I bet he’ll insist he’s not really Captain Underpants either!

From the Washington Wire at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:

Sen. John McCain, who was mocked for saying recently that he never considered himself a maverick, when he had repeatedly said just that, sort of took it back on Sunday.

“What I was saying was that I have considered myself a person who is a fighter,” McCain told “Fox News Sunday.” “I wouldn’t be around today if I wasn’t a fighter. I fight for the things that I believe in, and sometimes that’s called a maverick. Sometimes that’s called a partisan. And people can draw their own conclusions.”

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McCain (R., Ariz.), the Republican Party’s standard-bearer in the 2008 presidential election, is facing a stiff Republican primary challenge from the right this summer by former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

“But are you running away from the maverick title because somehow it indicates that maybe you’re not a true-blue conservative?” asked host Chris Wallace.

“No, of course not,” McCain said.

Just for fun, from the Washington Wire at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (April 5, 2010):

“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.”

The statement is stunning on many levels, not least of which because the maverick persona was hammered by the McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 campaign and long-cultivated by the senator and his supporters years before his presidential bid.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apparently didn’t get the maverick memo when she campaigned as recently as March 26 for McCain’s Senate re-election bid. “Send the maverick back to the United States Senate,” Palin declared.


–Palin did her part in pushing the maverick line in the 2008 campaign, where she regularly referred to both her and McCain as mavericks. “Now John McCain, with a track record of proving he’s not just a patriot in the Senate, he’s known as the maverick,” she said during a Nov. 2008 campaign stop in Ocala, Fla.

–In the lone vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden, Palin said the word “maverick” no fewer than 15 times.

–“We’re both mavericks!” McCain said of himself and Palin during an October 2008 campaign stop.

–On NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” McCain poked fun of his maverick persona just days before the election in a skit where he names various campaign strategies.


–In another memorable TV appearance on “The View,” McCain took issue with a suggestion that he’d lost his maverick mojo. “You used to be sort of the maverick,” co-host Joy Behar said. “Then you sort of turned.” “In what way?” McCain asked. “You sort of became more in lockstep,” Behar responded, to which McCain retorted: “I’m the same person as I always was.”

–“If you want real reform and you want change, send a team of mavericks,” McCain said at a September 2008 campaign appearance.

–McCain in his 2008 GOP Convention speech: “You know, I’ve been called a maverick; someone who marches to the beat of his own drum.[…”]


–McCain also used the maverick persona in campaign ads. In an August 2008 ad, “Debra,” the woman in the ad touts McCain’s maverick reputation. “I respect [McCain’s] maverick and independent streak, and now he’s the one with the experience and judgment. A lot of Democrats will vote for McCain. It’s okay, really!” Another campaign ad, “Broken,” touted McCain as “the original maverick.”

I wonder if he wrote about that in his book, McCain: The Myth of a Maverick


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29 responses to “I bet he’ll insist he’s not really Captain Underpants either!

  1. MNLatteLiberal

    I dunno, nonnie, I kinda saw it as a Brokeback Maverick cover. You know, John and Sarah in cowboy hats, etc.. Come to think of it, it’d made a nice poster for when the latter came to visit Bachmann , esp. considering Bachmann’s homophobia.

    On a happier note, I feel every time John makes a news splash, it ought to be followed by a disclaimer: “…yes, he is a hero, but how can we trust this man’s judgment, especially after a couple of bonehead picks like Phil Gramm for economy advice and Sarah Palin for…well, whatever she was for.”

    ~ Latte

    • hi latte! 🙂

      dickipedia is hilarious! 😆

      i can’t stand capt underpants, but i’m glad when he keeps showing up on the sunday shows. he sounds like an old bitter man, and it’s a constant reminder of whom the goopers picked as their leader in 2008. let him be the symbol of the party. how many people look to him for inspiration? what an embarrassment to him that he has to fight for his senate seat after being the presidential candidate. an ignominious end for a nasty selfish bastard. he’ll probably win back his senate seat, but he’ll be a laughingstock in the history books.

      (p.s. i fixed the link in your original comment and deleted the duplicate.)

      • writechic

        Your picture tells it all, Nonnie. Nice work. I like his fancy pants, too. 😀

        • i bet cindy lou bought those pants for him. or maybe his daughter, little meggie. yeah, it was probably little meggie. once cindy lou realized she wasn’t going to be first lady, she stopped even pretending to be nice to the old geezer.

    • writechic

      Ahhh…that half-term governor. She’s a gift that’ll keep on giving.

  2. Lying sack of *bleep*! I’m now three times as sorry as I was before 2008 that I ever voted for him in 2000.

    Hunter had a great rant about this quote over on the Big Orange. I highly recommend it.


    • writechic

      He wasn’t this bad in 2000. Not this bad. (I voted for Gore). I lived in Arizona though. I think the smear campaign Bush/Rove used on him, made McCain embrace his baser tendencies.

      • i think he’s a nasty selfish person, and the chimpy/rove smear campaign brought it out in him. look at how kerry was smeared. he rose above it. he didn’t become a sniveling nasty person like capt underpants has.

    • you voted for him? 😯 well, you turned out okay, so i forgive you. i read part of hunter’s rant earlier. i’ll have to go back and finish it.

  3. I liked the bit on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” the NPR quiz show.

    They said that he’d also denied all sorts of other things, including “being really old.”

    McCain and Palin should go on tour with their comedy act. Maybe they could get the Tea Party Express folks to do that rockin’ song of theirs as an opening act.

  4. I remember the old Maverick TV show. James Garner, the good maverick. Jack Kelly, the not as good maverick. John McCain. Wasn’t he Zeppo Maverick?

  5. Excuse my spelling k+k+k (KKK?) My best friend took me out to TMS today and I’m recovering from breathing 800 miles worth of 100 octane fumes. #71 Goodhair.gov never got higher than 30th. My guy came in 3rd (cup) and won the 300 miler. It is a good day to be alive.

    • no worries, jerry. i fixed it before i even read your second comment. i do that sometimes. 😉

      i vaguely remember the maverick tv show. the only reason i remember it at all is because i love james garner. he was the first sarcastic cowboy.

      tms? help me out. some kind of car race?

      • Thanks Nonnie, you’re such a dear one to help a fellow raisin not appear to be dum (sic). Well you see TMS is an unfortunate medical conditions affecting mainly men (manly men?) around these parts. It strikes twice a year, in spring and another outbreak in November with a compulsive desire to see 800 horsepower cars with straight pipes go around in a mile and a half tri-oval for 500 miles with the winner getting a cowboy hat and pair or six-shooters. I’ve been to NFL games and a few MLB games but this place is like stepping into the Roman Coliseum, you are just taken with the spectacle. The aroma after 200 laps is heady and the sound, even with earplugs, is unbelievable! Yea, its a kind of car race. PS Sarcastic cowboy king would have to be Paladin. After he tracks you down he explains in detail all your failings in that snarky way of his, then he kills you.

        • i always have the backs of my raisinettes. i can understand the need for all those ED meds when you have to keep all those pipes straight.

          i remember watching paladin, but i’ll be damned if i could tell you anything about the show other than what richard boone looked like.

  6. Gawd! They slathered on the mavericky label in the presidential run up, ad nauseum.
    For him to now say otherwise is just pathetic.

    • exactly. so let him keep talking and being pathetic. he’s the de facto leader of the goopers. let him make all of them look as pathetic and old and bitter as he does.

      • He’s toned it down, he’s no longer a Maverick- now he’s just “ick”.
        McBitter was the one who announced “there will be no cooperation (from the GOP) for the rest of the year” (mad about health care reform).
        Keep in mind we are paying him $174,000 a year whether he cooperates or not. That’s a real slap in the face to his constituents- this closed door, closed mind attitude. If your goal is to not cooperate, nothing will get done.

        I get the impression the old coot would never retire by choice, the voters will need to retire him.

        • for someone who wanted to be the leader of the country, he sure kowtows to yertle mcconnell. maybe the rethugs should change from the party of no to the party of temper tantrums.

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  8. He can call himself a maverick, a mohawk, a meat patty or a malted milkball, but he’s still an irrelevant old mule to me.
    Losing the presidential election should have given him a hint. Now it might take him losing the Senate race for it to dawn on him that he’s all played out.

  9. Joanaroo

    I loved Richard Boone as Paladin and James Garner as Bret Maverick, but can’t remember the theme song, since I haven’t seen it for a while. Just watched Have Gun Will Travel yesterday on Encore Western. If you don’t mind lyrical license: Maverick McCain reads the card of a man. While Princess Palin reads her speech off her hand. Maverick McCain where will you roam? Are you gonna join that floozy at a Tea Party in Nome. Maverick McCain, Princess’ voice causes me ear pain. Where do your faults end? A man named Maverick McCain. Maverick McCain where will you roam?

    • brava, joanaroo. know what’s funny? almost as soon as i commented that i haven’t seen paladin in ages, i was channel-surfing, and i caught the credits of paladin on the encore western channel. i wasn’t looking for it, and i was surprised 😯 to see it.