We don’t take the whole old-guy-losing-his-marbles thing lightly, but we really think it might be time for Cindy McCain to buy one of those Velcro bracelets for herself and her husband so the senator doesn’t wander too far away and disappear.
We’re talking about a guy whose campaign bus was called the Straight Talk Express, a guy who somehow managed to befriend Joe Lieberdouche — and even some Democrats. We’re talking about the same John McCain who, if you google his name and “maverick,” produces 490,000 results. That same John “Walnuts” McCain is now locked in a tight primary race against wingnut former-Congressman J.D. Hayworth, and his opponent is running to his right…far to his right.
You’d think it’d be a great time to bust out the maverick card and talk about whatever the fuck it is he’s accomplished during 30 years in Congress, but instead we get this from an interview with Newsweek:
I never considered myself a maverick,” McCain said. “I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities.”
Whaaaa? As recently as last week, McCain’s ’08 running mate, and former half-term governor, Sarah Palin had this to say of Walnuts:
Send the maverick back to the United States Senate!” the ’08 vice presidential nominee, doing a little mavericking of her own in a leather jacket, told a couple thousand supporters at a local fair grounds.
There’s also this ’08 McCain ad in which the narrator refers to the candidate as “the original maverick.” Of course, since it’s a political, there’s also that really inconvenient language at the end that goes like this: “I’m John McCain, and I approve this message.”
So that’s weird!
Anyway, vote for John McCain! If he doesn’t win, who’s gonna stand on the Capitol steps and shake sticks at teenagers?
UPDATE: The folks at Talking Points Memo posted an amazing compilation video of John McCain calling himself a maverick probably a thousand times. It’s wonderful.