John McCain was a maverick when it was cool to be a maverick
In the April 3rd edition of Newsweek, David Margolick writes:
Many of the GOP’s most faithful, the kind who vote in primaries despite 115-degree heat, tired long ago of McCain the Maverick, the man who had crossed the aisle to work with Democrats on issues like immigration reform, global warming, and restricting campaign contributions. “Maverick” is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. “I never considered myself a maverick,” he told me. “I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities.” Yet here was Palin, urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington.
Now John McCain finds himself if the fight of his political life and he runs from being a maverick. As much as I don’t like giving a voice to liberals even they’ve caught on.
If John McCain’s new persona is not a “maverick” that means that he is now selling himself as just another good ol boy in the Senate.
All this leads the average voter to ask, “Does anyone really know who John McCain is anymore?”