John McCain: To Be (a maverick) or Not To Be

Posted on April 5, 2010

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The senior senator from Arizona seems to be suffering from some type of memory loss, or perhaps, wishful thinking.   From a recent Newsweek article:

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.” (emphasis mine)

Huh?  You have got to be kidding me.  McCain has championed himself as the Maverick. The one to take the lead and reach across the aisle to work with Democrats, often stepping on those in his own party to do so.  In addition to the issues of immigration reform (a.k.a. amnesty), cap and trade, and McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform (now ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court), McCain also had the “maverickiness” to oppose his own party on the Bush tax cuts, voting for TARP, voice his opposition to supposed “torture” of terrorist suspects,  and express his support in the closing of Gitmo in Cuba.

But now, with the conservative Tea Party movement polling higher in approval than the president, McCain finds himself in a heated fight for the senate seat he’s held for so long.  And, all those “mavericky” middle positions he took to bolster his image as one who would make a good president are now being put under the spotlight.  What they show is a senator who has reached across the aisle too often, ignoring the wishes of those who sent him to Washington in the first place.   In fact, in direct opposition to his own claims of representing the people of Arizona, a review of his positions shows that McCain has put his own interests first, trying to make a name for himself, and further his own career.  His representating the people of Arizona has come in second place.  His “mavericky” style has put him out in the spotlight, and now he needs to embrace it.

Senator McCain, you chose to be a maverick, please don’t forget that, because we voters never will.

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