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What Happened to Maverick and Cube?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MAINSTREAMING MCCAIN, MELTING CUBE McCain and Cube before and after

In 2000, we got to know the maverick, John McCain. He boarded his Straight Talk Express and took the lesser traveled road through politics, stopping along the way to call bullshit on bad decisions, whether they came from Republicans or Democrats. He came with credentials, having spent five and a half years in a POW camp. We got a sense it left dude a bit off. And we liked that. Even if we didn't always agree with his views, we liked that he was saying something different.

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Seven years later, McCain is hardly recognizable. Who has he become? A run-of-the-mill Bush supporter? Just another compromising politician? Who is this guy?

He's the Ice Cube of Republican politics.

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