Identity Crisis

Recently in a video mix up on MSNBC, John McCain was referred to as “The Joker” from Batman.

Alex Witt: Peter, I want you to take a listen to what John McCain said this weekend in his radio address and get you to react. Peter, listen up.

[Video of the Joker from “The Dark Knight”]

Alex Witt: Well actually that was The Joker. So we’re not gonna go there. There’s no parallel there that we want to, uh, make any sort of, uhh… you know where I’m going with this. That was bad.

Funny Moments In Live Television: McCain as The Joker
By: SilentPatriot on Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 11:00 AM – PD

But it’s really Two Face that John McCain seems to emulate.

John McCain built up his “maverick” status in the 80’s and 90’s, by not only going against the conventional political grain, but by often voting with Democrats on certain issues. This endeared him with Middle America, and outraged the Wingers. The conservatives that were taking control of the GOP, the Reaganites, the Newt Gingrich’s, the Rush Limbaugh’s, the religious right, have never trusted or liked McCain. Recent “endorsements” by Wingers on behalf of McCain’s presidential run have been lukewarm at best.

So now John McCain is trying to prove to the conservative base that he’s not a liberal, while at the same time trying to convince moderates that he’s still the old “maverick”. It’s a pathetic juggling act. The truth is McCain was branded as a complete loser in the 2000 republican presidential primaries by Karl Rove, branded a loser by his own party. And now eight years later, neither he nor the GOP know what to do with the guy.


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