What surprised McCain, the 27-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain, the most during her cross country trip with comedian Michael Ian Black? "A big realization I had was that Republicans know how to party better than Democrats. When I took Michael to my family's home in Arizona, we had a barbecue, and my brothers showed him a good time, but when I went to his home (in Connecticut), we just sat around, and his friends berated me about the Republican Party.'' McCain defines herself as a socially liberal Republican, and in the summer of 2011, she and Black, a self-proclaimed liberal atheist, teamed up for the journey. The outcome is their book, America, You Sexy Bitch. We caught up with McCain, a columnist for the Daily Beast, by phone from Manhattan.
What's on your nightstand?
The Game of Thrones books because I'm excited about the new season on HBO, and Drift by Rachel Maddow.
Do you recommend Maddow's book?
I think everyone should read it. Any time you analyze America's wars, it is a topic that deserves lots of perspectives, and I think Rachel researched for her book for years.
Can you talk about where you get your news information?
I have a ritual every morning. I get coffee, and I get the New York Times, but I also read a lot of blogs too for my work. The Daily Beast, of course, but also the Huffington Post, Hot Air, the National Review, Vulture and the Drudge Report.
When we talked to Michael Ian Black, he said that he felt conservative blogs are not presented as well as liberal blogs. He specifically told me that the Drudge Report needed to be updated. What do you have to say about that?
But that's the point of the Drudge. It's a really simple format that hasn't needed to be updated. I read it, and I must check it three times a day. And by the way, Michael, there's no equivalent to the Drudge Report in liberal land.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.