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    Well, we hear a lot about "Maverick" these days. It seems the idea is that somebody who works through rules, regulations, or any type of appropriate behavior is just "in the way" of such a character. It's appealing to the American psyche.

    So, let's get an idea of what a "Maverick" might do in office, by taking a look at a role model...

    Maverick buzzes his own tower:
    YouTube - Top Gun-First Practice Mission

    Maverick "The One"... on foreign relations:
    YouTube - Top Gun - Maverick on MiGs

    Maverick on expediting reform in Washington?:
    YouTube - Top Gun "need for speed" scene

    Of course, we should mention that when Tom Cruise does Mavericky things in movies, they turn out right... after all, they're movies. Cruise does not crash four or five aircraft. If he "suspends his fighter pilot career" for something ultimately more important, it will turn out that he did it for a reason and will succeed brilliantly. That's why he's a movie character.

    We like risk takers. We think they have balls. The reason not everybody takes every risk, however, is that risks have downside. That's why they're called risks.

    So we like people who have a sort of uncanny instinct that allows them to take risks, redefining dramatic events by their sheer willingness to "just try" x, y, or z. The trouble is, we only like guys who are good at it.

    Something tells me that McCain is not that guy.
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    It may just be me, but hearing Palin say the word Maverick over & over makes me nauseous.

    "John McCain is a maverick....you betcha!"

    I agree with your opinion that John (my daddy saved my arse) McCain isn't the guy who would make a good maverick.
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    But it makes me feel all mavericky!!!!

    Never understood how a maverick can vote the bush agenda 90% of the time, doesn't sound like a maverick to me.. just another sheeple.
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    I wish it did that for me! I end up feeling all pukey!;)
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    o-OH people, foggy is getting frustrated again:rolleyes:
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    3 more who could never make it one day in the military. Do you sit down to pee?
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    Yeah, but they're "elite", don't you know.


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    Quote of the day!!
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    A Maverick is someone who takes risks but is good at it and has a history of luck or amazing results.

    McCain was bottom of his class in the military, lost multiple planes in not much flight time, and really hasn't had much success in most of his projects.

    It's a shame that Romney or Ron Paul didn't get the nomination, they are 10x more competent than McCain is.
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    From the Mav himself!!:cool:
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    I think I exhibited way too many McCain-like traits to make it in the military myself. Fortunately, I understood that following orders and living a regimented life wasn't my thing. I did come to understand that often rules are there for a reason, and everybody else was not, in fact, a jackass, following "silly little rules" that did not apply to me.

    You know, like the rest of the U.S. Congress, in McCain's evident view, during the recent financial crisis. By gum, they could get the bill passed, if a Maverick just showed up to show them the way!!! (...er, adding political cover for a few house Republicans who didn't want to vote for it in the first place...)

    Presto! nearly 2 weeks of grandstanding and $110 billion of "sweeteners" later, after irreperable further damage had been done, we had our bill.

    I'm sure glad Maverick was there to put a mavericky hold on his campaign, proclaim the other guy to be playing politics, and uh, oh yeah that's right, hold up the political process by a couple of weeks.

    How are you going to make every political issue all about being a "maverick", when in fact the gear need to turn, the votes need to happen, and nothing is about your own personal oppositional defiant disorder?

    Some of the guys I've worked with have said he is the worst kind of guy to serve with, putting you in danger because he thinks he's special and different.

    But I guess that's second-hand chatter from other military guys, and does not count :rolleyes:

    Once again, use your brain: Some guys in the military like McCain. More do not.

    PFnV
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    Do you mean this country is willing to bet on luck to get the job done??
    what if luck runs out this time? Like the previous 8 years !



    Keep waiting for luck , keep waiting. This is not good. People should learn their lesson.

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