Cheri Jacobus, writing at The Hill's Pundit's Blog, asks the same question we'd like to pose to the folks at ABC:
Why is Meghan McCain on TV?
The spawn of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is doing herself, her father and the GOP no favors. On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, the 26-year-old Meghan McCain (R-or-D, of absolutely nothing) tore into Delaware's GOP Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell, sharing with a national television audience that "in my group of friends, it turns people off because she's seen as a nut-job." In truth, many Republicans share that view, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. But why is it that we are listening to a 26-year-old with no political or professional accomplishments of her own? Her book Dirty, Sexy Politics would not be possible were it not for her good luck of being the daughter of John McCain.
"I speak as a 26-year-old woman, and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office," McCain said. "She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business." McCain said O'Donnell's lack of experience is a problem and that “one day you can just wake and run for Senate, no matter how [much of] a lack of experience you have.”
Sadly, we know why Ms. McCain was booked on This Week--and it has nothing to do with her political expertise. The producers at ABC News knew that Meghan McCain would bash Christine O'Donnell without any prompting, and that's exactly what they were looking for. Ms. O'Donnell has clear flaws as a candidate, but she's been making up ground in the polls and the Inside-the-Beltway crowd is positively aghast that she might actually win. At this point, she's still a longshot, but her positions are infinitely preferable to those of her opponent, the one-time protege of a "bearded Marxist," Chris Koons.
As for Meghan McCain, she represents everything that's wrong with the GOP establishment, content to slide along on her mother's wealth and her father's political reputation, quick to slam anyone who doesn't represent the RINO brand.
Ms. Jacobus finds it particularly ironic that Meghan McCain, a woman of meager accomplishments, would criticize anyone for the lack of a resume. Happily, she appears to be the only one of John McCain's children who inherited those bad genes. One of her brothers served as an enlisted Marine in Iraq, and another graduated from Annapolis. Based on those achievements alone, they are individuals of far greater substance than their "pundit" sister.
Watching her during a previous TV appearance, Mrs. Spook described Meghan McCain as the "Alice Roosevelt Longworth of the Twitter set--without the verve or the wit."