I guess I'm like most everybody else. Whenever I hear that word, no matter how it's spelled, I think of one thing: John McCain.
There was a time, in 2000 and again in 2008, when McCain claimed that title. I think the news media first branded him with it but McCain took it on proudly. Now . . . he says he never was a maverick. Huh?
Of course, McCain spent part of his early adulthood bombing the Vietnamese. Then, after being shot down, he spent quite a few years being mistreated as a prisoner of war. Now? Hugs.
Speaking of which, McCain has become quite a hugger. Here he is with Rudy Giuliani.
And George W. Bush.
And his Independent but mostly Democrat pal Joe Lieberman.
And, of course, his running mate in 2008, loony Sarah Palin.
Even the guy who trounced him in the 2008 election, President Barack Obama.
So, what became of John McCain? The Maverick? The lovable hugger? Well it's a mystery to most everyone but he still seems bitter about losing the presidency. Twice, if you count Bush knocking him out in the primaries in 2000. He seems to do nearly nothing except oppose everything Obama proposes. Many people have said he just seems like a bitter old man. In short, he has become this: