‘The View’ cannot find their Republican ‘unicorn’ after Meghan McCain quit

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For years, I’ve genuinely wondered why producers at The View even try to bring in a “conservative voice.” It tokenizes Republican women, and the Republican women who are hired are usually idiots, hypocrites and a–holes. I understand the idea of not wanting to have four or five women at a table in political lockstep, but there’s so much nuance to political factions these days – there would be just as much drama if you put a Trump-hating Reagan Republican in the mix with a Bernie Sanders supporter and a ride-or-die Hillary Clinton supporter. Unfortunately, The View’s producers are having a hell of time finding a “Republican unicorn” to replace Meghan McCain. From Politico:

Before taking off for the holidays, the four long-standing hosts of “The View” had a message for executive producer Brian Teta: We’re tired of the rotating cast of Republican guest hosts. When MEGHAN MCCAIN departed in August, Teta initially told the Wrap that he was “taking a little time” to find a replacement. Since then, ABC has tried out a variety of conservative fill-ins, including S.E. CUPP, ALYSSA FARAH, MORGAN ORTAGUS, CONDOLEEZZA RICE, CARLY FIORINA, and GRETCHEN CARLSON.

Nearly six months in, the show has yet to settle on a permanent replacement. And now, the longtime co-hosts — JOY BEHAR, WHOOPI GOLDBERG and SUNNY HOSTIN — are upping the pressure to pick a successor, and voicing their displeasure at having to introduce new guest hosts week after week in a seemingly endless process that they find disruptive to the flow of the show.

“Right now, we still do need a really conservative voice,” Hostin told New York Magazine in November. “And we need someone that’s not duplicative of anyone else on the panel.”

According to a spokesperson for “The View,” the program will continue to audition potential hosts in the new year, bringing some women back for a second turn. Farah will return in January, and the show will bring in other big names, like BARI WEISS and LISA LING — neither of whom exactly fit the “conservative” label — while the network continues to conduct focus groups on the audience’s reaction.

Sources close to the show said that the search has stalled as executives struggle to find a conservative cast-member who checks all the right boxes. They will not consider a Republican who is a denier of the 2020 election results, embraced the January 6 riots, or is seen as flirting too heavily with fringe conspiracy theories or the MAGA wing of the GOP. But at the same time, the host must have credibility with mainstream Republicans, many of whom still support Donald Trump.

“The problem is that they bring people on under the mantle that this woman is a conservative, when they’re ‘Never Trump,’ so they don’t represent the country,” said one of the rotating guest hosts. At the same time, the anti-Trump conservative can’t be seen as too chummy with the other co-hosts, as the network’s market-research shows that the audience wants to see the women spar. Sources said that this has hurt the chances of ANA NAVARRO, a regular fill-in on the conservative chair who worked as a surrogate for JOE BIDEN in 2020: She is perceived by the producers as too friendly with the other hosts and not a traditional Republican.

“They are really looking for a unicorn,” said a former show staffer. “They want someone who is going to fight — but not too hard, because they don’t want it to be ugly and bickering.”

[From Politico]

I remember when Nicolle Wallace was their conservative voice, and she went on to host one of MSNBC’s best shows – she’s a Never Trumper, and she has been one of the smartest voices criticizing her party and Donald Trump. Ana Navarro is like that too – a very incisive commentator who no longer recognizes her Republican party. My point? The View is never going to find their unicorn: a conservative political operative/commentator who loves Trump, thinks the January 6th insurrectionists were terrorists, thinks Joe Biden won the election fairly and someone who isn’t a racist Nazi loon. That person doesn’t exist.

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    Why do they need a Republican just get someone who is engaging. Bring back the young voice on the show.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      the problem is that they’re not really looking for a Republican/traditional conservative, they’re looking for a Trumpublican fox host type. Ana Navarro & SE Cupp should be respected as actual conservatives who are capable of thinking and discussing issues, including their differences of opinion on policy but, instead they seem to have decided to join with the extremists to eliminate those voices to make sure only right-wing extremists divorced from reality are represented.

      and dear lord, Bari Weiss’s voice does not need to be amplified either

      • Courtney B says:

        I was thinking exactly SE Cupp (libertarian) and Ana Navarro (conservative) if they want to represent *traditional* republicans views with women who are actually smart.

  2. AmyB says:

    Did anyone catch Megan McCain and Candace Owen’s going at each other on Twitter, over Owen’s interview with Trump? LOL. Glorious popcorn moment.

    Candace was 10000% pushing a narrative and not interviewing Trump. She pivoted REAL quick to mask mandates when Trump was touting the vaccines. Trump: “Vaccines work, you are protected IF you take them. If you get infected, you won’t get as sick.” Candace then quickly tries to switch up the conversation to: the evils of children wearing masks in school, and how that compares to China. Trump: “China has a better education than the US (truth)!!!”

    I guess McCain commented to Owens on Twitter how Trump schooled her on her anti-vaxx position (which he did), but Candace claps back with fat shaming comments about morbid obesity being a high risk for complications with the vaccine. Of course, she didn’t say that crap to Trump.

    I am not a Megan McCain defender, but Candace Owens is the worst!!!! Maybe these MAGA Republican’s will keep fighting among themselves, and eat each other alive LMAO!!

    And as far as a replacement for a Republican on this show, that’s tough. The GOP party is shattered right now. MAGA, and old school conservatives (many who do not support Trump, but are not vocal about it).

    • Kviby says:

      Better education is debatable. It’s a huge subject. Yes they do better in math at the end but is that all that counts? In the past 5 years education in China has changed a lot due to chairman Xi

      • Aang says:

        Before covid I taught English at a large research university. The Chinese students were fluent in written English and with a couple of semesters of speaking classes were conversationally fluent. They can read and write better than many native English speakers. They certainly take school more seriously than many US undergraduates.

  3. KBeth says:

    I wish that show would just die a natural death already.

    • LoonyTunes says:

      The fact that they’re searching for someone who would (theoretically) have supported the tr💩mp sh*tshow indicates it probably is time to throw in the towel.

      • fluffybunny says:

        They don’t actually want that. That’s why they can’t find someone because basically someone who didn’t buy into Trump’s election fraud nonsense.

    • Mac says:

      Booking Bari Weiss will undoubtedly speed its death.

  4. Merricat says:

    Lol, they want to have and eat their cake. Television conservatives don’t want to be pounded every day by the other three, unless they’re utter narcissists like McCain’s Daughter, and even they get tired of it at some point.
    I get that the show is sort of trying to achieve a balanced table, but 3 against 1 is not balanced. I would rather they give up the pretense; the show can derive conflict from the issues, rather than the opinions, since even in opinions that agree, there will be diversity in how problems might be solved.

  5. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    I love the way McCain wears her hair. Completely hides the horns.

  6. Gil says:

    I think they should be looking in the bottom of garbage can. I heard Kayleigh McEnany lives there.

  7. Emma says:

    They’re asking for the impossible. There is no Trump-hating Republican who represents the country. Republicans mostly love or appreciate Trump. (Vomit)

  8. Kviby says:

    I recommend Ann Coulter, she is argumentative but in a nice way. Meghan probably thought she was doing the right thing but acted domineering and bratty which I think was tiring for the mature ladies

  9. anniefannie says:

    I recently went to visit very good friends in my hometown, total trump country. I asked my oldest friend if based on Jan 6th and the avalanche of lies if she’d vote for him again,
    “Id vote for him in 2024, 2028 if possible!”
    This is a smart, incisive, sweet, compassionate, well educated woman. When we ( my twin sis) arrived she walked us into her house and announced “ The liberals are here!” Her husband did not say one word to either of us the entire visit. Getting an up close look at Trumps supporters was truly frightening! They live in a bubble that’s fact & morality free and find those of us that don’t repugnant.

    • Nope says:

      “smart, incisive, sweet, compassionate, well educated woman”

      I want to ask this in the most gentle way possible–do you have recent examples of any of these traits as regards your friend? Her method of introducing you might be more charming if her husband had treated guests in his own home with a modicum of politeness. She must have been aware of how he was going to behave, and with that introduction it doesn’t sound like she was bothered. And ‘smart and incisive’ doesn’t fit well with ‘fact-free’; neither does ‘sweet and compassionate’ with ‘morality-free’ or with finding you ‘repugnant’.

      Is the kindness largely in the past? Is it compartmentalized?–say, to you, her husband, her dog, perhaps her church community? I’m genuinely curious. Is she kind to anyone who is significantly different from herself in terms of religion, culture, income, skin color, socio-economic background, beliefs?

  10. thinking says:

    If that person doesn’t exist, what’s the point of trying to find one? I don’t really get it, but ok.

    I don’t like Meghan McCain, but I think she does have thick skin. You’d probably need someone with that kind of thick skin to take the job. I vaguely remember reading that Candace Cameron hated doing the job, despite the salary, because she was sensitive to criticism of her opinions. I don’t know where you’re going to find someone who is both “nice” and wants to put themselves under that kind of heat. Even Elizabeth Hasselbeck, despite her physical appearance, was both mean and thick-skinned.

    • STRIPE says:

      Exactly. The role of the republican at the View is to get ganged up on more or less every day. Who on earth would want to do that? I sure as heck wouldn’t take that job!

      Perhaps they need to consider a change to the show format if they really want to include a Republican because as it stands now, nobody in their right mind would subject themselves to that show.

  11. Merricat says:

    They should get Liz Cheney.

    • Watcher says:

      That’s a brilliant idea, Liz Cheney would be perfect. But she’s still in office, and it sounds like they’re feeling the pressure to add someone now.

  12. Ann says:

    I wish they would just get Ana Navarro. She’s awesome and she was most definitely a Republican, she just hated Trump. So what. Trump voting people are not going to watch that show anyway, because they’ll complain that their voices are being drowned out by the three other women.

    Big no to Ann Coulter! She’s ghastly.

    • Blanster says:

      Ana is wonderful but lives in Miami and reportedly doesn’t want to do the show full-time, which I can understand. They need to just bring her in on Thurs/Fri like they do now and call it a day.

  13. Stacy Dresden says:

    Much like a unicorn, you could spend eternity searching for an engaging, watchable female Republican

  14. Rea says:

    It’s ironic for a show that claims to be open minded the panelists are arranged 3 vs 1. Its not a fair fight & would get annoying to get bullied every day for your different beliefs. The show should give up and stop looking for their kicking post & instead focus on making the show better. It’s becoming annoying & ounwatchable with their repetitive formula.

    • DenTom says:

      The panel is unbalanced but at the same time, the show is too superficial to matter. Everytime McCain was asked to actually defend a position, she would cry about being outnumbered and it ended there.

  15. Mandy P. says:

    I am a longtime viewer of The View. I love the show and will watch until Joy Behar leaves, and maybe thereafter. Ana Navarro is fantastic and I would love it if she joined the cast but she lives and Miami and doesn’t want to move to NY full time. If Bari Weiss joined I would definitely stop watching – she’s just dreadful. I had to take a break from watching while Meghan was on because there were times I felt like I might have a heart attack.
    I really enjoy the revolving door of “conservative” women. Most of them have been great additions for a couple of shows and then it’s onto the next. I felt like Gretchen Carlson, Mia Love, and Tara Setmayer were all great additions to the show when they were on. Some of you can judge me all you want for loving this chaotic mess but y’all love your Housewives and Kardashians, and I forever love The View.

  16. DenTom says:

    ESH. What about interviewing journalists for the position?

  17. Kate S says:

    Trump daughter, whats-her-name – Ivanka, Ivana.

  18. Valerie says:

    That’s because level-headed Republicans no longer exist. Almost all of them are extremists, especially the ones in the public eye because they’ve been rewarded for foaming at the mouth. Whether or not they really believe in all that they say, they know that if they are outrageous and in your face and anti-everything, they can attract and keep a viewership that is just as angry as they are. That’s really all they care about.