The Devil and John McCain

What possessed John McCain, with all of the makings to be a modern Daniel Webster, to descend into the depths of unprincipled contradictions? "You see, for a while, [he] was the biggest man in the country.  He never got to be President, but he was the biggest man.  There were thousands that trusted in him right next to God Almighty and they told stories about him that were like the stories of patriarchs and such.  They said when he stood up to speak, stars and stripes came right out in the sky, and once he spoke against a river and made it sink into the ground." – The Devil and Daniel Webster, Stephen Vincent Benet, 1936 Those of us at a certain age recall our middle school days, when reading stories such as The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was expected and commonplace.  Rugged independence, moral dilemmas, and justice were interwoven into these American...(Read Full Post)