Why People Think Meghan McCain Is a Poster Child for Nepotism

While news continued breaking about the college admissions scandal that ensnared Felicity Huffman and other celebrities, a funny thing happened on ABC’s The View. During a discussion about the story, moderator Joy Behar found co-host Meghan McCain once again going off on a tangent.

McCain was fired up about an insult someone involved in the scandal had hurled at Arizona State University. (That’s where the McCain Institute for International Leadership was established.) Annoyed, she began the sort of rant that hasn’t earned her much respect from her colleagues of late.

“Aunt Becky’s husband, whoever the hell you are — I had no idea who you were until yesterday — sorry, your kid probably wouldn’t have been good enough to get in,” McCain said, in a reference to ASU.

It wouldn’t be the only time during the brief discussion McCain referenced name-recognition, her father, and her extended family. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s followed McCain’s career over the years.

In too many cases, the daughter of late Arizona Senator John McCain has traded on the family name to get ahead in her career. It’s why people consider her a shining example of nepotism at work in America.

McCain’s career began with her father’s presidential campaign.

Megan McCain and Senator John McCain attend the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on May 3, 2014. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

If you look back at McCain’s career as a political pundit, you’ll find it starts with her father’s 2008 presidential campaign. That’s when she launched McCain Blogette, which offered a youthful twist on a familiar theme.

Her book Dirty Sexy Politics, which hit the New York Times best-seller list, also told stories about the campaign. By that point, McCain had enough of a following to author a second book on politics. After that, she got a show on the now-defunct Pivot TV network.

Instead of trying something different for the show’s title, McCain went with something familiar. She (or her producers) called the series Raising McCain. It makes you wonder if the show would have reached the same audience with another title.

Over on The View, the audience gets almost daily references to McCain’s family.

On ‘The View,’ McCain’s arguments often revolve around her family’s history.

Earlier today on The View, McCain wasn’t done after defending her father’s ASU institute from an assumed detractor. She also took the opportunity to defend legacy admissions at universities — or at least in one instance.

“When it comes to military academies, my family goes back generations at the Naval Academy,” she said. “That’s service to your country. My grandfather, great-grandfather, my brothers, they all served their country.” After referencing her father’s resting place at the Naval Academy, Behar exploded.

“I’m not talking about your family!” Behar said. “I’m talking about the policy of where legacy admissions came from.” It was yet another day of McCain’s arguments veering in that direction.

In January, after comments from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) led to talk of racism within the GOP, McCain didn’t even try to make a point. “I’m John McCain’s daughter!” she said, slamming her hand on the table for emphasis.

McCain’s lack of preparation for work would sink people in most jobs.

Meghan McCain | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Since quality work speaks for itself, McCain might be able to shoot down charges of nepotism if her performance on The View was better. Many people will forgive lazy columns like “Why I Love Bikers” from a twenty-something, but you have to expect more from a 34-year-old pundit.

On The View, McCain has not brought the goods on enough occasions, and that’s why she’s became an easy mark for guests and co-hosts alike. In February, she ended up silently pouting after Behar told her to stop interrupting her. It was an awkward TV moment, to say the least.

Earlier this month, during a visit from Washington Governor Jay Inslee, McCain had no problem interrupting the show’s guest. In this case, she wanted to read talking-points she had about the Green New Deal.

“We’re talking about $51 trillion, the elimination of planes, the elimination of cows, no planes,” she said. Inslee, realizing he’d have an easier time than expected, simply smiled. “That is not what is proposed with the Green New Deal,” he said, to applause.

Time after time, McCain has come to work unprepared to discuss the topics of the day on a substantive level. Ask yourself: If you performed that way on the job, would you survive long?

If the answer is no, you might wonder how Meghan McCain has her job on ABC — and why people won’t stop describing it as nepotism anytime soon.

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