author's note: This is a completely fictitious story. Any similarity with actually people is completely coincidental.
In 2000, John McCain Wayne decided to run for his party's presidential nomination. Being a war hero, who was interred in a POW camp in Vietnam for five years, John McCain Wayne was regarded with great admiration. His record in the senate was respected, generally filled with compromise and bipartisanship. But John McCain Wayne had one problem, his opponent for the Republic nomination, George Pubic-Hair.
The campaign of George Pubic-Hair spouted the vilest accusations at John McCain Wayne. George Pubic-Hair and his aides exploited people's fears and hatreds for political gain. John McCain Wayne lost his bid for the party's nomination, but he came out of the campaign considered as a maverick and as a rare light in an otherwise bitterly partisan atmosphere in Congress. George Pubic-Hair went on to win the general election and become president.
But our saga doesn't end there. As president, George Pubic-Hair tried to increase his power at all costs. He started an extremely illadvised war, used sketchy tactics in making the case for the war and in the war's execution, and furthered his ideological agenda at home, regardless of its impact on his constituency.
Where was the maverick, John McCain Wayne in all of this? Supporting President Pubic-Hair. It seemed that John McCain Wayne had promised to throw his respectability and popularity behind the president in exchange for the president's support in the 2008 election. It looked like a sure-fire plan.
Time and reality proved President George Pubic-Hair and his policies to be unpopular. Furthermore, George Pubic-Hair and his advisors had gotten all they need from John McCain Wayne. They felt no obligation towards fulfilling their end of the bargain by helping John McCain Wayne's 2008 presidential bid.
In the end, John McCain Wayne was tied to unpopular presidential policies, and was left without the true support of the president. John McCain Wayne had lost his maverick appeal. He now appeared out of touch with even his own party. Aids fled his from his side and his campaign went bankrupt. John McCain Wayne had been humiliated by George Pubic-Hair once again.
Will John McCain Wayne summon the fight we all know he has? Will he admit his mistakes and return to the days of his 2000 campaign? Or will he float away like a feather trapped in Hurricane Katrina or a gun battle in Iraq? Only time will tell how John McCain Wayne's story will end.