What happened to Maverick McCain?

Personally, I think it has something to do with older politicians. They just don’t recognize that the field has changed. In the late 1980s and early 1990s you could say one thing on Monday and say a completely different thing on Friday and almost nobody would pay attention. For that matter, once Walter Cronkite stepped down, it seemed like America lost its memory. We can’t remember squat. Politicians took advantage of our collective memory deficit disorder. John McCain was one of those politicians. Now, we have the Internet, blogs and the Rachel Maddow Show.

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How can John McCain say he doesn’t consider himself a maverick? That was his campaign slogan. More correctly, that was his campaign image. This is the same image that he crafted for the 2000 campaign. In spite of the fact that we really can’t find much evidence that McCain bucks the party line, he has run multiple campaigns on the idea that he is an independent voice in the Senate; conservative, yet independent. I guess somebody has come up with some polling which has suggested that his “maverickiness” may be holding him back. Wouldn’t this technically be called a flip-flop? I think I have a new campaign slogan for John McCain — the anti-maverick. I like it.

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  1. He said he wouldn't work with the Democrats for the rest of the year on anything when Obama signed the Healthcare bill. Then 2 days later on the talk shows he said he was willing to sit down with Democrats to work towards bettering the country… He just is stating what people want to hear at the moment. Then changes his statement saying he really didn't mean what he just said…. Then why say it.

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