By Samantha Hayes, in Washington, D.C.
June 13, 2008
Like many fathers all over the country, John McCain may end up getting a tie for Father's Day, but his daughter, Meghan, surprised him early with something else: her allegiance wrapped in Republican Red.
Meghan McCain writes on her blog, mccainBlogette dot com, that she was formerly an independent. But after "careful consideration" she decided to change her political affiliation. Its a "symbol of her commitment," says Ms. McCain, and to "represent the faith I have in his ability to be an effective leader for our country..." The blog entry is followed by pictures of Ms. McCain and her mother, Cindy, at the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix.
However, this grand show of support for the Grand Old Party might not have happened in another Republican family. Think back a little more than six months, before the nomination contests began, when the betting money was on Rudy Giuliani. Not only did Giuliani's son say that he wouldn't be participating in his father's White House bid, there was a little act of political impropriety from his daughter, Caroline. She supported the other side. Her allegiance to Barack Obama was discovered on a Facebook group for the Democrat.
Speaking of the Democratic candidates, I think it's a fair assumption that Chelsea Clinton is a Democrat. Barack Obama's kids aren't old enough to vote (the same can be said of many of his supporters, too).
Nevertheless, I hope both McCain and Obama get ties this Father's Day. And I hope they are plaid, paisley, crazy stripes, or even polka-dots. Because next year, one of them will have quite a large assortment of red, white, and blue.