I’m happy to see that Amy Silverman’s long piece in the New Times about what her experiences with John McCain is getting a bit of play on the national blogs. Will it do anything to puncture the “Maverick I’d Like To Have A Beer With” image that the Washington media has of him? I think I’d have to light more than a few candles before that happens. As Chris Matthews said in 2000, “John, those people in Arizona don’t know you the way we do.”
By the way, Silverman refers to the 1986 rape joke, then gives credit to the Huffington Post for breaking it. Geez, Amy, show some love for your fellow Arizonan here.
In the article, Silverman alludes to an incident where a member of her family was berated by McCain for an article she wrote. She wrote about this episode in an article about her father for Salon in 2000.
Also, Pat Murphy, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic, had a catalog of decidedly non-bi-partisan-straight-shooting-maverick incidents in McCain’s political career that he published in a paper where he currently lives in Idaho back in 1999 (a slightly different version appeared in In These Times a few months later).