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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 

The M Word

Jessica McBride highlights the overuse of the "maverick" label when applied to Senator Feingold. I'm pretty sick of both the "maverick" senators, Feingold and McCain. I think that there is a better M word for them: Machiavellian. If there are two distinctly political animals in DC today, it's these two. Their entire schtick is convincing everyone that they are not political. And people buy it!

McBride points out...
...why is Feingold typically called a maverick, when a politician like Jim Sensenbrenner is not? After all, voting tallies show that Sensenbrenner bucks his party and its interests more than Feingold bucks his, yet the Republican Congressman rarely gets the label.
Simple. The media loves Feingold. The media loves McCain. The media does not love Sensenbrenner. The maverick label comes from the media and is repeated by the media. They use it as a term of endearment with Feingold. "Oh, that little scamp. He's so independent!"

Rubbish. He's a liberal. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. George Will highlighted that point in his recent column.
A good liberal -- the Senate's most pure, according to the liberal Americans for Democratic Action, whose rating of his career (97) is higher than that of Ted Kennedy (90), Barbara Boxer (92), John Kerry (93) and Hillary Clinton (95)
There's a list of names I'd never want to be associated with in any way, shape, or form.

I'm hoping that people start using my label for Feingold: enemy of the First Amendment.

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