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The Downside of Mavericks:

In view of all the praise John McCain has gotten for being a "maverick," I can't resist quoting the Iceman's critique of a similar maverick naval aviator:

Maverick [justifying violating the rules during a training flight]: Hard deck my ass. We nailed that son of a bitch. [High fives Goose].

Iceman: You two really are cowboys.

Maverick: What's your problem, Kazanski?

Iceman: You're everyone's problem. That's because every time you go up in the air, you're unsafe. I don't like you because you're dangerous.

Maverick: That's right! Ice... man. I am dangerous.

UPDATE: Commenters point to this clever video analogizing McCain to Maverick and Romney to the Iceman. All I can say is that if Romney really were as impressive as Iceman, I'd have a much different view of the election.

Duffy Pratt (mail):
Yeah, and let's not forget Dirk Nowitski's forgettable post-season efforts....
2.5.2008 4:36pm
TomH (mail):
"I am dangerous." - Good campaign slogan.
2.5.2008 4:36pm
Thief (mail) (www):
[After McCain-Feingold]
Uncle Sam: Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing.
Maverick: Thank you, sir.
Uncle Sam: What you should have done was follow the Constitution! You don't own that Constitution, the tax payers do! Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash. You've been busted, you lost your qualifications as a conservative three times, put in hack twice by me, with a history of high speed passes over five Constitutional clauses, and one S&L baron!
Goose [Romney]: Frank Keating?
[Maverick shrugs]
Uncle Sam: And you asshole, you're lucky to be here!
Goose [Romney]: Thank you, sir.
Stinger: And let's not bullshit Maverick. Your family name ain't the best in the Senate. You need to be doing it better, and cleaner than the other guy. Now what is it with you?
Maverick: Just want to serve my country, be the best politician in the world, sir.
Uncle Sam: Don't screw around with me Maverick. You're a hell of an instinctive politician. Maybe too good. I'd like to bust your butt but I can't. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this group to Minneapolis. I gotta do something here, I still can believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I'm gonna send you up against the best. You two characters are going to the election! For eight months,
you're going to campaign against the best. You were number two. Rudy was number one. He turned in his wings. You guys are number one. But you remember one thing: You screw up, you'll be marking up appropriations riders for rubber dog shit.
Maverick and Goose [Romney]: Yes, sir!
Uncle Sam: That is all.
2.5.2008 4:37pm
jvarisco (www):
You mean this?
2.5.2008 4:50pm
NatSecLawGuy:
If McCain is Maverick then he must be a "compassionate conservative" as well because "He's got that loving feeling?"
2.5.2008 4:54pm
Ilya Somin:
If McCain is Maverick then he must be a "compassionate conservative" as well because "He's got that loving feeling?"

That's part of what I'm afraid of.
2.5.2008 4:59pm
CDU (mail) (www):
So, which Maverick does John McCain resemble, Tom Cruise or James Garner?
2.5.2008 5:04pm
Ilya Somin:
So, which Maverick does John McCain resemble, Tom Cruise or James Garner?

He may combine the worst elements of both.
2.5.2008 5:07pm
CDU (mail) (www):
He may combine the worst elements of both.


Oh, come on. I haven't head anyone accuse him of being a Scientologist.
2.5.2008 5:14pm
James121 (mail):
I guess that makes Huckabee goose.
2.5.2008 5:14pm
SeaLawyer:
Maverick, it's not your flying, it's your attitude. The enemy's dangerous, but right now you're worse than the enemy: you're dangerous and foolish. You may not like the guys flying with you, they may not like you. But whose side are you on?
2.5.2008 5:23pm
Orielbean (mail):
That was very funny, Thief
2.5.2008 5:37pm
A.S.:
If McCain is Maverick and Romney is Iceman and Huckabee is Goose, that would make Obama and Hillary a couple of commie b*st*rds with red stars on their helmets. Which sounds just about right.
2.5.2008 5:41pm
Arkady:
I dunno. Maybe better filmic military analogies are Gen. Jack D. Ripper and Col. Bat Guano.
2.5.2008 6:11pm
The Cabbage (mail):
Eugene: Ilya, this is Eugene. We have unknown aircraft inbound Legislation. Your vector zero-nine-zero for committee.
2.5.2008 7:09pm
Benjamin Davis (mail):
McCain is the grandson of an Admiral and the son of the head of the Admiral who headed the Pacific Fleet. He is only a maverick in the sense of a person born on third base in the uppercrust sense of maverick. He is a pure patrician a la Bush.
Best,
Ben
2.5.2008 8:04pm
Benjamin Davis (mail):
That came through wrong. Here we go again.

McCain is the grandson of an Admiral and the son of the Admiral who headed the Pacific Fleet. He is only a maverick in the sense of a person born on third base in the uppercrust sense of maverick. He is a pure patrician a la Bush.
Best,
Ben
2.5.2008 8:06pm
Cornellian (mail):
So does this mean McCain and Romney will make up at the end and McCain will say to Romney "You can be my VP anytime!"?
2.5.2008 8:17pm
sashal (mail):
I am with John Cole on this:
I am now completely convinced that there is no such thing as "conservative" principles. It is a joke, an empty suit- it means whatever you want it to mean, and right now it means double Gitmo, permanent war, hating on liberals, and tax cuts forever. I guess, in that light, Mitt is the true "conservative," as he has shown himself willing to do whatever and pay whatever it takes to win the nomination. I simply can not believe that the folks who cheerleaded the Bush administration and who are not even flinching about the new 700 billion dollar military budget have the balls to pretend to be conservative, but, hey, it is their party. I hope they keep wrecking it. But when folks say "conservative," and they will say it seriously as if it means something, no doubt also invoking the "mantle of Reagan," just laugh at them. They might as well be talking about flogiston. Whatever conservative used to mean, if anything, it no longer does.

And here I recommend to read for everybody who deems themselves conservatives: www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0607.wolfe.html
2.5.2008 8:27pm
Oren:
Cornellian - if that's the case, I better invest heavily PorcineAir.
2.5.2008 8:29pm
Gaius Marius:
Maverick in Top Gun wasn't dumb enough like John McCain to get shot down by a SAM fired by a North Vietnamese peasant.
2.5.2008 9:37pm
Waldensian (mail):

Maverick in Top Gun wasn't dumb enough like John McCain to get shot down by a SAM fired by a North Vietnamese peasant.

North Vietnamese air defenses were actually quite sophisticated.

Something tells me you're not a pilot.
2.5.2008 9:59pm
Ilya Somin:
Maverick in Top Gun wasn't dumb enough like John McCain to get shot down by a SAM fired by a North Vietnamese peasant.

I'm no fan of McCain. But the North Vietnamese had the latest in Soviet air defenses, with personnel trained by Soviet advisers. You can be sure that the people running the SAMs weren't peasants (or at least had extensive military training after being drafted).
2.5.2008 11:15pm
Kazinski:
You spelled my name wrong.

And my problem is that while I think McCain is a war and spending hawk, he is a tax and immigration dove.
2.6.2008 12:13am
Slider:
I'm fine with the analogy, so long as we don't have to watch McCain and the rest of the field playing shirtless volleyball in slow motion.
2.6.2008 10:13am
BGates:
Who got more familiar with 'patricians', McCain during his time in the Naval Academy, South Vietnam, and Hanoi, or Hillary and Obama during their time in Ivy League law school?

Sashal, there are clear progressive beliefs:
That we should negotiate with the leaders of Iran, who lead chants of 'death to America', but American conservatives must be shunned, shouted down, and ignored;
that government infringement on the liberty of a foreign terrorism suspect is unconscionable, but government infringement on the liberty of any American to make decisions about their own health care is essential;
that unions must be strengthened to protect American workers from business' desire for low-cost labor, while the border must be opened to supply business with the same;
that America must form better relationships with other nations, while calling current allies "bought", "bribed", "puppet", and "poodle";
that we must discourage trade with the third world and job relocation to the third world, but otherwise do whatever we can to relieve global poverty....
2.6.2008 2:57pm
mkrich3 (mail):

Maverick in Top Gun wasn't dumb enough like John McCain to get shot down by a SAM fired by a North Vietnamese peasant.

I think this is incredibly insulting to the hundreds of men who were shot down (hardly, if ever, because of intelligence) and either killed or captured and tortured for many years.
2.6.2008 9:12pm