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John McCain: A maverick no more?

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Arizona Sen. John McCain is trying to shake loose the mantle of the maverick brand he shared with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008.

"I never considered myself a maverick," he told Newsweek. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."

Palin, the magazine reports, apparently didn't get the message, and urged "fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington" during a recent join appearance with the Republican officeholder at a fairground outside Tucson.

The maverick identity was an important part of McCain's campaign against then-Sen. Barack Obama.

"He's the original maverick," declared a summer 2008 ad campaign ad.

McCain also sought to leave his maverick reputation behind in 2007, while courting the GOP primary base, before once again running as an aisle-crossing one of a kind during the 2008 general election. The Obama campaign responded to McCain's "The Original Maverick" spot with an ad asking, "The original maverick? Or just more of the same?"

The question of whether McCain is a maverick or not also was addressed at length by the vice presidential contender Joe Biden during the 2008 Palin-Biden debate.

"He's been a maverick on some issues, but he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives," Biden said.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  April 5, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
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antidonkey - You're outta your friggin mind. John McCain flip-flops more than a flip-flop. He'll tell you whatever you want to hear to get that vote. Even our Vets hate him. He constantly votes against their needs. But when it comes to the elimination of corporate tax loopholes, or the manipulation of oil prices, he's all for it. John McCain is out for John McCain.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | April 11, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

McCain continues to work, continues to serve, continues to fight. As long as he works for us, I will vote for him. He has been so strong against Obama's control issues, we really cannot afford to lose him. He is the BEST candidate for the job.

Posted by: antidonkey | April 10, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

McCain continues to work, continues to serve, continues to fight. As long as he works for us, I will vote for him. He has been so strong against Obama's control issues, we really cannot afford to lose him. He is the BEST candidate for the job.

Posted by: antidonkey | April 10, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Labels, Labels, Labels. Is that all we are going to reduce McCain down into. After all the service he has given our country, we are going to judge him on whether or not he see’s himself as a maverick or not? He’s given so much to this country, but all people care about is a gaffe he made. Maybe if he made them hourly like Biden the media would lay off. He’s a true conservative, as shown by his recent endorsement by NFIB small business group. So get of your little anal high horse and realize that actions speak louder than words. Then ponder all the ridiculous things Hayworth has said.

Posted by: scottyruchak | April 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Maverick or not, it's a label. John McCain is who he remains to be, a man who leads to serve and has served.

Posted by: ClarkT | April 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a desperate,frustrated, senile,warmongering, liar, that needs to be retired.

Posted by: budsan1 | April 6, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Time for the State of AZ to drop you the same way you dropped your first wife Carol...

Posted by: jgmann | April 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the new Lieberman

Posted by: j2na4c702 | April 6, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has turned into the kind of politician that Americans have grown to hate. While one can admire a man for the military service he provided, you can certainly argue that McCain no longer resembles the man who fought in Vietnam.

McCain has served his time and it is most obvious that his desperation to get reelected is causing him to flip-flop all over the place. Equally disturbing is that his own constituents say he has failed them. Time to retire.....

Posted by: liberalwesterngirl | April 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I live is southeast Arizona and I say this: John, don't say you do what is best for the residents of Arizona. You and Kyl have not DONE ONE THING for the residents of Arizona, ever. By bringing Scott Brown (freshman newbie) and Hockeymommy Sarah Alaskan Governess quitter to convince us how wonderful you are for us Arizonans, you have offended us again.

Posted by: deadchief | April 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

So often our posts descend into the minutia and irrelevancies about who did and didn't do, who stole or didn't steal, etc.

But our government remains dysfunctional and unresponsive to the demands of Americans because IT CAN.

Only when we point out to RepubliKKKans and Democracks that we don't like what they're doing will they pay attention.

Not coming together to meet the needs of the people of this country, earmarking their way back into office and pandering to special interest groups to allow 30% credit card interest, deceptive mortgages, unreliable drugs and invasions of our pirvacy are actions which cross the aisle and the way every member of Congress works. No wonder we are held in such contempt.

Yet, only a few votes will change the outcome of almost every election every held.

So, please, when midterm voting is held, vote AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT YOU CAN. ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.

The politicians won't change. Let's change the politicians.

WORK AGAINST AND VOTE AGAINST THE RE-ELECTION OF EVERY INCUMBENT YOU CAN. IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

It's not just your guy, it's not just my guy. They're OUR guys and they deserve to be fired.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 6, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: JoeT1 | April 6, 2010 10:41 AM "

Yes Joe, only in America can forcing someone to buy a product against their will = helping them. Only in America is taking people's choices away a "good thing" and forcing all Americans to pay whatever Insurance companies ask for their product, or face jail time = standing up to corporations.

You know, if you forced me into a monopoly situation, then forced all of America to buy a product only I provided at whatever price I chose... I might not mock you as much.

Limit competition, force purchases, fine and jail people who don't buy their product... and claim you're helping the people against the corporations? HAHA ... you're serious?

Do me a favor, QUIT helping me. I can't afford all your "help".

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Posted by: 1014499063 | April 6, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey Palin, how's that "send two mavericks to Washington" thing workin' out for ya?

LOL McCain has hung you out to dry, moron.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 6, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

On the one hand, you have mainstream republicans, wandering in the wilderness after their failed "just say no" strategy on health reform resulted in a more liberal bill than if they had participated. Who can't even run against Democrats on fiscal responsibility or family values any more. Or figure out whether they love or hate Fox and the tea party.

On the other hand you have democrats. Only in American can someone (Rush) get rich doing something as easy as caricaturing the left, especially when you don't actually have to be consistent or get your facts straight. Only the democrats could do this bad a job being on the right side of health reform. Not that they should have anticipated republicans branding a republican health reform bill as socialism (it was essentially Nixon's, the Heritage Foundation's and Romney's plan, which Obama somehow assumed might attract one Republican vote)

And then there is the tea party. No party can control who joins it, but there's a reason the birthers, the tinfoil crowd, and the McVeigh types are members. They claim to be for the Constitution but have bizarre notions of what it means (and no idea what they mean, except that everything they oppose must be unconsititutional). To get their support, you have to be for torture, pointless or not, and probably for the death penalty for having an abortion (actually having an effective strategy for reducing the number of abortions performed is not only optional, it's probably prohibited). And you must be against amnesty, or anything like it, although you needn't have a coherent plan for taking more than 10 million people in to custody, let alone deporting them. No, all you need is to chant incoherent slogans with no conceivable relation to policy positions that you could even articulate. Palin is for attacking Wall Street bonuses, even though that means more government regulation, though being in the tea party means you're against that. see what I mean?

that's the mess we find ourselves in, and it will take a while to sort out. in the meantime, I'm depressed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 6, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It has to be galling for McCain to need Palin to get reelected. How's that senior politician leadership thing working out for ya?

Posted by: DrFish | April 6, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

No longer a "maverick"... It seems like "sellout" has now become his label of choice.

Posted by: tahphoto | April 6, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Whatever John McCain may have been in the past, (maverick, conservative opportunist, liar, flip flopper, out of touch candidate, the father of all things Palin, adulterer), he is now simply an old man fighting to keep his job because that is all that gives him relevance these days. He should retire and go quietly into that good night, to be forgotten. I would like to forget all the times I was embarrassed for this old gas bag who has no more principles than a slick purveyor of snake oil.

Finally inquiring minds want to know if John McCain knows at this point how many houses he has?

Posted by: robertmerry | April 6, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

There were hundreds of American servicemen imprisoned with John McCain. Many were tortured far worse than John and many were imprisoned far longer. Did we every hear
John praising or elevating these men in all the years he has been in the Senate?
John has made a career out of his prisoner of war status and many in America think he was the only one. We gave him a free education at the Naval Academy courtesy of his illustrious father and grandfather and poor undiscipline John, just peed it away.
Fifth from the bottom of his class in academics, garnered the most demerits for
bad behavior, crashed more than one airplane almost causing an international incident, leaves his wife who waited patiently for him when he was a POW, after she was severely injured in an accident and marries a wealthy young girl. Gets caught up in the Keating Five scandal and somehow, someone on high kept him out of jail.

John just once I would have liked to hear
you mention that you were not the only POW, just the only one who used that status for political gain.

Posted by: papafritz571 | April 6, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

John McCain leads by 15 points,TODAY.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

John McCain leads by 15 points,TODAY.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

April 5, 2010

"Reid also trails Republicans Danny Tarkanian and Sharron Angle in general election matchups, getting no more than 42% support. The numbers are just the latest in a long string of poor polling for Reid, who formally kicked off his campaign today."

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

April 5, 2010
realclearpolitics
"Reid also trails Republicans Danny Tarkanian and Sharron Angle in general election matchups, getting no more than 42% support. The numbers are just the latest in a long string of poor polling for Reid, who formally kicked off his campaign today."

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

McCain was never a maverick. He was a foul-tempered, not too bright, man. And now, he's even more foul-tempered and stupid because he's a sore loser.

The guy does not even have enough dignity to retire. He's just a nasty, old, fool.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | April 6, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Republican Meg Whitman for governor ahead of Democrat Gov. Brown in the polls.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

GRAYSON, PAUL RUNNING STRONG AGAINST DEMOCRATIC RIVALS.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Kentucky’s Republican primary six weeks away and GOP hopefuls for governor earn 50% or more of the vote in match-ups with Democratic rivals.

Democrats in the mid-30s face tough situation on health care front. Kentucky voters strongly support repeal.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 6, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Now living in AZ, I can't wait to vote AGAINST McShame. He is the poster boy for term limits in Congress.

Posted by: Utahreb | April 6, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

By the way..was or was not McCain a real war hero?
What really happened? I would like to know the facts for real here. I heard the movie was nothing but a work of fiction to deceive the public so he could run for president.

Posted by: mac7 | April 6, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

How about when he was a POW and he converted all those North Koreans to Christianity?

Yeah, but now he's just a sad, pandering, little, little man.

Posted by: mmax | April 5, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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For crying out loud! Get your facts straight, you dumbass.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | April 6, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The term "gasbag" fits him very well, as it does most politicians. What a bunch of dummies we are for electing these scum.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | April 6, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain is too erratic. He always appears to have no clue about anything and probably don't. Reading this guys real history is disheartening and you wonder how anyone vote him in year to year. Probably his wife's money and clout. It always stays with me how he teated those vietnam wives of missing husbands.
Unbelievably heartless.

Posted by: mac7 | April 6, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

One thing is certain; although not a candidate for anything, Sarah Palin has the lefties shaking in their boots and she is not even a candidate. Look at how many times her name is mentioned in the comments.

God bless John McCain, Saraha Palin and President Obama and vice President Biden.

Posted by: amos3_3 | April 6, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

If "maverick" means "cranky, self-absorbed old coot," then McCain is a maverick.

If not, he is simply a cranky, self-absorbed old coot.

He cannot be sent to retirement fast enough.

Posted by: jshaver001 | April 6, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I never thought McCain was ever a maverick -- just a sore loser. He was always opposed to anything the people he lost to were in favor of.

Posted by: taxpayer2 | April 6, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Good news, John: no one else ever considered you a maverick either. It's just a shame you'll spend the rest of your life trying to salavage your legacy over the lamest VP pick in American history.

Posted by: joneshn | April 6, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Since when McCain became a chameleon!! I won't be surprised if I hear Sarah saying she has never quited as a governor!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | April 6, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans (Reagan, Bush, Gingritch, McCain, Palin, George Will, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman, Demint, etc. etc. ) have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as regulate them from charging criminal level interest rates of 30%, or have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.

Which translated means:
1- You the People cannot do anything, since this is supposed to be the "Government of the People by the People for the People"
2- Pay about 40% of your income in Taxes and get almost nothing for your Taxes
3- Only the Rich & Big corporations "can do things... and are the solution...." IF we can brain wash you people to believe that the Government of the People cannot do anything... and thus the Con Job is complete.

Full article here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | April 5, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

A REpublican version of maverick means that a man ignores common sense and starts wars to profit from them and kisses the rich REpublican's butts hoping for a handout . I can do without mccain and palin's version of "maverick" !

Posted by: beenliedto | April 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear now,as this RINO Loser
Amnesty John McCain is no maverick,as a lot of Arizona Independent Voters like myself will tell,that McCain is a lying,two
face,sell out,illegal alien amnesty lover,
LARAZ panderer and sure as Hell does not speak for me or a lot Arizona people....

In fact,after sell out John McCain was the
prime co-sponosr of the Last Illegal Alien
Amnesty Bill in Congress,and that failed,
we renamed your "maverick" to Amnesty John McCain. Please Vote This RINO out in 2010!

Posted by: sandy5274 | April 5, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear now,as this RINO Loser
Amnesty John McCain is no maverick,as a lot of Arizona Independent Voters like myself will tell,that McCain is a lying,two
face,sell out,illegal alien amnesty lover,
LARAZ panderer and sure as Hell does not speak for me or a lot Arizona people....

In fact,after sell out John McCain was the
prime co-sponosr of the Last Illegal Alien
Amnesty Bill in Congress,and that failed,
we renamed your "maverick" to Amnesty John McCain. Please Vote This RINO out in 2010!

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Posted by: itkonlyyoull | April 5, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

He,s just the same old bomb bomb Iran guy with his air brained cheer leader Sarah once again by his side doing her little wink and jigle because john cant look cute for the crowds and he cant be man enough to speak for himself.Poor old John is going nowhere fast.you betcha.

Posted by: smorrow | April 5, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

This cat has lived out all its nine lives and should quietly slip out of the back-door into the deep wilderness which awaits.

It is so much more graceful to retire and to be totally silent and to watch like a mute spectator.

Let us have that new guy train himself as a first time Senator so that he does good for AZ.

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Posted by: maidishoes451 | April 5, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

How about when he was a POW and he converted all those North Koreans to Christianity?

Yeah, but now he's just a sad, pandering, little, little man.

Posted by: mmax | April 5, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Not a maverick and damn sure cant fly a jet.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | April 5, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

He was one person in 2000 elections and then he was another person in 2008 election, now he is something else..........................................John McCain is not even John McCain anymore.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 5, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

jdonner2 wrote:
McCain is a useless Rino and the Dems favorate at that. And he certainly doesn't serve many of the people of Arizona.
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Sir,
Your comments too generous for this fool. This RINO, like Lindsey Graham, wants amnesty for Illegals, Cap & Tax, tax health insurance and a few other items. For the past ten years, he's been the Senator from Arizona, not for Arizona.

I like the Arizonians like JD Hayworth and Sheriff Joe Arpiao. I hope JD wins and does send a message.

By the way, I voted for Sen. Fred Thompson, in the Virginia Primary, even after he bowed out, becuase at least he has backbone and no one messes with the Fred!. McCain wasn't presidential material and lived in a delusion that he could be POTUS.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | April 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye, John.

Posted by: tjhall1 | April 5, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain gets just what he brought to the party - Sarah Palin!

If Sarah Palin says he's a MAVERICK, then you betcha he's a MAVERICK, regardless of what he says.

And he can't distance himself from being a MAVERICK or SAHAH PALIN.

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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | April 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Surveys suggest 1/4 of Republicans think Obama is the anti-Christ. Primary elections suggested McCain was the anti-Bush.

McCain made a big mistake selecting Palin but Bush made a a bigger mistake letting Cheney select himself. We'll never know how bad Palin Could have been.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

He was never a Maverick, but has always been full of BULL!! Being a psychotic, camera hogging jerk does not make one a "maverick"

Posted by: PepperDr | April 5, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

He would have been a better President than Obama. Who is the worst president ever.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 8:37 PM
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Posted by: luridone | April 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

He would have been a better President than Obama. Who is the worst president ever.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, at this point, there's no longer anything maverick about branding yourself as a maverick. Last August it didn't sound as stale? http://blog.marketingdoctor.tv/2009/08/04/john-tantillos-brand-winner-and-loser-john-mccain-and-cash-for-clunkers.aspx

Posted by: elo8 | April 5, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Kennedy both made up that Amnesty Bill back in 2007. His poll numbers plummetted, how he ever got picked to run for GOP President is beyond me.
Even Bush signed on to this amnesty, and his poll numbers plunged.
John McCain can't be trusted on this issue.
The majority of Americans are against amnesty, just like the health deform bill.
Let the Dems try that before the Nov. elections...
and McCain votes yes, he is toast.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Kennedy both made up that Amnesty Bill back in 2007. His poll numbers plummetted, how he ever got picked to run for GOP President is beyond me.
Even Bush signed on to this amnesty, and his poll numbers plunged.
John McCain can't be trusted on this issue.
The majority of Americans are against amnesty, just like the health deform bill.
Let the Dems try that before the Nov. elections...
and McCain votes yes, he is toast.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

When was he a maverick? That was a ploy he used on the mainstream media to buy his act and they have been using that label to describe him ever since. I believe crotchety old man and senile might better apply.

The man is so craven he will use any ploy to keep his senate seat, including having Palin play to the hatemongers who rallied around both of them during the 2008 presidential election. Obviously, he is so far into senility or dementia to remember what a problem she was during his campaign.

Hopefully, he'll lose.

Posted by: missgrundy | April 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

fr opinion48:

>...He should have won. If only those Christians who voted for Obama had voted for McCain, McCain would have won. Those Christians who voted for abortion and same sex marriage, will answer to God.

1. I am a gay Christian woman who married my lovely wife in June 2008. OUR marriage is rock-solid and Christ-centered. Is YOURS?

2. Both my wife and I voted for PRESIDENT Obama, clearly the better candidate. We're VERY happy with his performance so far, and shudder to think of the possibilities of the ice queen getting into the Oval Office should McCain have been elected and become ill.

Posted by: Alex511 | April 5, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I think this about completes it.

Posted by: jralger | April 5, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain told the savy old lady that Obama was a good guy.

No one ever thought the Hidden History would get a pass.

It won't, because the new round will demand better.
Mc Cain failed this Country by not asking for open hidden history.

The little old lady was right.

Posted by: dottydo | April 5, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain, you can't run away from who you are and who Sarah Palin says you are. You a "maavrick", and you might as well get use to it.

Posted by: demtse | April 5, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse


McCain, you can't run away from who you are and who Sarah Palin says you are. You a "maavrick", and you might as well get use to it.

Posted by: demtse | April 5, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Arizona doesn't seem happy with his poor border policy and his own ego over the US Constitution. His poor show as an oathkeeper was to bend it for himself.
People didn't like it.
I don't think he is invited back for those two very bad grades.

Posted by: dottydo | April 5, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

This guy needs to retire, period. He should have never been the republican nod for president and he should have never chose sarah palin as his running mate. I hope he gets the boot this election...

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Posted by: HSB83 | April 5, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

like all repuglican politicians he tells you what you want to hear.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 5, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Interesting stance he's taking now. He wrote an autobiography entitled, "Worth the Fighting For: The Education of an American Maverick, and the Heroes Who Inspired Him." And he titled chapter 11 of that autobiography, "Maverick."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | April 5, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he's a maverick all right. All he had to do was pick Dr. Condoleezza Rice as VP and he would be president today. How's that mavericky thing working out for ya?

His state's full of mavericks... instead of encouraging PV solar panel installations to feed the grid and sell excess to the left coasties during the middle of the day when they could pretty-much charge whatever they wanted to for the power (to keep AC units from shutting down during brownouts), no... AZ enacts a 2-year moratorium on solar installations instead.

Sofa Are King, Wee Todd Ed. (yeah, I'm talking about you, Sarah... sue me.)

Posted by: Darr247 | April 5, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

He may say he's no maverick, but he certainly is a "LIAR"!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jamstolba | April 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

In McCain, we are seeing a complete breakdown -- on the hoof. The man is falling apart, and it is painful to watch. He's confused, very angry, bitter and full of hate. Sometimes, on TV, his smile is so forced it looks more like a grimace, and his eyes are plainly in panic.

I wonder why that wife of his doesn't demand that he retire gracefully or she'll cut off his money. Nothing can be worth what he is putting himself and his family through right now.

Posted by: Casey1 | April 5, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

jestindam - "the primary fight in florida between gov. crist & mark rubio has be hashed rehashed and discussed on national and local media, not one word about cong.kendrick meek the democrat who is shown in polls to beat rubio"

I live in Florida. What polls are you looking at? Meek is the weakest candidate the democrats could have put up. He hasn't a chance between Crist or Rubio.

As for John McCain being a maverick. He is a typical politician that says one thing and does another.

Posted by: info4 | April 5, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Time for McCain to retire to the ranch, the worthless sack of unprincipled @#%$ that he is. At least he had the grace to look uncomfortable while Sarah, in her zippered leathers, was screeching about mavericks in front of the cameras.

Posted by: opinionated4 | April 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Is he the Mavericky-Rogue-y Guy? Or the moose butcher's Daddy?

Posted by: nihao1 | April 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Forget all the BS, how come we have not heard of of democratic challenger in the arizona senate race. The media overplays what they see as the important participants in primaries and/or general elections. Case in point, the primary fight in florida between gov. crist & mark rubio has be hashed rehashed and discussed on national and local media, not one word about cong.kendrick meek the democrat who is shown in polls to beat rubio

Posted by: jestindam | April 5, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Speaking up against wrongs whether partisan or not; is not wrong but is actually an ethical and moral choice for doing right. John was one of the few who lobbied against lobbyists, who vehemently opposed pork barrel spending and went against his colleagues as much as for them. He crossed party lines when others did not dare. You don't change by mere words, when a person's moral character and integrity are intact; they remain otherwise they have given up or sold out. I don't see either in John's case. John remember your promises.

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | April 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or has Palins head swollen to Moose size proportions?

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"I never considered myself a maverick."

Wow. It would be one thing to for McCain to say that he's changed his position, or mellowed a bit with age, or otherwise indicate that he wasn't the maverick that he used to claim to be.

But this is simply pretending that something different happened than actually did.

Posted by: wizard2 | April 5, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was a maverick. I thought that was what he was saying all along. Of course, he definitely isn't now - he, like everyone else in the GOP, is totally committed to destroying Obama, even if the country suffers as well.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | April 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I am confused by the lack of understanding exhibited by most of your posters. John was a POW with a high ranking daddy that made him an ideal candidate for prisoner exchanges. If such wasn't the case, his cross would have graced Arlington. He was not as his handlers implied all too often a hero.

His choice of the Playgirl image displayed by Mrs. Palin was not a wise decision. She lack both political wisdom and the sense of history demanded of candidates for high
office.

John is a remnant of another of many foolish wars; the experiences gained in all do not invest the means to lead a nation.

End the silliness;dismiss Palin as a political anomaly and focus on those more able to solve our problems.

Posted by: jengexsuddenlinknet | April 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

So what I am hearing is "that Mavericky thing isn't working for me anymore"? And Palin, that master of exactly what was it, just isn't taking the cue? More evidence, as if we needed any, that Palin's a legitimate fool, and McCain was in error in selecting her. (now one more time)

Posted by: nihao1 | April 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

No, McCain is no maverick. He's just a desperate old man trying to hang onto his relevancy. It's time to stop all the blather and just get on with the business of retiring with what little dignity you have left, John.

Posted by: JenAZ | April 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

And besides, Sarah Palin never gets anybody's message. She's a wind-up toy that spouts her own brand of scripty mindless euphemisms.

Posted by: GaiasChild | April 5, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain authored a bill that attacks organic farmers and makes herbs and vitamins illegal in bill S3002.
Arizona wants a license to have a garden. Having bars on your own windows in Arizona gets you 10 years in prison, because the cops can't get in. You guys need a new leader.

Posted by: Fivel | April 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a friggin idiot who will do anything to get re-elected. He even dumped his first wife for a rich pretty trophy wife, and it's not out of the question that he was even dumping her for his running mate, Sarah Palin.

This country dodged a bullet by not electing this angry old hypocrite codger as President and the empty headed ditz he chose for his running mate.

John, go back home and yell at the kids "Get off my lawn!"

Posted by: pjs1965 | April 5, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I have been watching Sen. McCain fulminate on the Senate floor thanks to the wonders of C Span that he so lauds these days. He really acts like somebody moved his cheese. Somebody stole his presidency. He's damn mad and all his self-defined "bipartisanship" "working across the aisle" and "mavericking" now looks like a rant at the old folks home. Except most of those folks have a little modesty and candor.

Posted by: GaiasChild | April 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain a maverick? lol!

Does ignoring your constituents' interests on sealing the border and deporting those who've already sneaked in make you a maverick? Or are you and elitist and an authoritarian?

Does squandering public treasure on Wall Street bailouts in defiance of your constituents' pleas not to do so make you a maverick? Or are you just another shyster in bed with the greedy rich?

Will the fifth member of the Keating Five, who has never represented the interests of the People of Arizona, please step forward?

Posted by: GodBless1 | April 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Being that I follow the Constitution and libertarian minded candidates, I see more of the Republican infiltrators where my thoughts are posted. They try to convince us that our third party cannot work and is not good for the United States. They use the fear that it only allows more Democrats to get into office. They try to convince us that if the Republicans got in office, we’d return to the days of Reagan. They think we’re unpatriotic for wanting to promote someone with strong Constitutional and libertarian values. The more “they think and try”, the more their agenda is becoming more obvious. They’re aware that a third party can succeed and will disrupt the business as usual government mentality.

The Democrats and Republicans are scared and panicking.

A third party can work, especially this time around, because people are seeing single party politics in DC. At one time, the Republicans were a third party. Jesse Ventura’s (governor) victory in MN showed us that people are open to this idea. It’s a matter of standing united and to stop getting caught into the left/right paradigm conversations that they want us engaged in.

The whole Patriot Act, enacted by Republicans and Democrats, proved to me that both parties had complete contempt for Our Constitution. It didn’t protect our borders and imposed restrictions on the United States citizens, who didn’t do anything wrong. It was everything in the Omnibus Crime Bill that Clinton couldn’t get through, but amazingly, Bush was able to. There was no need for us to surrender our liberties, just because some horrid action occurred.

Remember how long the Patriot Act was and how quickly it was enacted? Remember that a document, which was that intrusive, only was given about an hour of debate? Remember this was all about fighting terrorism and catching the “bad guys”? They can do a better job of tracking a DVD through Wal-Mart than they can in finding one person with a whole armed forces looking for him? Is anyone still buying this line of crap?


Posted by: AJAX2 | April 5, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

No, McCain is no maverick. He's just a deserapte old man trying to hang onto his relevancy. It's time to stop all the talk and blather and just get on with the business of retiring with what little dignity you have left, John.

Posted by: JenAZ | April 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

One consistent label for McCain seems to be 'opportunist.'

Posted by: nlersch | April 5, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse


mccain calling himself a 'maverick' makes me think of an old gary larson Farside cartoon....

the lone ranger in his elderly years picks up a dictionary and learns what "kimosabee", the word tonto always called him, really meant. it meant 'horse's butt'.

:D

Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 5, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain, is there no limit to your shame?

Posted by: Whys | April 5, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

[mccain's presence with the moose sniffing lady is announced at the republican national primary - the crowds quiet in anticipation of what they know will be a most memorable speech - from behind the curtain appears senator mccain, looking quite dapper in his burlap bag suit stuffed with hay]

[mccain begins singing the song from the wizard of oz;]

"I could wile away the hours
Conferrin' with my powers
Consultin' with all insane..
And my butt I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were a-hatchin'
If I only had a brain...

I'd unravel any riddle
if i could go take a piddle
In a puddle or in spain"

[at that point, the moose sniffing lady dressed as a scrawny chicken kicks in....]

"With the thoughts you'd be thinkin'
I could be another Lincoln..
If you only had a brain"

[mccain knods at the scrawny chicken.. smiles, winks, and continues...]

"Oh, I would tell you why
The ocean's near the shore
I could think of things I never thunk before
And then I'd sit and think some more

I would not be just a nuffin'
A turkey full of stuffin'
My heart all full of grain
I would dance like a fairy
Life would be a dingle berry
If I only had a braaaaaaaaiiiiiiin!!!"

[THE CROWD GOES NUTS AS MCCAIN AND THE MOOSE SNIFFING LADY DRESSED AS A SCRAWNY CHICKEN TAKE BOWS]

clap clap clap clap clap clap clap
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Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

How many days was John McCain held POW before he made his first video denouncing America's war against communism?
A hint for those of you that weren't there, it was fewer that 7.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | April 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Everytimey I see something someone says funny about Mcain...I think of Joe Biden and laugh more.....What would be really funny to see those two debate.....

Posted by: Micholina1 | April 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong independent, I *would* have voted for John McCain on the GOP ticket in 2000. But, he caved to Karl Rove's machine when it ran him down and smeared him all over the political pavement. So, McCain is right! He's no maverick. That is not the behavior of a maverick. A maverick would have left his party and run as a third-party or independent candidate, on principle (go look that word up, Mr. McCain). He showed such a lack of backbone during that primary (s)election process that I could never trust him as Commander in Chief. And, like others here, I can never forgive him for turning Sarah Palin loose on the national scene. Please retire, Mr. McCain.

Posted by: richardesque1 | April 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

So now we have characters like Hayworth in AZ who is challenging McCain on, among, other things, McCain's opposition to "enhanced interrogation techniques", primarly waterboarding.

This is how wretched the Republican Party has become - an armchair warrior (a GOP suit) who never put on a uniform, chastising a former POW for being against torture. And this former right wing radio ranter (is there any other kind?)will probably win.

The original meaning of the phrase, "political correctness" goes back to the Stalin era in the Soviet Union, when party apparatchiks were reminded to be careful and not say or write anything that might indicate a deviance from the official Party dogma. The Republican ideology now mandates that you tow the Party line on torture and 1890's style laissez faire capitalism. What a disgusting group.


Posted by: dldbug | April 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

This is why a large segment of the right has never liked McCain. In 2000, he did little more than say what he needed to say to look different from Bush. From 2000 to 2006, he did and said whatever needed to court those who ended up handing Bush the nomination. From 2006 to 2008, he reinvented himself again as a "maverick," which was really just another way of excusing the fact that he has no solid principles. Now, the "maverick" label is turning sour, and so he denies ever embracing it.

Republicans could have done much better not handing McCain the nomination. He's little more than a feather blowing in circling winds.

Posted by: blert | April 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans (Reagan, Bush, Gingritch, McCain, Palin, George Will, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman, Demint, etc. etc. ) have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact not all Republicans are Lunatics, some of them are very very very smart actually. That is the Republican party is really composed of 2 distinct groups, well 3 groups if you include the paid agents of the 1st group:

1st group - The Super rich and Big corporations who want to make as much money as possible, damn be the American people or anyone else if that would reduce their ability to make $40Mill per year and fly in $50Mill private Jets, and this group controls the US Media to a 99% extent before the Internet and to a 95% extent after. For example nothing disgusts this group more than flying in a commercial flight, set aside God forbid fly in coach seat along with the lower classes that is the Middle class.

2nd group - Highly uneducated, untraveled, consumed by fear, consumed by anger, believers that Armageddon is coming and that in the ensuing world calamity which to their insane minds is good Jesus will take them to heaven in a Rapture, and other crazy's and "White Trash", who are easily brain washed by the lunatics of the right-wing Media to act against their own self interest and instead act for the interest of those groups that owns most of the US Media.

3rd group - The paid Agents of the 1st group working in the Media outlets that the 1st group owns, such as Talkradio (i.e., Limbaugh, Hannety, Beck, etc.), Fix news, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc. etc., whose job is to LIE and LIE to brain wash the 2nd group, the "White Trash" masses, that the "Government cannot do anything", "Government is the problem not the solution", which is the "Ultimate Con Job" to have them, have us, pay Taxes but ask and get nothing for our Taxes.

So the 1% of Republicans who control the Big corporations, Big Media, are very very smart, it is just that they are controlling with lies the uneducated masses (aka the White Trash that listens to Rush, Beck, Fix news, etc.) who are truly lunatics to fall for and in fact live these lies.

Much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | April 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Some even say that neither McCain nor Hayworth has a record of supporting tea party causes.

Shortly after Hayworth entered the race, four of Arizona's largest tea party groups issued a news release announcing they wouldn't endorse in the Senate primary. The tea party should be about ideas instead of candidates, leaders said.

And on the issues most important to tea partiers, "Both McCain and Hayworth's records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired," Tucson Tea Party co-founder Robert Mayer said in the statement.

Posted by: Micholina1 | April 5, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

This senile fake hero needs to retire, now!

Posted by: rappahanock | April 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a "Maverick" when talking to audiences he needs to "cross-over" and play the middle.

In Arizona it's mostly hard core Republicans, so it's not convenient and plays against McCain to be "Mavericky".

How many times to I have to say it?

Sarah Palin is a Bimbo.

She's cute, she's funny, she's a Bimbo.

Once again, like in the general election, McCain doesn't brief her, doesn't vet her, so what does she do but get up and make both McCain and herself look "Bimboie".


Posted by: lindalovejones | April 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain lost ALL Creditability when he went off the reservation and Chose the Alaskan DingBat Sarah Palin as his Running Mate.

That was a clear indication the man had lost touch with Reality, it's been down hill since that very day.

Sorry John they will miss you next year in the Senate.

Posted by: austininc4 | April 5, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I think everybody can agree on one thing. Anybody that actually voted for this old fool is either an idiot or clinically insane.

Posted by: wilder5121 | April 5, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Good luck shaking your fists at clouds, McCain - maybe they will get off of your lawn.

The 2000 McCain is a distant memory...like a principled conservative.

Posted by: LABC | April 5, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

In 2000, he was a man of principle. By 2008, he was a sell-out to chumps promoting idiots like Palin. Sadly, he will more likley be remembered as the latter because the "R" party has gone ultra, ultra right, and they now hate him. To the vast majority of the rest of us, he'll be the funny, old white-haired guy talking to the funny, old white-haired granny who said that President Obama was an "Arab". Isn't she the new poster girl for the Tea Baggers?

Posted by: pookiecat | April 5, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if this geezer is insightful enough to realize that the tea bagging movment fired up by his mavericky ice princess is what is going to cost him the primary, and then cost republicons the seat?

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I have no respect for this man. This "maverick" kissed the Right wing a__ in 2008 by selecting Palin for his running mate but they still detest and hate him. Your political future is in doubt in AZ and it serves you right for bringing Caribou Barbie to national prominence and foisting her on us. If you had had any character you would have left the GOP after you were smeared in the 2000 primaries by your fellow Repubs. President Obama gave you accolades you didn't deserve in his 2008 victory speech.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out of the Senate chamber next January.

Posted by: dldbug | April 5, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

mcklane a "maverick? You betcha! If by maverick you mean "toady who does whtever he is told." Or "unthinking twit who shoots off his mouth and does really stupid things." He is both of those. But a free thinker? He, nor his fellow maverick think about anything much.

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I think they'd better drag out Ronnie Reagan's drool bucket from cold storage. McCain is cooked, man. I thank the stars every day that he and Yosemite Sarah aren't the leaders of the free world. What a bullet we all dodged.

Posted by: lectricbass | April 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

To TheNewAmerica, that is a funny post. VERY GOOD!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | April 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain, senile and no longer effective for this country or Arizona. Nor are any Republicans. We need a real winner in Arizona, not what like the lawmakers we currently have. The Tea Party is a bunch of thug, followers not leaders.

Posted by: raddisontucson | April 5, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is still trying prove he could live for a president's term. America could not be fooled into electing this fool.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | April 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain has this oily insincere style of debating. He calls people "my friend" who he probably detests. Did you know there is a statue of him Hanoi by the lake? He was one of Vietcong's prize prisoners. He showed real courage then. After that it was all downhill.

Posted by: nerdbird | April 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse


mccain; "i never considered myself a maverick."

reporter; "yea, you did."

mccain; "i did?"

reporter; "all the time.

mccain; "cindy? did i call myself a maverick?"

cindy; "you used to call yourself a maverick.. an airplane.. the green avenger.. you've called yourself all kinds of things."

mccain; "wow. the green avenger, huh? i can see that. but an airplane?"

cindy; "remember how you used to pretend you were an airplane and run down the street flapping your arms making that funny noise?"

mccain; "i never did that."
a
reporter; "excuse me senator, but you did. we used to play the video of it at the newsroom for laughs when we got bored."

mccain; "wow. that's interesting. that makes me want some mashed potatos."

cindy; "but you just ate 10 minutes ago."

mccain; "i did?"

cindy; "yes."

mccain; "did i think it was good?"

cindy; "i don't know.. you kept making bubbles in them with a straw."

mccain; "well... presidents can do that."

cindy; "but you're not he president."

mccain; "i'm not?"

cindy; "no, you and that moose lady got beat."

mccain; "is she the one that can see russia from her house?"

cindy; "yes."

mccain; "i can see arizona from *my* house."

cindy; "you *live* in arizona."

mccain; "i do?"

cindy; "yes."

mccain; "i thought i lived in alaska."

cindy; "no, that is where the moose sniffing lady lives."

mccain; "can she see arizona from her house?"

cindy; "i don't think so."

mccain; "is it because she *can't*, or she *won't..."

cindy; "What?"

mccain; "i'm trying to diagnose her. i'm a psychiatrist."

cindy; "no you're not.."

mccain; "well.. then i'm an airplane!"

cindy; "oh no.. here we go again..."

mccain; "look at me... BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB.... I'M AN AIRPLANE!!!!"

reporter; "it looks like i better go... you have your hands full.."

cindy; "i'm very sorry.. i hate it when he does this."

reporter; "well, it could be worse.. he could have his finger on our nuclear bombs..."

mccain; "BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB..."

Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a typical Republican, not too bright, but exceedingly vicious. What else is new?

Posted by: arbuckle | April 5, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

eaglestrk01...Going Rogaine. clever!

Posted by: joy2 | April 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor John McCain. The Birthers, Wing-nuts, Ding-bats, and Teabaggers will be responsible for your eventual downfall.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor John McCain. The Birthers, Wing-nuts, Ding-bats, and Teabaggers will be responsible for your eventual downfall.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 5, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

JWx2 - Maybe you are right; a liberal would know how to spell "maverick" properly.

Is that part of the "nukulur" lexicon that the GOP learned from GWB?

Posted by: CriticallyAngry | April 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Is John McCain going 'rouge' or 'rogue' on this?

Posted by: bcause | April 5, 2010 4:41 PM |

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At his age he's probably going Rogaine instead.

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | April 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

A true Republican Maverick would just stick to one story. Seems the only real maverick left in the GOP is Ron Paul.

Posted by: CriticallyAngry | April 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Is John McCain going 'rouge' or 'rogue' on this?

Posted by: bcause | April 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the McCain from 2000, oh yes!, I know what happened, he was emasculated by Karl Rove's dirty campaign who put a moron in power.

McCain it is now just a shadow of his former self.

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | April 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Say goodnight, John, you doddering old fool.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

a lowlife liberal wouldn't know what a 'mavrick' was unless it was written on a block of government cheese wrapper.

Posted by: JWx2 | April 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain is senile and doesn't know who he is ...do us and the country a favor John..retire and stop making a fool of yourself.

Posted by: tom_walker | April 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain says "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."

Pardon me while I barf! As any Arizona old-timer knows: John McCain is only interested in the people of Arizona when it's time for them to vote for him.

We know him as a vindictive, ill-tempered, sore-loser, who got his ticket into politics through his father-in-law's money, influence and cronies (e.g., newspaper publisher/fake war-hero Duke Tully). The "maverick" persona came up after he had to crawl out from under the Keating scandal.

Posted by: joy2 | April 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Well honesty is one of McCain's strong points as he shoved the Maverick term for so long and even the Bimb Sarah Palin just used it on her campaign with McCain and now we are to believe that term was never used and isn't true. What else is John McCain lying about and did he use the RNC credit care for female entertainment too.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | April 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not a maverick he is a RINO, always has been abd will always bea RINO.The Conservatives in the Republican Party are in the process of weeding out the RINOS, with the help of the Tea Party Movement, and hopefully we can and will defeat McCain in Arizona and give the seat to a real Conservative who will do what is best for Arizona and not just what McCain thinks is right for him. We are tired of RINOS in the party and since it is spring, 'weeding' is the thing to do!

Posted by: cajun1 | April 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

He was for being a maverick before he was against it.

Posted by: Boston5 | April 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This is HILARIOUS!!

after all the bloviating with "Mavericky" Ms. Palin, he now denounces the term Maverick.

well isn't that special?!!

It's time for Mr. McCain to retire to his 7 houses.

Posted by: vigor | April 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Johnny, Johnny, put Cindy's stash back.
It's making you crazier, dude!

Posted by: sieghielinthaler | April 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Those Christians who voted for abortion and same sex marriage, will answer to God.

Posted by: opinion48
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Yes and pride is a sin, so I guess you will be answering to God too.

Posted by: xconservative | April 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

And to think that this old fool was almost president. He and Palin, the hee haw hooker, are the gift that keeps on giving - to the democrats.

How low he has sunk from when he served his country. He has no honor, no integrity and no dignity.

John - please go away (and take palin, the alaskan annie oakley with you).

Posted by: xconservative | April 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he'd just prefer to be called "Senator Snort."

(Note: For those of you of insufficient vintage, the original Senator Snort was depicted in the Letchy cartoon series "Grin and Bear It." Letchy retired in the seventies. Snort was a fat, string-tie wearing, gesticulating old gasbag and author of the book "Playing with Blocs." McCain has come to fit the bill nicely.]

Posted by: jasm917 | April 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

First he was a maverick, then he wasn't? Then he was, then he wasn't?

Reminds me of 1984 -- "We're at war with Eurasia, we've always been at war with Eurasia, Eastasia is our strongest ally," until they announce that it is really Eastasia we're at war with, the eveyrone agrees we've always been at war with Eastasia.

Funny thing is, as limited as memory seems to be in this nation, it just might work for real, too.

Posted by: summicron1 | April 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Maverick or not, I'm just glad he postponed his presidential campaign to get to Washington and straighten out the financial mess. For a second or two I thought we really might be in some trouble.

Posted by: bretb | April 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I voted for him for the presidency. I was very disappointed that he didn't win. He should have won. If only those Christians who voted for Obama had voted for McCain, McCain would have won. Those Christians who voted for abortion and same sex marriage, will answer to God

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Who are you, Elijah the prophet? Don't presume to know what God thinks. If you voted for GW Bush, you could answer to God for all the people killed in the unnecessary invasion of Iraq.

Posted by: maggots | April 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If it weren't for McCain's steadfast leadership and ability to stand for the things he believes in, the world for which we know would be a world where its sole-superpower would be one of diminished standing, threatening the greater global order. No, McCain's ability to lead is the quality for which he possesses, Maverick or not, he is an asset to this nation's future standing and its current endeavors.

Posted by: ClarkT | April 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

___________________

Oh come on

McCain is flip flopping so much it looks like he is having SEIZURES. (or maybe he is and we can't tell)

Posted by: racerdoc | April 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Which way is the wind blowing?

Posted by: samantha3 | April 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

In the appropriate words and sounds of the wonderful CHRIS MATTHEWS

(you need the sound effects)

HA (snide snicker snicker, laugh, snicker)

(This is one RETHUG who I would not mind paying him extra MEDICARE to go away....)
his dementia makes REAGAN look brilliant.

Posted by: racerdoc | April 5, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"...has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives." Biden’s perspective is unparalleled with falsehood. What about the 30 million Iraqis that now through much hardship see the light at the end of the tunnel who just four weeks ago participated in unprecedented elections with a 62% voter turn-out? I'm convinced by mere fact that McCain's support for the surge in Iraq saved thousands of lives and prevented a full out, Iraqi implosion which would have, if left up to Biden or Obama, left the United State's credibility and standing in the world in jeopardy. If it weren't for McCain's steadfast leadership and ability to stand for the things he believes in, the world for which we know would be a world where its sole-superpower would be one of diminished standing, threatening the greater global order. No, McCain's ability to lead is the quality for which he possesses, Maverick or not, he is an asset to this nation's future standing and its current endeavors.

Posted by: ClarkT | April 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain is finally telling the truth when he states that he was never a maverick. McCain made noises like a maverick, but never really deviated from the party line.

I was certainly fooled when I voted for him in 2000 in the New York primary. I should have listened to my mother.

Posted by: maggots | April 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I voted for him for the presidency. I was very disappointed that he didn't win. He should have won. If only those Christians who voted for Obama had voted for McCain, McCain would have won. Those Christians who voted for abortion and same sex marriage, will answer to God.

Posted by: opinion48

Every member of Congress votes for abortion every time they vote for aid for Israel. Israel has elective abortion in a national health care system.

If you have a so called pro-life member of Congress drop him/her an e-mail and ask them why they support aborting Jews.

If nothing else, wouldn't it be great fun to see how they word the reply?

But don't be surprised if it elaborates on the Canadian soft lumber tariff as the point of your question.

Posted by: James10 | April 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I am thinking a maverick goes against the grain doing something different then if he was flowing with society's grain.

John McCain is right. He is with the flow. He went to school at government expense, flew, and destroyed aircraft US taxpayers payed for.

So far from what I read he did nothing special while POW. Sitting in a foreign prisoner camp is nothing special or maverick other then the isolation, and at times beatings. But he suffered no more then those fellow American prisoners surrounding him.

I am sure he knew he was worth more alive then dead to the Vietnamese. Not so of his fellow prisoners. If they died they would be forgotten, and be just a statistic of war Again not so with John McCain. I am sure if he died doing nothing more might receive the Medal of Honor.

Being a prisoner of war in itself guaranteed a good job with a defense industry company, that is if you were a pilot with a prestigious Annapolis Navy Academy degree.

He certainly was better off then a drafted US Army soldier with a degree from Arizona state, and veteran of Hamburger Hill's fighting in the Vietnam war.

He was never caught breaking rules like Randy Duke Cunningham another US Navy hero. Cunningham broke, caught, tried and now is in prison. Cunningham was a major congressional player convicted of influence peddling.

My mother always said look at someones friends and you can tell about the person.
If you want to know John McCain look at his friends. Then ask yourself if he is a maverick.

No if he was a maverick at all it is his creativity at peddling his congressional influence without getting caught. John Murtha was not the only man in congress upgrading his and his friends prestige and bank account.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | April 5, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

EMBARRASSING.

Posted by: hoos3014 | April 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

And as usual, the toadies in the mainstream media accept McCain's words as gospel, and do not call him out on this outrageous flip-flop. McCain is, and has always been, an angry old man, and deserves the nation's scorn for his lies, flip flops and above all, for Palin.

Posted by: pblotto | April 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a useless Rino and the Dems favorate at that. And he certainly doesn't serve many of the people of Arizona.

Posted by: jdonner2 | April 5, 2010 3:29 PM
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McCain is a typical Republican who will say and do anything he can in order to remain in power. It is not about helping the people of Arizona, it is all about staying in power. What has John McCain done for Arizona lately? In fact, what has John McCain done for the people of this country LATELY?

Quite frankly, I think he is having some Dementia setting in and perhaps it is time for him to retire and vacation in one of those many homes he and his wife own.

Posted by: catmomtx | April 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

... I'm sorry but when I see McCain... I compare him to Senator Liberman... individuals who should have retired long ago but allow their PRIDE to prolong their FALL and USELESSNESS... you would think that these old men had real friends...

Posted by: America1st1 | April 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately for McCain is that he will forever be known the act of unloosing Sarah Palin on the consciousness of this country. We are all the poorer and more disheartened for it.

Posted by: swiftsmail | April 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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But also will Dems now crowing about the hapless McCain realize in time that Hayworth makes Glenn Beck look like Lenin?

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Do whatever is necessary to keep Hayworth out of Congress.

However, I can never forgive McCain for unleasing the MORON Palin on the American public.

I never left when GWB was in office although I investigated it many times.

Should this blithering idiot ever reach high office, anyone with a brain would have to leave because their heads would explode, having to listen to the stupidity that falls out of her mouth as soon as she opens it.

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Posted by: DickeyFuller | April 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We see now what a disaster McCain would have been in the presidency. His quick trigger would have had us in 2 more wars, with Iran and Russia (on behalf of Georgia). He now claims he had no idea what TARP was when he voted yes. And he's backtracked on so many issues in the face of tea party anger. Now, it's hard for anyone to know what he stands for.

Yes, McCain was a war hero, but that was over 40 years ago. His record lately is more relevant, and sadly, an utter failure. He should retire gracefully, along with his friend Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: Pupster | April 5, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic old man. He makes Arlen Specter look like the picture of conviction.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | April 5, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I voted for him for the presidency. I was very disappointed that he didn't win. He should have won. If only those Christians who voted for Obama had voted for McCain, McCain would have won. Those Christians who voted for abortion and same sex marriage, will answer to God.

Posted by: opinion48 | April 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Talk about ending a career on a low note...

Posted by: kevnet | April 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I am not now, nor have I ever been sentient either." -John McCain

Posted by: therev1 | April 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I never considered myself a maverick."

Wow, that has to be the motherload of all bullcrap. I guess all those campaign banners that read "MAVERICK" were just a figment of our imaginations then.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | April 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

To me Mr. McCain is and always will be an AMERICAN HERO and a true American. I'll vote for him anytime.

Posted by: opinion48 | April 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

America and the world is that much dumber just from listening to him and Palin.

The 2 best things about McCain is his face.

Posted by: Dedhed | April 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A 'maverick' no more. . . What a sad way to end a career that some might have called distinguished. Somebody should have clued in Sarah, who's still using last year's buzzwords. McCain needs to realize that his party has turned away from him. He might as well be a Democrat these days.

Posted by: DaveHarris | April 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Just the latest thing that McCain "forgot."

Posted by: pcstorandt | April 5, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye, McCain.

Posted by: tjhall1 | April 5, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Will anyone tell McCain that his time is up before he gets pounded by J. D. Hayworth?

But also will Dems now crowing about the hapless McCain realize in time that Hayworth makes Glenn Beck look like Lenin?

Posted by: CallMeLiberal | April 5, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin didn't get the memo? Hard to believe...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 5, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What is so sad is that McCain, who couldn't be broken by the North Vietnamese under torture, folded his principles like a cheap suit in order to hold onto the Republican base.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | April 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain's time has come and gone. His stance on illegal immigration, in particular, shows just how willing he is to allow his country to be invaded from illegal aliens crossing the border in his very own state! And he wants to give these millions of aliens citizenship as a reward for breaking our laws in the first place?

What a doddering old fool he's become.

Posted by: doom_of_cthulhu | April 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I can't forgive him for turning Palin loose on America.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain stayed in office too long. People saw what a dimbulb he was, how incoherent he was when new events came up during the campaign.
Voters in Arizona are right to question a man who has evolved into a Senator for Life with no loyalties but to his ever-shifting "personal views".
He may get through Hayward, since that guy is also less than the cream of the crop, unless you could high standing on the list of earmarking buffoons formerly of Congress before getting tossed by AZ voters. But victory or not, McCain is damaged goods and yesterday's news..

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | April 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an absolute chamelion. He'll do anything (choose Palin) and say anything to get elected.

Posted by: Richard18 | April 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Within two years he will go from former Presidential candidate to former Senator.

Posted by: whocares666 | April 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Gee, a politician trying to reinvent his past to serve his immediate goals. What a surprise! However, you'd think he would learn that these modern recording devices like audio and video recording on cell phones do record for posterity his every statement.

Make no mistake, McCain doesn't serve the people of Arizona. He only serves himself.

Posted by: warren5 | April 5, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I would greatly appreciate it if this brain dead old fool would just go away. JUST GO AWAY, PLEASE!!!!

Posted by: banewman1 | April 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a useless Rino and the Dems favorate at that. And he certainly doesn't serve many of the people of Arizona.

Posted by: jdonner2 | April 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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