Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainComedian Norm Macdonald dies following battle with cancer: report Meghan McCain joins Daily Mail as columnist 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements MORE is departing ABC's "The View" after four tumultuous years of doing what could arguably be the toughest punditry job around. Being the token conservative on the show has never been an easy task, and the condescending, disrespectful verbal abuse McCain endured, particularly from co-host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria Behar'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Meghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear MORE, makes one wonder why she put up with it for so long.
That's not to say McCain sat back and took it. Even Behar called McCain a "formidable opponent" and "not a snowflake" upon the announcement that the daughter of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE (R-Ariz.) was leaving the show.
The View Co-Hosts React to Meghan McCain's Exit: 'You Were a Formidable Opponent,' Says Joy Behar https://t.co/7xSeY3kjAU— People (@people) July 1, 2021
Regardless of one's opinion of "The View" — which often could be as insufferable as it was unwatchable with its pious screeds, especially from Behar and co-host Sunny HostinSunny Hostin'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Mary Trump: My uncle 'revealed the Republican Party to be what it is' MORE — the show generated daily headlines and major buzz on social media. And most of them involved confrontations between Behar and McCain.
One idea being floated in the Twittersphere is to replace McCain with Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroCuba fallout threatens Biden's prospects in Florida Don Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Here's the strong, unapologetic conservative to replace Meghan McCain MORE, the CNN commentator and "The View" fill-in co-host who endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE for president, called on Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Why isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? MORE to step aside and is basically indistinguishable from any Democratic pundit on the network.
So, no, the show doesn't need another Nicolle Wallace or any faux conservative who would simply nod and agree with Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Meghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear MORE, Behar and Hostin.
For the headlines and buzz to continue, the program needs a conservative who knows how to debate, isn't afraid to do it and is unapologetic for her perspectives.
Enter Candace Owens, New York Times bestselling author, founder of the Blexit Foundation and creator of the slogan, "Black people don’t have to be Democrats — still," who boasts more than 2.7 million followers on Twitter. Like McCain, Owens isn't afraid to speak her mind or defend her opinions.
“Juneteenth is soooo lame. Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation," she recently opined. "I’ll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only. I’m American."
Juneteenth is soooo lame.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 17, 2021
Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation.
I’ll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only.
"We’ve gone from celebrating the unifying vision of Martin Luther King Jr. to enshrining the criminal behavior of George Floyd."
"If you’re looking for institutional racism, it exists within critical race theory. Ban it. At every level. It is the new Jim Crow," she said of critical race theory being taught in some U.S. schools.
“Let's stop calling it a border crisis ... this is a border plan. This is what the Democrats want to happen. They see [migrants] as their next victim voters," she said regarding the U.S.-Mexico border catastrophe that isn't getting any better.
Now, you can agree or disagree with such statements. But they very much go against the grain, particularly on the set of "The View" — and would therefore make for some explosive discussions.
Owens does a weekly program on Ben Shapiro's "The Daily Wire," but otherwise is essentially a free agent. Despite being in the public spotlight for what feels like a long time, she's only 32 years old and would bring the same youthful energy to a show where the other co-hosts are 52, 65 and 78.
Some free advice to ABC: Hire Candace Owens.
Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.