Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand

It's never a good thing when one of the few remaining even slightly moderate members of your party calls out your shady practices.

"He has lost his brand as a maverick," Rep. Chris Shays, a Connecticut Republican and co-chairman of the McCain campaign in that state, told the Yale Daily News in the latest criticism. "He did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign."

Ouch. I wouldn't be surprised to see that quote in a campaign ad or two in the next few days. Yes, this represents an effort by Chris Shays to engage in the type of mau-mauing for which he has become famous -- namely attempting to distance himself from his party during election years even as he is fairly loyal to his party during non-election years. Nevertheless, it is a slap in the face to John McCain from one of his loyalists, and yet another example of the brewing civil war inside the Republican Party in which McCain is dumping on his party while his fellow Republicans are selling out their presidential nominee.

Tags: Chris Shays, John McCain, White House 2008 (all tags)

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Re: Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand

Don't fall for it!  Link Shays and McCain in an ad and run that.

by ND1979 2008-10-29 11:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand

Shays must be desperate, and probably sees some really bad polling numbers.  At this point he needs to point out that McCain lied to save his own hide.  Hopefully it will only serve to hurt both.

by gavoter 2008-10-29 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand

That's funny, if you think about the etymology of the word "maverick."  

The term comes from the cattle-raising heyday of 19th-century Texas.  A "maverick" was a motherless and unbranded calf.  Calves stayed close to their mothers, and so when they were rounded up together, the ownership of the calf could be determined and the calf could be branded with the brand of the owner.  But it was difficult to determine the ownership of calves that had been separated from their mothers (usually when the mother died).  Often, mavericks were made available to the ranch hands, who used them to start their own small herds and grab a lower rung on the ranching ladder.  Later, the cattle associations (made up by the wealthy and powerful ranchers) ended the practice and made mavericks the property of the association, to be equally divided among the member cattlemen.

The real "original mavericks" had no brand of any kind. So it's fitting that McCain lost his.

by KernBlue 2008-10-29 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand

Things are just going to get uglier and uglier in the few days we have left until the election.

At this point, McFailin have devolved to fingerpointing and are attempting guilt by association to try to pull voters from Obama.

The entire Republican ticket is an embarrassment from the word Go.  Bet they wish they had vetted Sarah a bit better before inviting her to the ticket.

Ah well...hindsight IS 20/20, you know.

And the Maverick family have very pointedly said that as the source of the nickname "maverick", that McCain is anything BUT...

by NightBloomingJasmine 2008-10-29 03:13PM | 0 recs

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