Even though talking about John McCain is more 2008 than telling people “I drink your milkshake,” this little tidbit is just too ridiculous to pass up.
Old “Crazy Train” McCain actually told a Newsweek reporter: “I never considered myself a maverick.”
This is like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suddenly saying “I’ve always been cool with Israel” or if George Bush came out and revealed that he actually can read.
Steve Benen over at Washington Monthly sums up the migraine-inducing hypocrisy of this statement:
“In 2008, McCain’s television ads described him as “the original maverick.” When McCain and Sarah Palin would routinely take different positions during their national campaign, aides insisted this was to be expected from ‘a couple of mavericks.’ A quick search of McCain’s Senate website turns up several dozen references to the senator being a ‘maverick’ — in some cases, press releases, instead of quoting McCain by name, would simply note, ‘The Maverick said…’ McCain’s website for his Senate campaign does the same thing, using ‘McCain’ and ‘Maverick’ interchangeably, as if they were practically the same word.”
Jeez. If John McCain is willing to distance himself from the maverick label, you’ve got to wonder what other startling revelations we might need to start preparing ourselves for…