McCain Is Back

Not last year's zombie, but the funny, free-range independent unafraid to offend his audience

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Arizona Senator John McCain holds a press conference in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Correction Appended: October 18, 2007

There is only one American politician who sounds like this: "With my usual suicidal, masochistic tendencies, I spoke at the Detroit Economic Club last week and supported increased fuel-efficiency standards." Yes, yes, it's John McCain, rising from the crypt, but not as a zombie. The foolishly conventional Republican McCain of last year was the zombie. No, this is the funny, free-range McCain reincarnated, the independent who dares speak to an environmental forum in New Hampshire, touting his green credentials, actually supporting a return to the Kyoto global-warming negotiations, which is anathema to most...

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