brief e-mail exchange...

Ms. McCain, who until recently was a registered Democrat, according to The Times story, always challenged authority and continues to debate her father on a variety of issues. “I was the boundary pusher,” she told the newspaper. “In high school I was very rebellious. I needed to look at all sides. At least he would hear me out.”


FWIW, I met Sidney McCain back in my college radio days. She was a pretty awesome, straight-up woman. The fact that you're not hearing much about her on the campaign trail speaks volumes, is my guess.
posted by mediareport at 8:50 PM on February 13, 2008


Show us your ink!

It's strange to see a modern site built without the aid of css.
posted by o0o0o at 9:44 PM on February 13, 2008


Ms. McCain, who until recently was a registered Democrat, according to The Times story, always challenged authority and continues to debate her father on a variety of issues. “I was the boundary pusher,” she told the newspaper. “In high school I was very rebellious. I needed to look at all sides. At least he would hear me out.”

Sounds like she's very much like her dad.
posted by gyc at 9:59 PM on February 13, 2008


The winner who shows us their best political ink gets a $50 iTunes card.


It was probably a very good idea to make sure the prize was worth less than the cost of the tattoo.
posted by Miko at 6:25 AM on February 14, 2008


"Very heavy," deadpans father McCain, 71, when asked what he thinks of the blog.
He's trying to relate to the youth-- kids today call things "heavy" when they like them. He just wants them to know he's "hep".


"She ain't heavy... she's my blogette..." (I guess I am betraying my age to reference The Hollies.)
posted by aught at 7:54 AM on February 14, 2008


Check it out today--little brother Jack is at the helm.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:45 AM on February 14, 2008


Wow!

"OK, we need something for the women, some kind of eye candy. How can we work Jack in, even though he's not traveling with the campaign? I mean, he's gold - handsome, masculine, adventurous, serving his country....we can't lose. OK, how's this - let's have Meghan get sick. Exhausted from the crazy pace of the campaign tral Yeah. WE can run a picture of chicken soup, because we don't want to have to have a pic of her looking sick. So it'll be like Jack is pinch-hitting for her. And let's highlight Jack's manly sports activities - racecar driving, surfing, adventure - so the guys will respect him, too. Let's be sure we start setting up Meghan's 'cold' storyline right after the weekend's last primaries, so the whole thing seems totally smooth and natural, just "little brother" Jack helping out his sis."

Next? I predict dogs.

It's sadly clear that I've lost my innocence.
posted by Miko at 9:21 AM on February 14, 2008


She seems unhappy.
posted by Jay Reimenschneider at 9:34 AM on February 14, 2008


Miko, dogs will be the subject of an entry or you predict they will be the actual guest bloggers? Kind of like a Millie the Whitehouse dog thing?
posted by Burhanistan at 10:18 AM on February 14, 2008


I was thinking subject ("While I'm in bed with a box of Kleenex, why not meet some of the family pets, like straight-talking Jinx here - when he's ready for a walk he lets you know about it!").

But I like your idea, too: "While I'm in bed with a box of Kleenex, I thought we could send Jinx out to get a chihuahua's eye view of the campaign! Let's see what Jinx found!" +post string of pictures of shoes, trees with campaign signs in the periphery, cute girl dogs, and cold cut platters just out of reach.
posted by Miko at 11:04 AM on February 14, 2008


Having bro post certainly does nothing to allay my cynicism, either. Personal blogs, even one's getting a lot of attention, sometimes go on hiatus due to the vicissitudes of life. Campaign blogs don't have quite the same luxury.
posted by OmieWise at 11:24 AM on February 14, 2008


Has anyone considered that maybe Hillary is writing this blog?

...from space?


You mean Hilary Duff or Hilary Swank?
posted by straight at 12:58 PM on February 14, 2008


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