The Karl Rove team that runs McCain’s campaign, has got him on a short leash. No more Straight Talk Express interviews where he holds forth on his world view. And when a reporter from Time magazine has the temerity to ask him an important question, he just doesn’t answer.
There’s a theme that recurs in your books and your speeches, both about putting country first but also about honor. I wonder if you could define honor for us?
Read it in my books.
I’ve read your books.
No, I’m not going to define it.
But honor in politics?
I defined it in five books. Read my books.
[Your] campaign today is more disciplined, more traditional, more aggressive. From your point of view, why the change?
I will do as much as we possibly can do to provide as much access to the press as possible.
But beyond the press, sir, just in terms of …
I think we’re running a fine campaign, and this is where we are.
Do you miss the old way of doing it?
I don’t know what you’re talking about.
This guy is on auto-pilot. His handlers are afraid he’s going to blow a fuse.
The Manchurian Candidate.