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3.0 out of 5 stars Open politics and everything else, September 6, 2010
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This review is from: Dirty Sexy Politics (Hardcover)
Despite the title: Dirty Sexy Politics, Meghan McCain's book is mostly about her and her feelings during the 2008 presidential campaign. She tells of stealing other politician's signs and mostly her belief that she was an outsider in her father's run for the White House. She is kept out of the loop in many instances, especially in the choosing of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential candidate.
Some of her observances of the political world around her are astute, but most are her very personal opinions on how she was treated and the actions of others working on the campaign trail. She does write of her feelings of love of the country and especially of what the Republican party used to be and what she wants it to become again.
Whatever your political leanings this might be an interesting insight to political campaigns. You might be able to see both viewpoints through all her personal wining about her not being included in so many of her parent's events; but then she admits she refuses to wear the pin the Secret Service has family members and others wear so that they can more easy tell who is unauthorized. She bewails the fact, "can't they just remember my face". She is not a team player, she is her own person and remains so after the defeat of her father. She is supposed to drive to Sedona to be with the family, but instead chooses to stay a few days with her friends. When she finally goes to the family cabin, with her friends, her parents would come into the room and want to talk, but she continues to play their Rock Band game.

Much of her narration is honest and heartfelt. She does admit that maybe she had a chip on her shoulder or was jealous of the attention the Palin family received. She is her own person and seems to be honest in the story she tells.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2010 8:05:54 AM PDT
F. Hollister says:
Well played!

From your Review, Ms. McCain comes across like a sixteen year old girl.

The trouble, of course, is that she isn't a teenager any more. Remarkably immature.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 9:32:06 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 8:50:15 AM PDT
F. Hollister says:
Mr. Davis:

I think a tramp stamp is generally found on the lower back.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 10:25:36 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 8, 2010 7:37:05 PM PDT
Ishmael says:
Understanding the major issues that seems to separate us almost as a non starter. I don t really think there is much difference from the Obama WH and the Clinton WH and the Bush SR WH all are and were driven by Corporate commitments ..But Meghan is more on the road of being a typical Rockerfeller moderate republican which we call these days a blue dog democrat..How will she grow into a republican party who isolates the dying breed of moderates??? I think she is very smart and gutsy.Im certain she will find her way.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 6:56:28 PM PDT
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Lisa K. says:
I am still reading the book, but Megan McCain does discuss how frustrated she is that the Repub party has become dominated by the far right, leaving little room for truly moderate Repubs. I think she makes an excellent point, and I hope the Repub party listens to her on this issue. The Repub party is losing smart, moderates conservatives and if it doesn't open up and embrace moderates like Megan McCain, the party will be dead in 10 years. It is on its last legs now.

While McCain does spend a lot of time discussing her experience in the campaign, she states very bluntly in the forward of the book that that is the purpose of the book. After listening to her on Jay Leno last night, she was clear that she wrote this to give her side of the story and to try to give young women a window into the political process.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 10:44:00 PM PDT
Spunkychk says:
Well written Lisa. The reviewer and you have sold me on reading this book about Megan's campaign trail experience. The McCain's are a fascinating family. It's awful to read all the nasty comments about them. I believe some people in this country have become very crass, rude and defamatory.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 11:07:10 PM PDT
I can't believe we are having this discussion. She is not that bright and seems motivated by fame. And talk about nasty comments- were you following her fathers campaign? He didn't act honorably until he lost.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 12:18:34 PM PDT
Reader says:
She does come off as a bit immature for her age, but even she said that the life of a politician's child is "surreal" and that she was sheltered from a lot of the reality of the world growing up. And she does seem a little spoiled and self-centered. OK, some kids are. On the other hand, she has a unique perspective and a knack for narrative. And she says right up front that she's writing from her POV, not an objective journalistic narrative.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010 12:25:08 PM PDT
Reader says:
So you're going to judge the entire worth and character of someone based on a bit of ink on their skin. That says more about you than it does her, and what it says is not flattering. I'd rather listen to an immature young woman whose made a few mistakes but is actively looking to find common ground and work toward constructive purposes than one closed-minded, divisive, judgemental person who seems to think he's the only one with the keys to the kingdom.

Have you even read the book?
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