McCain's Mother

Johnny, I'll Wash Your mouth out

John McCain can't stop talking to the press. He didn't get that from his mother. "I am so shy and so nervous that I couldn't tell you anything," 88-year-old Roberta McCain told TIME last week. "I can't think on my feet. I would have a heart attack or jump out this five-story window. I'm worried that whatever I would tell you would be true."

Soon it becomes clear that while John McCain has written a best-selling book about his father, he may have chosen to write about the less interesting parent. While the man she still calls Johnny was taking his...