McCain to Iraqis:

Americans love the maverick myth. The lone gunman delivering justice as the quivering sheriff hides; Tom Cruise's unpredictable character in Top Gun; or, in the U.S. senate, a man who deigns to cross the president and decry torture -- sort of.

That's the McCain myth: he's the maverick... ooooooh.

Except, not really. He's more like a guy who thinks that the maverick image may beat the quickest path to reelection and the White House.

First McCain nuzzled up to Jerry Falwell in an effort to secure some of the bigot vote and now he's attempting to out-idiotic-homespun-wisdom the president.

Here he is on Iraq, from Jason Horowitz's NY Observer story (hat tip to Terry Welch): "One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullshit...'"

He then asked "What kind of a country do we want to be?"

Oooh, oooh, I know, I know: Known throughout the world as the nation that didn't learn its lesson on its way to electing another president with offensively uninformed ideas while being beholden to Christianist charlatans?

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