I knew it wouldn't take long for the MSM to turn on John McCain. On the front page of this morning's Syracuse Post Standard is an article titled "So this is what it looks like when the maverick becomes The Man." The article was written by Mark Leibovich of none other than the New York Times. I found it interesting that it was presented as news on the front page, rather than placed in the opinion section.
The artice begins by letting us know how uncomfortable and bland John McCain was in his "fancy-pants" front-runner's plane. It then said that the discipline needed by a front runner is unnatural for McCain. Leibovich writes "But now he is in the midst of an at-times awkward transition-from being one of the most disruptive figures within his party to someone playing it safe, not to mention trying to make nice with Republicans he clearly despises and who feel similarly about him."
The article was continued on Page 8 and the headline at the top reads: "Will John McCain's temper get the best of him? Formidable obstacles, himself among them". It goes on to point out McCain's age, his temper, his lack of experience on the economy and so on. On his relationship with the media Leibovich says "He has charmed the news media with his quippy and accessible style, and made his political name as a party renegade. But being on top with a growing staff, greater scrutiny and all the 'best behavior' that demands does not necessarily play to his strengths."
Basically, the article tells conservatives that they are hated by McCain and it tells everyone else that he has a really bad temper and cannot control his own actions.
I'm afraid the long honeymoon McCain's had with the press has come to an end.