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The Sciences

Real Maverick

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumOctober 2, 2008 9:10 PM

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I've written before about a favorite elected official in Congress, Republican Wayne Gilchrest. From today's Washington Post:

Wayne Gilchrest, the nine-term Republican congressman who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of Anne Arundel County, has had it, and he's ready to talk. He's had it with his own party, which he says "has become more narrow, more self-serving, more centered around 'I want, I want, I want.' " He's finished with his party's presidential candidate, John McCain, who Gilchrest says "recites memorized pieces of information in a narrow way, whereas Barack Obama is constantly evaluating information, using his judgment. One guy just recites what's in front of him, and the other has initiative and reason and prudence and wisdom."

And it's not just Republicans, it's us:

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"We've become a country that sits down in front of the boob tube and listens to people shouting about freedom, but now people equate freedom not with the acquisition of knowledge but with comfort," Gilchrest says. " 'Give me my flat-screen TV, the gas-guzzling car, the goods made in China.' The whole concept of freedom has become the idea of comfort, with a complete lack of responsibility."

He concluded:

"I haven't stepped away from my party," Gilchrest says. "The party has stepped away from Eisenhower and Goldwater and Nixon and Ford and even Ronald Reagan. It's been driven away by this anti-government combination of Milton Friedman and Jerry Falwell."

That my friends, that's maverick:

an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

In contrast, choosing a vice presidential running mate for reasons that surpass partisanship who is unprepared to lead our great nation is no such move.

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