Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I just learned from Michael about this article in the New York Times:

There’s that word again: maverick. In Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican candidate, used it to describe herself and her running mate, Senator John McCain, no fewer than six times, at one point calling him “the consummate maverick.”

But to those who know the history of the word, applying it to Mr. McCain is a bit of a stretch — and to one Texas family in particular it is even a bit offensive.

the whole article here.

There are very few Mavericks in Toobworld - Bret, Bart, Pappy, Beau, Ben, and Brent (who might have been Dr. Doug Philips of 'The Time Tunnel' using an alias... or the 'Quantum Leap' accelerator!)

I've always wanted 'Maverick' to be updated to modern times, and with the new incarnation, the Maverick in the spotlight should be a woman. (I once suggested Courtney Cox, but I'm thinking Jaime Murray now......)

As Lloyd Bentsen might have said to John McCain: "Senator, I watched 'Maverick'. 'Maverick' was one of my favorite shows. You, Sir, are no 'Maverick'."

As Terrelita Maverick says in that NY Times article: “He’s a Republican,” she said. “He’s branded.”

Branded. Scorned as the one who ran... for President of the United States on the Republican ticket.

I think there's a song in there somewhere.....

Toby O'B

(Thanks, Michael!)

1 comment:

Terence Towles Canote said...

I love the TV show Maverick. It's my favourite Western besides The Wild Wild West. I just wish McCain would stop misuisng the term. I don't know which Texas family to whom the Times was referring...the Bushes are all Connecticut Yankees in my book....