The senator had subtitled a memoir ‘The Education of an American Maverick’ – so denying he was one was in fact a pretty maverick thing to do

One word will forever be associated with John McCain: “maverick”. Few terms have ever clung to a politician so tenaciously, from the time he became a national political figure in the 1990s through the eulogies in Arizona and Washington this week. But everyone seems to have forgotten the time when McCain insisted he wasn’t then and had never been a maverick, and the furor that ensued.

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