Meghan McCain's dating dilemma

The Republican senator's daughter can't imagine getting romantic with Obama supporters... or fans of her dad.

Published March 3, 2009 6:33PM (EST)

"Of all the things people warned would happen post-election, no one ever said anything about how complicated dating would become," writes John McCain's 24-year-old daughter, Meghan, in a new entry on her Daily Beast blog. From there, she confesses that, though she has friends on both side of the aisle, she is finding it impossible to date Obama supporters. "Recently, over dinner," she writes, "a guy started explaining his reasons for supporting President Obama during the election (I didn’t ask, I think the poor guy felt guilty) and I immediately found any attraction I had previously had dissipate."

But it turns out McCain is equally repulsed by fans of her father. She's grossed out when a suitor interrupts a potentially romantic evening with a speech about why her dad should be president. Toward the end of the piece, she recounts the following, undeniably bizarre, incident:

One extreme fan of my mother’s recently told me I could be "his Cindy."And then asked me if I ever wore pearls because they probably would look as good on me as they do on my mother. No, I'm not kidding. Any guy that has a fetish for older women in pantsuits and large pearls obviously only finds my last name attractive about me.

Now, as anyone could have predicted, McCain is taking heat of the "poor princess" variety from the usual suspects -- including the Huffington Post ("Meghan McCain Overshares on Dating, Daddy Issues"), Wonkette ("Meghan McCain So Lonely Because GOP Dudes Just Want to Do Her Old Mom") and Daily Beast commenters. But while I'm not generally a Meghan McCain fan, and Broadsheet has certainly aimed its share of snark at her in the past, I have to admit I kind of see what she's saying.

McCain is, as she writes, stuck in the "ultimate Catch-22." It's understandable that she wouldn't want to date people who idolize or abhor her father. "Nothing makes me more ill than the idea of some guy bragging to his friends that he was going to go on a date with 'John McCain’s daughter,'" McCain says. (And can't you just see some goofy liberal dude running around to all of his buddies with an "I fucked Meghan McCain" story?) And I know that I, for one, would also have trouble finding much to like about a dude who didn't bother to pick a side in November. Eliminating everyone who loves, hates, is apathetic toward or has never heard of her dad leaves Meghan with exactly zero dating prospects.

But, of course, if McCain wants some personal distance from her high-profile family, she might consider not blogging about them for Tina Brown. 

By Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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