You got the feeling that McCain knew the stuff coming out of his mouth -- "the president has done a good job" -- was absurd, but both he and Russert lacked the energy either to make it believable or to address its absurdity. I kept waiting for Russert to ask: "But wait a minute, aren't you John McCain? What's happened to you?"
Which is the real McCain? The captain of the Straight Talk Express, or the one who showed up [on Russert's show Sunday] trying to have it both ways -- expressing just enough gentle criticism to keep his "maverick" bona fides, while at the same time assuring Bush's right wing supporters they have nothing to worry about? It's probably no coincidence that today's Meet the Press appearance looked like a hostage videotape -- the party powers appear to have McCain securely squared away.
Yep. This is the same John McCain who had the nerve to author (with Mark Salter) a book titled Character is Destiny.
Here's hoping McCain's character brings him the political destiny--and legacy--he deserves.