Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was once a popular Republican pundit and cable news personality, but later shifted to a strong anti-Trump stance after the former president said certain things about her father.
After a largely unsuccessful run as The View’s token establishment Republican co-host, McCain set out to tackle new ventures, including the publishing of her book, titled Bad Republican. According to the Washington Examiner, that meant more bad news for the young Republican, as by all measures, the book has flopped.
Typically, a book written by someone considered political “royalty” — even by family name — on Capitol Hill, is a guaranteed New York Times Best Seller, but in this case, McCain was unable to secure the bag.
The Examiner noted that an NPD BookScan revealed that within the first couple of days of her book’s launch, it only managed to convince 244 people to buy it.
An agent for McCain noted that they were surprised at the low sales volume, given her last name and her celebrity status.
However, a quick scroll through social media revealed that there should not be any surprise that McCain cannot seem to convince anyone on the right to purchase her book, and the criticism came from both sides.
“I wonder if Meghan McCain’s book ‘Bad Republican’ had inconsistencies to it. One one hand she condemns Trump, on the other hand she believes and spreads their right-wing bull crap. I can see why it would flop,” David Weissman tweeted.
Another user tweeted, “Idk, who her target audience was anyhow. I mean nobody likes her. Maybe she was selling to those imaginary independents?”
The last critique is, unfortunately for McCain, a valid one, as she is generally disliked because of her political affiliation by those on the left, and is not well-liked — or liked at all — by most on the right, aside from a few swampy establishment types.
There might have been a time when McCain could have successfully sold a memoir to an interested public, but those days are long gone, and it doesn’t appear as if there is anything, whatsoever, that she can do to win back support, nor does it appear as if she even wants to.
Trump vs. McCain
The last public spat between the two came when former President Donald Trump torched McCain for leaving The View last year, who said McCain “has always been a bully and basically a lowlife, is now complaining that it was she who was bullied by the Slobs and Radical Left maniacs” of The View.
McCain would later slam Trump, noting the “blood feud” between their families, adding, “It’s about what conservatism looks like post-Trump which I think is something Republicans will really have to take a hard look at one way or another if he ends up running in 2024.”