Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast: My Big American Summer Road Trip

June 1st, 2011

The Daily Beast
My Big American Summer Road Trip

by Meghan McCain
June 1, 2011 | 3:03pm
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What happens when a liberal Democrat and a Christian Republican pair up for a road trip across the country? Meghan McCain is about to find out, as she joins comedian Michael Ian Black in search of what’s really going on in the U.S. for their upcoming book, Stupid for America.

What are you doing on your summer vacation? I’m going on a cross-country road trip with comedian Michael Ian Black. Yes, I am traveling across the country with an alt comedian in attempt to figure out what exactly is going on in America. It is for our upcoming book, Stupid for America.

I’m sure Michael will make me laugh, especially when he makes jokes about how his life in the entertainment industry is going to end when he turns 40 this year. But the purpose of our trip is to see why this country is so polarized. Michael and I couldn’t be more different politically. He’s a married, gun-fearing atheist, and the son of a lesbian Social Security employee. I’m a single Christian Republican blogger and a member of the NRA.

As we trek from California to D.C., traveling God knows how many miles in a big bus, we plan on talking to politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates, gay parents, veterans, teen moms, bikers, flag burners, fast-food workers, and everything in between. Then again, Michael and I do have some similarities. We both love chain restaurants, especially McDonald’s, which for any friendship is a good place to start.

Michael is a well-known comedian, writer, and actor. While he’s not an obvious match for me, our pairing is random for a reason. It isn’t often you find someone as willing to fight over politics and try something completely different, together.

George W. Bush really divided this country during his presidency. With Barack Obama, we’re still divided; some could even debate we’re more divided than ever before. There is so much anger and frustration and fear (just ask the Tea Party). But the purpose of this trip is to explore what makes us all Americans. This project is an attempt to bridge the divide between right and left and find out why this country has gotten “so f-ed up,” especially politically. My mission is to convince Michael that he probably believes in a lot more of the ideals of the Republican Party than he realizes. I also want to show him how to shoot guns, properly take a shot of whiskey, and appreciate Nashville’s country-music scene.

I want to show Michael how to shoot guns, properly take a shot of whiskey, and appreciate Nashville’s country-music scene.

Article – McCain Michael Ian Black Meghan McCain joins comedian Michael Ian Black in search of what’s really going on in the U.S. for their upcoming book, Stupid for America. (AP Photo; Getty Images)

Michael is going into this with a mission of his own. “I plan on infecting Meghan with my godless ways,” he says. “When she returns from this trip, she will be a devil-worshipping Radiohead fan. She will not only support the giant American welfare state, she will be its chief proponent, handing out welfare checks and food stamps to pierced snowboarders and smelly hippies. The Democratic coven will welcome Ms. McCain with open arms and bleeding liberal hearts.”

I don’t expect this to be easy. I do, however, expect it to be a memorable mashup of two strong personalities attempting to figure it all out—one state at a time.

Meghan McCain is a columnist for The Daily Beast. Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, previously wrote for Newsweek magazine, and created the website mccainblogette.com. Her most recent book, Dirty Sexy Politics, was published in August.