In a move that clearly shows McCain's desperation stemming from a challenged primary for his Arizona Senate seat by former Congressman J. D. Hayworth, McCain told Newsweek in a recent interview that he "never considered [himself] a maverick." McCain, who very much owned that term during the 2008 presidential election, seems to have completed the decimation of his image as an above-the-fray politician to a pandering, willing-to-say-anything-to-get-elected hypocrite.
He cannot honestly think that the American people are as dumb as his former running mate. It's only been a little more than a year since the presidential campaign when he was using the word "maverick" with impunity. Until Saturday, that is, when he disavowed himself of the word as casually as one would an buzzing gnat; a small annoyance. But unfortunately for McCain his attempt to indulge his base by denying that the majority of 2008 ever happened is well off the mark. And it's also going to piss off this guy.