Jon Stewart Takes On McCain's Maverick Denial in NEWSWEEK

Sen. John McCain is taking some flak this week from liberal bloggers for comments denying he was a maverick. In an interview, McCain—who you may recall very briefly ran an ad called "The Original Mavericks" during the 2008 presidential campaign—told NEWSWEEK's David Margolick that he didn't think that label fit him:

"Maverick" is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. "I never considered myself a maverick," he told me. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities." Yet here was Palin, urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington.

It was perhaps inevitable that the king of left-wing satire, Jon Stewart, would take on the claim. Lo and behold, he did last night. "I'll give you a moment to scrape your brains off the ceilings," he said, then added that he was going to dispose with his typical trick of playing a montage of McCain calling himself a maverick because it was unnecessary, since everyone already makes the connection automatically.

It'd be like Rudy Giuliani coming out and going, "I never mentioned 9/11. What are you talking about?" It's like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter saying, "I never believed I was butter. Why would I have believed that? I never believed that." It's on the container!

We can't embed the full video—what you see above is a short clip—but you can watch it here. And of course if you haven't read the article that started it, be sure to check it out here.