Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mavericks? Not really...

The NY Times had an article the other day on the origin of the word 'maverick'. Even the Mavericks think he's misusing the term:
“I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,” said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.
The article also describes the origin of the word:
In the 1800s, Samuel Augustus Maverick went to Texas and became known for not branding his cattle. He was more interested in keeping track of the land he owned than the livestock on it, Ms. Maverick said; unbranded cattle, then, were called “Maverick’s.” The name came to mean anyone who didn’t bear another’s brand.
Ms. Terrellita Maverick continues:

It’s just incredible — the nerve! — to suggest that he’s not part of that Republican herd. Every time we hear it, all my children and I and all my family shrink a little and say, ‘Oh, my God, he said it again.’ ...He’s a Republican. He’s branded.

I love that! You're branded John McCain!


Habladora said...

I do feel like McCain becomes more 'branded' every day. His ideas and policies are more and more in line with those of the Republican Fundamentalist herd, and his tactics are too. Apparently, campaigners for McCain have even started using the 'fake polls to spread lies' methods used against him in the 2000 Republican primaries.

If you walk like a Republican cow and you moo like a Republican cow...

Casmall said...

It's not that McCain IS a Maverick, it's that he's Mavericky...or Maverick flavored. Sorry, but He's a Maverick when He wants to be, his Maveriosity is that pungent.