A Goofy Attempt, But Appreciated No Less
Okay, I may have mentioned that I support John McCain?
Well, I love this article
; it's another one of those that the campaign staff might as well have written:In the seven years since John McCain and his "Straight Talk Express" nearly derailed George W. Bush's White House ambitions, the blunt-spoken senator from Arizona has become the very picture of the highly managed presidential candidate he once scorned.
And along the way, he lost Stuart Hume and Mike Moffett.
The New Hampshire GOP activists counted themselves among McCain's loyalists in 2000, admiring his rejection of party dogma. But both men have turned elsewhere this time around.
"That had a real appeal, the maverick thing," said Moffett, a college professor from Concord and a Marine reservist. "He wasn't tied in, necessarily, with any conventional way of thinking. . . . His decades in Washington don't help him right now, with me or with many others."
Hume, a retired investor from New Castle, agrees: "I don't think people have the same impression of him now that they did then."
Translation: McCain doesn't criticize George Bush anymore. He's no fun, because we (the media) liked that criticism of George Bush.
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