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Meghan McCain writes new memoir, overshares a little bit more -- and here are the best parts

Meghan McCain, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Meghan McCain's new book, "Dirty Sexy Politics," isn't dirty at all -- unless you count all her unwashed laundry on the campaign trail -- or even remotely sexy because the senator's daughter swore off hook-ups during her father's 2008 presidential bid.

"Dirty Sexy Politics" by Meghan McCain. (Hyperion Books)

But the 194-page memoir, released Tuesday (and reviewed here), is about politics through the eyes of a young, moderate Republican and "political prop," as she calls herself. Her job? "Keep a smile on my face, look admiringly at my father, and clap at the appropriate times," she writes. You wouldn't think there would be all that much left to say after two years of blogging, tweeting and multimedia oversharing, but she offers a few new tidbits:

  • After her father won the Ohio and Texas primaries, Meghan and her mom were invited to the White House for a "get to know you" lunch. Laura Bush? Not so warm, Meghan says: "For Mrs. Bush, this was one more meeting she had to take during the day." Jenna dropped by and showed off her bedroom ("The size of a dorm room ... there was a creepy painting of two celestial babies -- twins -- that scared me"). Worst of all, Meghan discovered she wasn't seated at the lunch (awk-ward) and left with a doggie bag of enchiladas from the White House mess.
  • Campaign advisers told Meghan that she might get to introduce her mother at the GOP convention -- if she got an extreme makeover. Image consultants got rid of her "stripper" (her word, not ours) blond hair and flashy clothes, then billed her, not the campaign, for thousands of dollars. "Embarrassed" now that she agreed, she calls it "one of the worst financial decisions I've made." After all that, she didn't get the introducing gig.
  • She's conflicted about Sarah Palin, calling her "the most beautiful politician I had ever seen" but "rather than joining us, and our campaign, she seemed only to begin her own." During the convention, Meghan was turned away by a makeup artist who was busy prepping the Palin kids: "They'll be getting more airtime," explained the stylist.
  • Five weeks before the election, McCain's team kicked Meghan off her dad's campaign, relegating her to a series of pep talks at campaign offices. Good times in Nashville, where she bar-hopped with country singer John Rich and danced all night "with great joy and abandon and happiness, I'm told, but which I am sad to say I was too drunk to remember."
  • After McCain lost to Barack Obama, the family retreated to their Arizona cabin where they ate, slept and decided that Cindy McCain should try out for "Dancing With the Stars." Sure enough, Bristol Palin beat her to it.

Read also: Review of "Dirty Sexy Politics" by Meghan McCain

By The Reliable Source  |  September 1, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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And look where McCain, his campaign specialists and the Palin family are now? A red white and blue, all American success story. Mean while there is a muslim in the White House that wasn't even born in this country (that's what 20% of Americans seem to believe even though it isn't at all true).

How did our election process become so twisted? It has become so under handed and sleazy that only under handed and sleazy people can be successful.

Posted by: mjoy | September 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Everything is handed over to a production team. She is right, in the reicht you are reduced to a prop. Repuglican voters want to SEE something that confirms what they believe is real. An ideal.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Meghan McCain probably will not get votes if he were running for president of the United States today. However, she has no ill feelings toward her. She does not believe in all that Palin tries to convey. Meghan Mccain

Posted by: susan166 | September 2, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Well, Meghan's dad may never amount to much, but her mom does own all the beer trucks in Arizona!

Posted by: OldUncleTom | September 2, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh Megan -I'd vote Republican just for you..and NEVER EVER change that blond hair....

Posted by: andio76 | September 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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