The loss of a maverick

Ezra Klein on the irony of McCain’s impending loss:

It’s easy enough to imagine an alternate election where every voter in America knew of McCain’s accomplishments, and they were deployed to make Obama’s record seem small indeed. That may have worked, or it may have failed. But if Obama began this cycle as a leader without much of a record of leadership, McCain ended it as a leader who’d disavowed his own history of achievement. A leader who chose to stop leading. That he will lose as a generic Republican, rather than as John McCain, is an odd outcome indeed.


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