Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sweet Dreams, Maverick
Inevitably, a moment comes along for every politician when the man converges with his destiny, providing the public with an indelible image that confirms what it had come to suspect about him. For Gary Hart, that moment was the Monkey Business photo. For John Kerry, it was the Botched Joke. For John McCain, it might very well turn out to be yesterday's State of the Union address.
I can't count the number of times in the past 6-8 weeks that I've heard or read that John McCain is washed up. According to this gathering meme, whatever dynamism he might have presented eight years ago as a maverick, straight-talking man of action has gone sluggish and tired. And of course it's true. But did he have to go and fall asleep on national television to prove it?