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“[E]xcoriates John McCain as a calculating flip-flopper and the media for mythologizing him as a straight shooter… contains entertaining tales of equivocation aboard the Straight Talk Express.” ―The Washington Post
“How the journalistic elite got taken for a ride on the Straight Talk Express is one of the revelatory sagas of modern-day Washington. Matt Welch has the audacity to think that John McCain's views matter, not only his legends, and he smokes out McCain with gusto. You don't have to follow him every inch of the way into libertarian politics--as I do not--to be dazzled by the light he casts on a telling tragedy of American politics.” ―Todd Gitlin, author of The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals
“John McCain's love affair with the news media is a decade old. But McCain makes clear that that love affair is over.” ―Glenn Reynolds, author of An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, and blogger at Instapundit
"John McCain's love affair with the news media is a decade old. But McCain makes clear that that love affair is over."--Glenn Reynolds, author of An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, and blogger at Instapundit
Praise for Matt Welch's Op-Ed piece on John McCain in the Los Angeles Times, "Do We Really Need Another T.R.?":
"I hope a lot of Americans read Matt Welch's definitive LAT editorial on the subject of McCain's political philosophy.... [I]t should be a reputation-maker for Welch."-- Colby Cosh, columnist for Canada's National Post
"Congratulations to the LAT's Matt Welch for this morning's penetrating column on John McCain.... Listen up, pundits. Matt Welch has sent you a signal. It won't kill you to look into the mind of the desert angel and see what he thinks." -- Todd Gitlin, author of The Intellectuals and the Flag
"The redoubtable Matt Welch does the unconscionable today: he writes an op-ed for the LA Times in which he examines John McCain's actual views on the issues.... Hear hear.... [McCain's] flip-flops get a lot of attention mainly because they're easy to find and satisfying to point out. Actually looking past his occasionally "maverick" views is far more important." -- Kevin Drum, The Washington Monthly
"Matt Welch of the Los Angeles Times does a significant public service in exposing John McCain's intrusive, statist agenda." --Doug Bandow, author of Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire
"Kudos to Matt Welch for managing to reveal some truths about St. McCain without falling into the usual trap of trying to argue about where he actually fits on the imaginary political spectrum and instead just telling us what the dude thinks about things." --Duncan Black, proprietor of the Eschaton (Atrios) blog
"[A]n astute analysis." --Joel Connolly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Great op-ed by Matt Welch on what John McCain actually thinks about the world." --Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect
"Matt Welch, now with the Los Angeles Times, perspicaciously sizes up everyone's favorite politician -- especially given that no one seems to actually care about his political beliefs -- Sen. John McCain. [...] [R]ead the whole thing, before this whole "McCain for President" thing goes too far." -- Brian Dohery, Reason --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a gift so I never read it. The person that I gave it to seemed to enjoy it though.Published on April 20, 2013 by D. Crosser
Gave up after a hundred pages. Felt like a series of quotations from the books written by McCain himself, commented by the author. I didn't get the point.Published on March 9, 2009 by Jean Luc Fattebert
John McCain is first, last, and always, a social and political chameleon.
Whatever John needs to look like, whatever John needs to say, whatever John needs to appear to be,... Read more
Didn't learn anything new, I was disappointed. Read the last chapter, it's the only part of the book that says anything.Published on December 15, 2008 by Marie
Anyone lucky enough to read this book before 11/04/08 had McCain's playbook in hand. Everything that undid McCain's candidacy is sketched here: McCain's belief in luck versus... Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by H. Copeland
This is probably the best and only insight we will have from the well-trained US press about the McCain/Palin ticket.
Read it. Read more
I have had a very negative opinion of McCain for years, but I hoped to gain a greater depth of understanding of the man from this book.
And indeed I did. Read more
I am a registered Republican. I should really switch to registered Libertarian. This is not because I want to but because my party has left me. Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by PhillyDave
I thank Matt Welch for his insightful book. It is a brutal work, but fair. The very left-wing Todd Gitlin legitimately credits him with smoking "out McCain with gusto. Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by David Thomson