Meghan McCain recently criticized Michele Bachmann for Bachmann’s Tea Party rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Whether she is truly at odds in a hostile way with her father, John McCain, isn’t known publicly now; but she is among those families who differ internally on political views in quite dramatic ways.
Young Meghan has been reported to take to task Michele Bachmann, as the daughter of the once-contender for the Presidency, John McCain, as she has done with reference to other high profile figures within the Republican party. She has been critical especially of Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin and others as representing what she considers extreme views. Meghan has been on a number of television shows, like The View, expressing her political opinions, often at odds with the views of her father, John McCain. This time she appeared on MSNBC saying, “Bachmann’s a ‘poor man’s Sarah Palin.’
But Meghan is not alone as a family member with views oppositional to a parent, where the differences have been particularly newsworthy. For example, Michael Reagan, the adopted son of former President Ronald Reagan, disagrees strongly with his brother, Ron, over whether or not President Reagan had signs of Alzheimer’s disease years before the end of his Presidency as well as their father’s values. Ronald Reagan believes his father would not have agreed with many of the Tea Party values, for example; while Michael Reagan disagrees. The Washington Times reports there is such rancor there is likely to be “no detente” or reconciliation of views between these two Reagan sons.
These political differences occur in ordinary families as well. In fact there are a number of websites offering recommendations on how to deal with political arguments at family gatherings. CBS offered an article on how to treat political discussions at Thanksgiving, for example. They say folks might start with a prayer, since the dissension might require fostering the best attitudes at the outset, then proceed to discuss the various arguments made at family gatherings. The recommendation for stalemates? Thank the host for the food and leave.
Political differences are found among many families, whether it’s of political celebrities or the people who live next door. It’s just the high-profile nature of the McCains and the Reagans make fodder for news, as an example of what happens among ordinary familes and friends who have oppositional views.
Meghan McCain: Bachmann, “a Poor Man’s Sarah Palin
The Last Word
MSNBC, The Last Word
Reagan sons bicker over dad’s value, ‘tea parties’
The Washington Times
How to Win Your Thanksgiving Argument
Political Hotsheet, CBS News.com