From the vantage of Europe, American politics seems like the circus: many exciting activities being played out under the big top, activities that have little bearing upon the social and economic realities most Americans confront every day.
Powerful narratives based upon fiction -- not fact -- shape our perceptions. As such, myths are powerful political tools that the powers-that-be have long used in their attempt to control social behavior.
McCain could have been a real "maverick" and told his party that he opposes the Bush Tax Cuts just like he originally did. But no. That's because McCain is not a true leader when it comes to the economic crisis this country faces.