Sometimes you don't need to read more than a headline. Take today's Washington Post:
Senate Gets Reacquainted With McCain the Maverick
OK, let's read just a bit:
Two and a half months removed from his defeat in the race for the presidency, colleagues say, McCain bears more resemblance to the unpredictable and frequently bipartisan lawmaker they have served with for decades than the man who ran an often scathing campaign against Barack Obama.
The "unpredictable and frequently bipartisan" John McCain doesn't really exist–McCain has for some time boasted a reliably conservative Senate voting record. (His "maverick" years of 2001 and 2002 were an exception to the rule.)It's good to know that this media-manufactured myth is back–before we had time to miss it.