Meghan McCain is posing in April's issue of Playboy.
She's fully clothed, everybody. It's for an INTERVIEW. The 27-year-old daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and political commentator took part in Playboy's 20 Questions feature, in which she calls the 2012 election cycle lame, stands up for her body and talks a little bit about her sex life.
The day before Election Day, I almost overdosed on Xanax, McCain told Playboy's David Hochman. I had gained a lot of weight. I went up four sizes thanks to Starbucks and Snickers. Obamamania was at its height. I ended up going to Sedona with my girlfriends. ... All we did was play Rock Band for days and days and eat and sleep and hang out in bed watching TV.
Since her father lost the 2008 presidential race to Barack Obama, McCain has been trying to establish herself as a conservative commentator on the liberally inclined news outlets MSNBC and Daily Beast.
It certainly seems unorthodox for an aspiring pundit to interview with Playboy, but it's not completely unheard of in American politics. Former New Mexico governor, U.N. ambassador, congressman, Cabinet secretary and one-time presidential hopeful Bill Richardson talked about his bad-boy side with Playboy in 2007, and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., was interviewed in an article for the magazine in 2011.
Still, those politicians were men. Between questions about politics, Hochman snuck in semi-creepy questions about what McCain did with her girlfriends in bed in Sedona, Ariz., and if she was single.
Watch it, mister, she said in response to the former. My friends from home came over to support me, and we got in my parents' big bed. They have this huge California king, and we just stayed up eating ice cream. I'm not a lesbian, if that's what you're asking. I'd be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I'm not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. ... I can't help it. I love sex and I love men.
McCain Has Encountered Criticism, From Left And Right
McCain has been attacked by the left for her commentary, but some of the worst attacks had come from the right. Conservative blogger Dan Riehl insulted her body and said she doesn't belong anywhere near a TV studio commenting on anything.
In May of last year, she lashed out at outspoken right-wing commentator Glenn Beck for calling her fat and saying the idea of her naked made him want to vomit after she filmed a PSA for skin-cancer awareness. In the PSA, she wore a strapless dress to appear naked.
The political scion said she doesn't care too much about the snide comments about her body, although she does get paranoid when I'm wearing low-cut dress that somebody's going to take a picture and put it on the Internet and be like, 'Meghan was showing off her breasts again.'
But you know, showing a little cleavage can make a girl feel sexy, too, she said.
McCain did say a few things about the election, in which she talked about her support for same-sex marriage and said her father would have made an incredible president. The recession wouldn't have been as bad as it is now. We wouldn't be pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. She admitted, however, she'd be the craziest first daughter ever, who'd be making ridiculous headlines.
It's understandable why McCain, as an aspiring pundit, would agree to do an interview with a popular magazine like Playboy (you read it for the articles, right?)
But was it appropriate for her to do it? Do you think Hochman was fair in his questions, or did he single her out for being a woman with the girlfriends-in-bed thing?
Read the entire Playboy article here.