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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

“The Making (And Remaking) of McCain”

posted by on October 22 at 12:55 PM


Sunday comes early with the New York Times’ web publication of the Sunday magazine’s cover story, “The Making (and Remaking and Remaking) of the Candidate.”

It’s long and thick and worth it, revealing insider details on shit we’ve all been scratching our heads over for months, from the nonsensical invention of the “Team of Mavericks” to the terrifying mystery that is Sarah Palin.

Here’s a sample quote, from one of McCain’s advisers to the NYT:

“John can be really resistant. He’s always worried about being put in a box. He’s got a very sensitive nerve about it. A lot of times I would hear him say: ‘Don’t control me. This is my campaign.’ But I think Steve [Schmidt, McCain’s chief campaign strategist] has convinced him that we’ve got to do this if we’re going to win.”

Sarah Palin will live on as an eternal joke, but John McCain is a tragedy.

(Thanks for the heads-up, Gawker.)

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I don't think he's tragic. I think he's a scumbag and a fraud. I think this IS the real McCain we're seeing now. Any notion that he might have principles of any kind disappeared the day he caved on torture -- of all people, he should know how evil that was.

Posted by Fnarf | October 22, 2008 12:59 PM

You gotta admit that McCain is at least funny to listen to:

Posted by stinkbug | October 22, 2008 1:03 PM

One bit at the end, where the author asks the campaign manager if he/she actually [i]knew[/i] what Palin's level of understanding of current events was crushed me. They admitted NOT knowing.

Posted by STJA | October 22, 2008 1:03 PM

@3: yeah that was one bit that caught my attention too. They knew she had no experience, but weren't even sure that she actually knew anything.

Posted by gnossos | October 22, 2008 1:31 PM

The Rolling Stone piece was obviously biased (although I enjoyed it immensely), but it still proved beyond all doubt that John McCain is and always has been an entitled, spoiled brat. Other people, such as the voters and Obama himself, are denying McCain something he's always wanted. McCain's campaign at this point is one big temper tantrum. The problem is that his tantrum is stoking the hate and craziness of the worst elements of our society. McCain knows it and he doesn't give a shit.

In short, Fnarf is right.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 22, 2008 1:52 PM

Of course he doesn't want to be put in a box, he was in one for 5 years. Ba dum dum.

Posted by inkweary | October 22, 2008 2:33 PM

I agree Fnarf. He should have had the decency to resign after he cost the taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars because of the savings and loan scandal. He's a prick!

Posted by Vince | October 22, 2008 2:37 PM

you said "long and thick and worth it."


Posted by i have a medium penis | October 22, 2008 2:46 PM

@8 -- long and thick usually is.

Hey, on that note, whatever happened to the Enormous Whozeewhatsit???

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 22, 2008 2:53 PM


Same thing that happens to every one of them, sooner or later. Age. Time passes and it gets old. It gets tired. It no longer performs like you remember. If it performs at all. Then one day, you just quit caring. Then you quit even trying.

Sad, really.

Posted by elenchos | October 22, 2008 5:50 PM

1: Tragedy doesn't require goodness. A hero doesn't have to be moral to be tragic. McCain is tragic in the classical sense. Tragedy doesn't have to mean bad things happening to good people. King Lear is a tragic figure, Titus Adronicus is tragic, Darth Vader is tragic, Willy Loman is tragic, and McCain is tragic.

I've never even liked him, but I have enough literary sense to see the tragic here.

Posted by Jay | October 22, 2008 7:05 PM

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