Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

'Make-Believe Maverick'

Rolling Stone has a new article coming out 'Make-Believe Maverick,' it's a damming article that turns the notion of "country first" on it's head. It's the unheard biography of the Mac.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

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Anonymous said...

So in reference to your hand wringing above with the McCain campaign starting to ratchet up the negative ads, why doesn't this (and the thousand of other stories spewed forth by the MSM) fall under a similar denouncement in the "personal attacks and character assassination" category? Or does that only count if those nasty Republicans are involved?

Mattheus Mei said...

I wouldn't say I was hand wringing.