More on McMaverick
This is gov't as carnival. The pols are the barkers, the booth operators, those in the know, herding the public, the rubes, off the great white way & into their tents. In this paradigm, the citizenry only exists to be duped, swindled, exploited..........just as they were during the latest mortgage securities bubble/bust.
Remember, McCain was up to his neck (with his patron Charles Keating) in the great S&L swindle of '87. After the bust, McCain rebranded himself as a reformer. Reformer, in this case, is just another wrinkle in the conman's bag of tricks & masks...... So laughable that McMaverick poses as a populist, a man of the people! He's the son and grandson of 4-star admirals, for Pete's sake! He dumped his crippled first wife for a centi-millionaire blonde tootsie who has bankrolled his career! He's all in favor of Bush's tax cuts for the hyper rich! Will somebody pleeeeeze gimme a break! Who buys this guy's act? I know, I know: millions, tens of millions.
Maverick was a gambler, a bit of a dandy (certainly not a working cowpoke). Melville's Confidence Man, a riverboat gambler and conman, was a shapeshifting literary precursor. Of course, the devil himself, going all the way back to the serpent in The Garden, is a poseur using lies to twist his prey.
By the way, somebody who worked with him told me James Garner (the original t.v. Maverick) was (is) a very nice guy with lefty politics. Mel Gibson, rightwing Bible thumping nutjob alky, played Maverick in the remake.