'Maverick' McCain bedevils Democrats Image attracts moderate voters
"Be Afraid,Be Very Afraid you Maoist/liberals Mc Cain will take a whole bunch of former liberal Clinton voters with him.
There are a whole group of new Obama haters around these days !All that's left are the dumb college kids , the Negro's and Americas Resident Foreign Enemy's !
Sen. John McCain's reputation as a maverick who regularly bucks the conservative wing of his party will be a formidable obstacle for Sen. Barack Obama as he seeks to persuade moderates to vote for him in November.
Once dubbed the Democrats' favorite Republican - and the recipient of a gushing endorsement by the liberal New York Times during this year's primary campaign - Mr. McCain's bigger-than-life image as a middle-of-the-road politician is a proven draw of moderates and independents, who are in the position to decide which candidate wins the White House.
"The Republicans stumbled into the best nominee they could have gotten," said Democratic strategist Liz Chadderdon. "The Republican brand is in the toilet and they found the one guy who doesn't fit the Republican brand. I think his 'maverick' status is a huge help to him. If he was a typical Republican, given how people feel about generic Republicans right now, we would win in a walk," she said.
Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh agreed, saying, "Much of John McCain's maverick image was largely defined eight years ago when he ran against Bush and lost.
"There is a premium on defining yourself for the voters before your opponent does it for you. For many voters in the country and especially in a state like New Hampshire, John McCain's maverick image is alive and well. That is going to be a challenge for the Obama campaign."
Although conservatives bristle about Mr. McCain's proclivity to cross party lines to vote with Democrats, a glance at his voting record over 25 years in the Senate portrays a solid Republican. For instance, he voted for every item on the Republicans' Contract With America, the document penned by conservatives in 1994 that called for shrinking the federal government, cutting taxes and reforming welfare.