Real Mavericks Disdain McCain

What a shame for the campaign. Who’s to blame? Can you own a name?

“I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,� said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.

In the 1800s, Samuel Augustus Maverick went to Texas and became known for not branding his cattle. He was more interested in keeping track of the land he owned than the livestock on it, Ms. Maverick said; unbranded cattle, then, were called “Maverick’s.� The name came to mean anyone who didn’t bear another’s brand.

Read the whole story here, it’s short, but so good I don’t have the heart to rustle it up for myself. This isn’t the only trouble the rockin’ Senator has had. Maybe it’s practice for assembling his ‘team of mavericks’ to get musicians to march in formation

First, on August 29, just minutes before revealing Palin as his running mate, McCain strutted out onto a stage in Dayton, Ohio, as Van Halen’s inspirational 1991 track “Right Now” boomed through the speakers. Hours later, the band’s publicist told MTV News that Van Halen had no idea McCain would be using the track, and “had they asked, permission would not have been granted.”

Now, the candidate has enraged Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, who’ve apparently issued cease-and-desist letters to the McCain/Palin campaign, demanding that their 1977 hit “Barracuda” not be used as Palin’s theme song. The track was used Thursday night, both to introduce Palin and on the heels of McCain’s acceptance speech, at the close of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The song was likely chosen to refer to Palin’s nickname “Sarah Barracuda,” which the Alaska governor earned as a high school basketball star in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.

And the hits keep coming…

Jackson Browne is suing Sen. John McCain for using “Running on Empty” in television ads and the veteran rocker is also calling the candidate a great pretender when it comes to standing up for constitutional rights. Browne, one of rock music’s most famous activists for liberal causes, is “incensedâ€? that the presumptive Republican candidate for president has been using Browne’s signature 1977 song “Running on Emptyâ€? in television campaign commercials, according to the singer-songwriter’s attorney.

Browne particularly objected to his song being used in a hit commercial against Senator Obama. And if they were looking for a Republican anthem, the McCain campaign might have run off half-cocked…

In February, John Mellencamp had his publicist Bob Merlis write the McCain campaign to suggest it might be better if McCain stopped playing “Our Country” at McCain rallies, given Mellencamp’s liberal views and endorsement of former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC.

“Are you sure you want to use his music to promote Senator McCain’s efforts?” asked Merlis in his letter. “Logic says that the facts might prove to be an embarrassment, were they to be circulated widely.” Merlis told reporters that Mellencamp was uncomfortable with McCain using his music.

I can see why they would want to use it, though. There are some nice lyrics

That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country

I could dance to that. If a campaign is an indicator of how a candidate would function as president, McCain has run into some ruts on the old trail. But if you think of the embarrassment they could have avoided by simply asking permission instead of tossing the lasso wherever then you get some insight into the leader.

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