Entries tagged with “John McCain” from Polichicks

By Quin Woodward Pu

 

Though Senator John McCain failed to clench the presidency, his run for commander-in-chief thrust his daughter, Meghan, into the national spotlight. Meghan is best known for writing the McCain Blogette, a blog recounting her experiences on the campaign trail with her father.

 

We couldn't help but notice that in addition to writing chops, Meghan's got some seriously awesome fashion ensembles too. As Meghan has pursued post-campaign endeavors, such as writing for the Daily Beast and talking politics on national television shows, she's brought her rockin' threads with her.  

 

Meghan McCain and Tila.jpgMeghan's got quite a voluptuous shape, and she likes to dress it in solids, especially black. Pictured left (blonde on the right) at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, she paired a conservative black dress with an oversized Louis Vuitton black leather handbag -- not too exciting, but certainly very classy.

 

(A more surprising match? Meghan's rumored new BFF, reality TV star Tila Tequila, pictured left with Meghan, paired a floating white pearl necklace with a fitted black mini-dress and high-heeled bondage sandals to create a sexier version of Meghan's classic get-up.)

We also think Meghan totally pulls off the Norweigan look (she "inherited" her mother's ultra-peroxided blonde locks), but we're glad she hasn't resorted to Christina Aguilera red lipstick. (Not that "Ain't No Other Man" isn't on our pre-game playlist or anything.) Meghan generally opts for subtler makeup, and in line with her classic tastes are her accessories. Behold these timeless (and recession-unfriendly $400) Chanel shades and gold hoop earrings (pictured below).

  

Meghan McCain shades.jpgAs Meghan continues to blog her way through life, we hope she adds a little more color to her wardrobe. At a recent meeting with the Log Cabin Repbulicans, she stuck with her all-black look in a fabulous brocaded suit. Chic, yes, but c'mon, Meghan. Aren't you trying to re-energize the party? You totally could have gotten away with this crazy patriot-on-crack concoction.

  


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Quin Headshot.JPGQuin Woodward Pu is an up-and-coming Washington writer who loves all things fashion and politics. Read her weekly column, Beltway Beauty Beat, for updates on the best-dressed, and sometimes, the not-so-best dressed, in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @quinwoodwardpu.

 

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 Meghan McCain is still blogging.  Photo from GQ.

 Whatever happened to Meghan McCain, daughter of John and founder of McCainBloggette?  Well, if anybody would know, it would be your plucky, know-it-all friends at Polichicks, right?  Right!

Meghan is now a writer for The Daily Beast.  Her first assignment?  A post-campaign interview with her mom Cindy.  Read it over here.

 

 

We haven't addressed John McCain on Polichicks since the election, because we felt that Barack Obama should have his day after his historic win.  But now we want to acknowledge Sen. John McCain, who fought a long and hard campaign for the presidency.

John McCain's concession speech was one of the most moving that we have ever heard.  He commended Obama's accomplishments, acknowledged what Obama's historic victory means to African Americans, expressed sympathy to the Obama family on their loss of Obama's grandmother and encouraged the country to unite behind our new president.

No doubt that had to be a tough speech to make, especially the part where he preaches unity and calls Barack Obama "my president." (We mean, imagine if you had to publicly praise your work frenemy and call her "my boss," moments after she got the promotion you wanted.) But as hard as it must have been, John McCain stepped up to the plate and did what was best for our country.

Now that's "country first." 

 

Meghan McCain and her McCain Blogettes are touring the country to promote her dad's campaign.  Meghan shares what she and her friends have been up to on the road:

 

 

Actor Matt Damon is totally freaked out that John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

At 72, McCain is no spring chicken. Damon fears that if McCain wins the presidency, he'll kick the bucket while in office and Palin will become president. "You do the actuary tables and there's a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It's like a bad Disney movie," he said. 

Why would the Disney movie be so bad?  According to Damon, Palin is wholly unqualified to lead the country.  " 'I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska.' And she's the president," he said. "And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd."

He continued, "I don't know why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility,"


A Democat and Barack Obama supporter, Damon contributed $4,600 to Obama's campaign and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

(This post - especially the video - is dedicated to my sister Jen, who thinks Matt Damon is dee-lish!)

There Will Be Mud

Lipstick on a pig.jpgWhen Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican National Convention, the highlights of her speech were not policy ideas, but jokes made at the expense of Barack Obama. 

 

Then came round two. Barack Obama used a phrase commonly used in politics ("You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig") to describe John McCain's proposed plan for change.  The McCain camp squeeled sexism in response, claiming that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig.  (Never mind that John McCain himself used the "lipstick on a pig" comparison to attack Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan and on numerous other occasions.)

 

Barack Obama hasn't tossed mud back at McCain/Palin, but presumably he will.  Word is that he has lifted restraints on left wing groups who are chomping at the bit to attack McCain.  So it's on now.

 

Since Palin's attack on Obama at the Republican convention, mudslinging rather than policy discussions have dominated the news.  What do you think about this?  Are you over it?  Want the candidates to get back to the issues? Or do you wanna just oil 'em up, toss 'em in a mud pit and watch 'em go at it?

 

Mudwrestling for The White House. Nice.

 

Throughout the election season, John McCain has emphasized his "experience" while Barack Obama has focused on "change."  At the Republican convention, however, speeches made by McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin showed a move toward Obama's message of change:

Palin on McCain and change

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

McCain on change

We [Republicans] were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.

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I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch.

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We need to change the way government does almost everything....

Why the change to change? 

Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama.  "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it. 

And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground.   She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late.  Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake.

Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House?  Tell us in the comments above.

Known as Sarah Barracuda for her fierce competitiveness on the basketball court, Republican candidate for Vice President and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin introduced herself, introduced her family and attacked Barack Obama in her debut speech tonight before the Republican convention.  Is the lady a champ?  That we won't know until the polls close on November 4th.  But for now, it appears that she's got a pretty mean right hook:

I've noticed a pattern with [Barack Obama].

Maybe you have, too.

We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars....

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And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

 

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John McCain is a shoe slut, and he'll pay big money to get some.  The Senator has been spotted big pimpin' Ferragamo Pregiato Moccasins, which retail at Neiman Marcus for $520.

Some other media outlets have poked fun at McCain for his high fashion expenditure, but we won't go there.  We understand that like food, water, air and sex (uh... not the premarital kind, of course), fabulous shoes are a basic human need.  As Carrie Bradshaw, esteemed lobbyist for the right to Choos, once said, "Sometimes you need really special shoes!"

So to John McCain, we say, "Go 'head, sole brother!"

Shoe ho in Ferragamo.  Photo credit: The Huffington Post.

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Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April 2008.  Getty Images photo from here.

And while we're on the topic of The Hills, turns out Lauren Conrad is a Republican just like her frenemy Heidi Montag. While at the White house Correspondent's dinner last April, Conrad clapped enthusiasticlly when a reporter from New York magazine asked her if he should vote for a Republican.  When he asked if he should vote for a Democrat, she wrinked her nose. 

Frenemy Heidi endorsed John McCain earlier this year, and the senator responded that he "never misses an episode of The Hills."

 

Thumbnail image for TV_retro brn wall paper_iStock_000005015948XSmall.jpgMTV's Emmy Award winning Choose or Lose campaign will take over MTV2 today to present programming that will engage its young adult audience in the plight of America's more than one million young troops who have served on the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MTV News and the 51 MTV/Knight Foundation Street Team will air special reports on young veterans issues.  These reports will highlight stories of young veterans in their communities, focusing on the challenges of post traumatic stress disorder, lack of educational benefits, and the difficulties young veterans face as they struggle to acclimate back into civilian life.  In addition to these reports, MTV2 will broadcast the following specials: 

6:00 pm - Iraq Uploaded

6:30 pm - True Life: I Live in Iraq

8:30 pm - True Life: I'm Shipping Out

9:30 pm - True Life: I'm Coming to America

10:30 pm - True Life: I'm a Civilian Again

John McCain and Barack Obama have each prepared special July 4th video messages in honor of our young troops that will air exclusively on MTV2 today. Recent MTV research shows that 70% of young adults 18 to 29 personally know someone who has fought in Iraq.

John McCain and Barack Obama made July 4th public service announcements for MTV viewers.  Watch below.

John McCain's message:

 

Barack Obama's message:

 

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Clint Eastwood got a makeover!  He's softened his Dirty Harry style to adopt a look that's more When Harry Met Sally. He is so not afraid of his feminine side!  Above, Clint models his pastel pink McCain cap in a photo with Cindy McCain at a campaign event. 

Check out John McCain's pimped out campaign tour bus, complete with 22 inch rims.

 

What do Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Scrabble, panty hose and both of Barack Obama's parents have in common?  All are things younger than McCain.

Hat Tip: Glamocracy

Everybody knows about Glamour 's hotter than hot political blog, Glamocracy.  And if you don't know, you better ask somebody! Cuz you sure don't want to miss Glamocracy's daily news updates, opinion pieces and interviews with the wannabe presidents.

Speaking of Glamocracy's interviews with the wannabes, the latest was with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive talked to the Senator just moments before his appearance on Saturday Night Live

So does Sen. McCain know how to please a woman?  Let's see...  Will make a woman laugh. Check. Will stand up for a woman, namely, his wife Cindy. Check. Can sing a pretty love song.  Well, no candidate is perfect.

Maybe he can still impress us with some good public policies? Read an interview clip here  to see.  The rest of the interview will appear in an upcoming issue of Glamour. To be sure you don't miss it, just go over here.

 

A cool planet is hot. John McCain says he wants to end global warming and other bad things that affect our environment.

John McCain and his mom Roberta on Monther's Day.

Highlights:

Family friends gave Johnny 27 bottles of scotch as gifts when he was born. Mom Roberta said, "Well, you might as well enjoy it."

Roberta says Johnny "was the sweetest, nicest child I've ever known," but "he's not perfect."

 

John McCain is in luck. Hills star Heidi Montag, who endorsed the senator earlier this month, has promised to register to vote "this week."

 

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