According to Entertainment Today, Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain and a cohost of “The View” was on a show called “Watch What’s Live With Andy Cohen.” Ms. McCain was speaking with Erika Jayne, one of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” when the subject of former Vice President Joe Biden’s pick of a vice presidential running mate should be.
Jayne, noting that Biden is looking for a woman, suggested that Ms. McCain should be that person. McCain, clearly taken aback by the outside the box idea, replied that Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California would be a more likely pick.
Meghan McCain had made no secret of her disdain for President Trump and her admiration for Biden. “I just had a long conversation with him on Saturday. I love him dearly. I keep telling everyone, ‘I will promise you will know who I’m voting for.’ But it won’t take a rocket scientist to know there is one who has made pain in my life a living hell and one who shepherded me through the grief process. Shouldn’t be rocket science.”
For the daughter of the late John McCain, the selection of a president is more personal than policy. The matter started during the 2016 campaign when then-candidate Trump was dismissive of then Sen. McCain, suggesting that he preferred his war heroes those who did not get captured. John McCain had been shot down over North Vietnam and languished in the Hanoi Hilton prison camp where he was tortured for five and a half years before being freed at the end of the Vietnam War.
McCain parlayed his war service into a successful career in the Senate, following the late, great Barry Goldwater. He further used his military record to get away with some of the most aggravating behavior that any modern Republican has ever undertaken, starting with his sponsorship of a campaign finance reform bill that many found to be unconstitutional.
John McCain ran for president twice, both times unsuccessfully. In 2000, George W. Bush beat him soundly, hurting McCain’s pride as he considered the then governor of Texas a lesser man. In 2008, McCain achieved the Republican nomination for the presidency only to be beaten again by Barack Obama, largely due to an economic crisis and rising discontent over the war in Iraq.
Not even McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin, then a young, reformist governor of Alaska, saved his candidacy. Indeed, it was noted at the time that Palin possessed more charisma and appeal to the conservative base than McCain ever managed. Neither he nor his family ever forgave her for that. While Palin bestowed upon McCain her total loyalty, the McCain family snubbed her when it came time to bury the Senator.
McCain paid Trump back for his insult by being the deciding vote against a bill that would have, at least partly, repealed and replaced Obamacare. By that time, he was dying of cancer and no doubt didn’t care about any political fallout.
It should be noted that neither McCain, father or daughter, had the courage that Ted Cruz showed by looking past the Trump insults and become a supporter of the president for the good of the country. Ms. McCain loved her dad without reservation and would not, could not forgive the slight.
Ms. McCain did not give a Shermanesque response to the idea of her running with Biden. She is nominally a Republican and a conservative, but only in the sense that anyone would be sitting next to the odious Joy Behar on “The View.” The idea of a Republican never Trumper being on the Democratic ticket has a certain intriguing appeal, however.
On the other hand, Meghan McCain has never held elected office. It is hard for someone with no elected experience to run for national office, though to be sure Donald Trump managed the feat out of sheer talent and audacity. She would also have to sign on to an agenda that should give her pause.
On the other hand, considering Biden’s age and infirmaries, Ms. McCain would stand a good chance of becoming president of the United States should the ticket win, something that her father in the afterlife would likely find highly amusing.
It does not take a sharp political pundit to suspect that the Democratic base would revolt if Biden were to reach out to Ms. McCain or any Republican to run with him. The scenario, though, is fun to think about.