Being John McCain…

I approve of the general strategy: talk straight (and like a populist) and be personable. Must Democrats, however, invoke the name of Sen. John McCain to be like him? Apparently so, according to this Boston Globe article:

Nearly every Democrat dreaming of the White House is extolling McCain’s virtues as a candidate and modeling at least part of his campaign for 2004 after the witty maverick who attracted independent voters. McCain, who caught fire in cold New Hampshire and captured the imagination of Americans with his compelling story of courage, made “authenticity” the catchword of the last campaign.

Authenticity is now a political commodity. One can apparently buy it for the price of deprecating self and claiming the image of another. Not to worry. Our culture teaches us that this kind of thing is perfectly okay. We can all be like Mike if we wear the right shoes. And Democrats can be like McCain if they invoke his name and adopt his strategy.

Funny thing is: it’s not McCain’s strategy. Straight talk, populist rhetoric, and a “dynamic” personality have been political staples since the Andrew Jackson campaign. How did this become new and identified with McCain? Hmmmm…