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McCain: He’s no maverick in Obama’s book

August 7, 2008

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama thinks John McCain is losing his credibility as a maverick.
 
Sure, the Arizona Republican has sometimes refused to go along with his party. Sure, he has occasionally cussed out Senate colleagues. And, yes, rtr20ejs.jpgthe word “maverick” is regularly attached to his name in the media.
 
But that was before McCain became the Republican presidential candidate. Now, Obama says, he has started changing his positions to please the party.
 
“That doesn’t exactly meet my definition of a maverick,” the Democratic presidential candidate told supporters in Indiana this week.
 
“You can’t be a maverick when politically it’s working for you and not a maverick when it doesn’t work for you,” Obama said.
 
The Illinois senator began taking jabs at McCain’s maverick image after suffering a week of taunts and insults from the Arizona senator’s campaign. McCain’s aides ridiculed Obama as a celebrity and accused of him injecting race into the campaign.
 
With some polls showing McCain gaining ground and the two candidates in a virtual tie, Obama is fighting back with his own negative attacks.
 
He has rolled out speeches and an ad challenging McCain’s maverick image, ridiculing a recent TV spot that touted the Arizona senator as “the original maverick.”
 

“Really?” Obama’s ad questions before cutting to a 5-year-old clip of McCain saying he had voted to back President George W. Bush 90 percent of the time.
 
“Maverick, or just more of the same?” the ad asks as the image on screen expands to show McCain posed in a photo with Bush.
 
The Democratic National Committee rolled out its own ad saying much the same thing: “Maverick No More.”
 
Ridicule or not, McCain is embracing the maverick moniker.
 
“You may have noticed that I have been called a maverick,” he told an Ohio crowd Thursday. “Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment. Sometimes it’s meant as a criticism, sometimes worse.
 
“But what it really means is that I understand who I work for. I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for a president. I don’t work for a special interest and I don’t work for myself. I work for you and the country we love.”

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 Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (McCain greets a veteran in Maine July 21)

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I think the Senator is mainly interested in foreign policy with domestic issues being in such a distant second place that he lacks conviction and can even forget what his position has been on some of those issues. That makes it pretty easy to be a “maverick”, sometimes opposing not simply his party but his own prior position.

Posted by Craig Busse | Report as abusive
 

marverick…..right……the dude was born on a military reservation and basically has never left government service or the uncreative atmosphere of the reservation……he would not know how to survive outside the protection and security of the goverment…..he is an uncreative parisite sucking off the people…his host….give me a break…….

Posted by wm musson | Report as abusive
 

If Maverick means “jerk”, I guess McCain would qualify. However,
the dictionary definition of “maverick” is:
“An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.

adj. Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence:”

I don’t see John McCain under any of these definitions, although perhaps the Conservative Republicans would say he is a wayward calf that just been branded as one of them.

As McCain says, he has voted with George Bush 90% of the time. That’s not very independent. Bush surely is not a maverick.

McCain is basically a conservative western republican with a rigid, militaristic outlook wedded in the cold war. He has a couple enlightened positions, and at least a historical willingness to speak with people who he does not agree with in the legislative process.

Maverick no.

Posted by Bill P. | Report as abusive
 

‘Maverick’ that was a Ford model of the 70′s or 80′s as I remember. Maverick – 1. an unbranded animal, esp. a motherless calf 2. a person who takes a stand independent of others in a group. I see McCain’s point at wanting to be considered a ‘maverick’, but that would mean being different from the rank and file of Republicans. It was obvious in all of the primary debates that McCain held up totally the Republican-Bush policies. As we all know, it is Chuck Hagel in the Republican Party who is the maverick.

Posted by Carole H. | Report as abusive
 

Who is more bipartisan? Who is more of the same?
McCain voted with the Republicans (Bush does not actually vote) 90 percent of the time.
Obama voted with the Democrats 96 percent of the time.

http://strategicthought-charles77.blogsp ot.com/2008/09/obama-vs-mccain-who-is-re ally-more-of.html

 

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