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McCain Fatigue

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Phoenix New Times reporter Amy Silverman, who produced more critical journalism about John McCain before the 2000 election than any living writer but has been largely silent on the subject since then, last week uncorked a new, strangely fatigued 7,300-word piece on her hometown senator.

The biggest new ground broken will likely interest partisan Democrats and not so many others (read about it beginning here). It concerns a particularly nasty and petty political sandbagging McCain (allegedly) had done at the expense of then-Arizona governor Rose Mofford (a Democrat), which he promptly (and allegedly) lied his face off about. Silverman gets a lot more damning quotes than had previously been published about this incident. Which took place 20 years ago.

Of even narrower interest except to people like me is Silverman's admission that since being left on the cutting room floor of a Sam Donaldson report during the last election cycle, "for the most part, I've stayed away from other reporters doing stories about John McCain." This is followed much later by the complaint that, in Arizona, "it has been difficult to find anyone who'll say an unkind word about McCain," and that "often, people wouldn't call back at all." Funny how that stuff works out.

In a more perfect world, Amy Silverman eight years ago would have produced the equivalent of the Molly Ivins-Lou Dubose joint Shrub (only with better reporting), thereby forcing McCain's base to at least confront an alternative master narrative by someone with terrific local knowledge … but alas, we don't live in that world.

My list of 10 great pieces of journalism about McCain ? including one by Silverman ? can be found here.

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  1. McCain Fatigue? Just give him some Ensure. He’ll bounce right back.

  2. forcing McCain’s base to at least confront an alternative master narrative

    Uh . . . last I checked, what would be his “base”, e.g. moderate conservatives, Republicans etc. don’t like him or trust him. How is the master narrative different from that?

  3. IMO, McCain is one unlikeable intemperate inferior bully. He is more likeable than, say, a guy like Mike Dukakis as Dukakis is the very essence of humorlessness. Having said that, I do not think that there have been more than a handful of more unlikeable, misanthropic politicians on the national stage than McCain in the last 40-50 years.

  4. I hate McCain as much as the next patriot but at least we know who he is. The other guy can’t decide what his real name is, what country he was born in, and what religion he practices.

  5. Proud Vet-

    The other guy will not be getting my vote. He is a socialist. Case closed.

    McCain will not be getting my vote either.

    As for knowing McCain, do we?

  6. By “base” I meant “media,” but neglected to include an explanatory link to the half-joke.

  7. The other guy will not be getting my vote. He is a socialist. Case closed.

    And which definition of “socialism” are we using today?

    I need to know, so I can set my decoder ring to match…

  8. By “base” I meant “media,” but neglected to include an explanatory link to the half-joke.

    Humor on the interwebz is hard, Matt. We forgive you.

  9. Humor on the interwebz is hard, Matt. We forgive you.

    What’s this “we” thing, white man? My forgiveness is not so easily bought. 😉

  10. Pay no attention to the hater, Matt.

  11. Is there really anyone out there with an ounce of common sense taking McBush seriously? I mean really?

    JT
    http://www.FireMe.To/udi

  12. BREAKING!

    View Barack Obama’s REAL birth certificate here.

    This could blow the race wide open.

  13. View Barack Obama’s REAL birth certificate here.

    This could blow the race wide open.

    Lashon ha’ra, fuck-face. Even crypto-Muslims know better.

  14. Elemenope, I’m joking and it was mocking the fuck faces who believe this stuff.

  15. Elemenope, I’m joking and it was mocking the fuck faces who believe this stuff.

    Thank the imaginary cloud-riders. I retract with apologies to you, sir.

  16. It would have helped my case if I’d actually followed your link.

    [Looks sheepish.]

  17. BDB,

    I laughed out loud.

    B-Rock “The Islamic Shock” SUPERALLAH Hussein Obama

    That’s just all kinds of awesome.

  18. As a lucky resident of Phoenix Arizona I had the chance to read the full article (in print form). I found it more educational than Matt Welch did but labeling it strangely fatigued isn’t too far off base.
    As for largely silent Silverman, why write periodical articles when so many people are writing full fledged books on the wunder-compromiser (or wunder-republican depending on the philosophical bias of the author) that is John McCain?

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  19. “In a more perfect world, Amy Silverman eight years ago would have produced the equivalent of the Molly Ivins-Lou Dubose joint Shrub…”

    Molly Ivins? One would be hard pressed to find a “writer” less funny and less original than Molly Ivins.

  20. Yeah, she hasn’t produced anything original in at least a year and a half!!1!ONE1

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