If I asked you to think of three words or phrases that pop to mind when you hear the name John McCain, there's about a 92 percent chance that at least one of them would be "maverick," am I right? (I'd give "war hero" a 77 percent and "major disappointment" a respectable 14 percent.)
That said, it now seems, is attempting to distance himself from that one word that he has spent decades embracing. Do you know why? Because real mavericks don't call themselves mavericks. They call themselves pretty much anything which will get them re-elected…
[F]or his three decades in Congress, McCain hadn't gone with the flow enough, at least not enough to satisfy many Arizona Republicans. Why else would his rival, former congressman J.D. Hayworth, be billing himself as "the consistent conservative"?
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."
Seriously, though, I wonder how did people ever start associating the word "maverick" with John McCain in the first place?
Hmmmm… I wonder…
Tags: Arizona, JD Hayworth, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Senate