By Ari Rutenberg
Though John McCain has taken to calling himself a maverick, and his campaign 'a team of mavericks' (which makes no sense anyway), according to the NYT the real Mavericks have taken serious umbrage at this. And who, exactly, do I mean when I say the real Mavericks? The reference is to the family whose last name became synonymous with the idea of not being associated with a brand. This comes from one of the Maverick family, a certain Samuel Augustus Maverick, who moved from the East Coast to Texas and became famous there for not branding his cattle. Those cattle were then referred to as 'mavericks'.
The best part of it is that the Maverick family apparently has a great progressive history. According to the New York Times article the Mavericks are
"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."
Since then they have been heavily engaged in progressive politics with one member even having been part of the Roosevelt administration. Combined with the McCains for Obama movement of people with the last name McCain who are voting for Obama, this serves to take away a lot of the mystery and magic of this candidate's self-created image.
I love it.