Vanity Fair's published an article about Arizona Senator John McCain and "the Maverick" (if he's still OK with that nickname) isn't gonna like it. Neither is J.D. Hayworth, McCain's opponent in this year's GOP Senate primary.
The article is titled "The Man Who Never Was," and criticizes McCain for many of the same reasons Hayworth felt McCain needed to be "retired."
The sub-head of the article states "Desperate to keep his Senate seat, John McCain repudiated his record, his principles, and even his maverick reputation, entrenching himself as the anti-Obama. Which raises the issue of whether the leader so many Americans admired--and so many journalists covered--ever truly existed."
The article goes on to quote Hayworth, describing him as "a glib galoot who was twice informally ranked among the dumbest members of Congress during his 12 years in the House."
The article quotes Hayworth's criticisms of McCain that he's a "political shape-shifter" and has switched his position on several issues.
From the VF article:
McCain would go on to trounce Hayworth in the August primary, by 24 points, but not before turning himself into an off-putting, almost unrecognizable political creature. In the face of Hayworth's challenge, McCain flipped his position on repealing the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members; soft-pedaled his backing of climate-change legislation; and abandoned his longtime support for comprehensive immigration reform that would recognize reality and provide an eventual path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal aliens already living in the country. Instead, he offered full-throated backing for the border fence he once mocked--"Complete the danged fence!."
For anyone who feels the same way about McCain, you're in luck: there's an alternative -- unfortunately, his name's Rodney Glassman.
Check out the full VF article here.
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