I loved John McCain when he was running against Bush Jr. as the Republican nominee. Here was a guy who not only knew first hand what war was all about but suffered in a Vietnamese prison camp for years allowing others to leave before he himself was released. Watta guy!
But Bush and his Rove-aganda machine started rolling, painting this war hero as a fraud, while making the true fraud and draft dodger, a hero. (They repeated this scenario once again against another true hero, John Kerry) They defaced his family, accused McCain of being the seminal father of the beautiful black child which the family had adopted. Well the Bush machine won, much to the future, to be realized, detriment of our great country.
After he and his family being insulted and defamed by Bush and the well choreographed campaign, McCain suddenly becomes a Bush Cheerleader forgetting how this inferior person walked all over him with lies. So be it. Occasionally McCain will say something contrary to that of Bush and that together with the fading memory of what was once McCain the warrior, has earned him the nebulous tag of "Maverick".
Well this "Maverick" stood up with other staunch Republicans such as Lindsey O. Graham, John W. Warner and a plethora of American Generals including General Collins. What a brave move. However a compromise has been reached, coinciding coincidentally just before the elections and supposedly everyone is satisfied and how nice that complete opposite poles can come to such a timely compromise; just a little torture, unless the "Commander in Chief" would like to have a little more. My John McCain has finally become my John McCave. I'm afraid that courage with which I had so long credited him with was left in the prison camp.