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For all his gregariousness, McCain was at heart a loner. He was a pilot, a solo fighter jock, not an admiral of the fleet; in the Navy he had relatively little command experience, aside from running an air wing of replacement pilots after he returned from Vietnam. A military brat who moved around with his family, McCain had never been in any one place for long. Called a carpetbagger when he first ran for Congress from Arizona in 1982, he snapped back sarcastically that he would have appreciated the luxury of “growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things.
A dour-looking man, Weaver was called “Sunny” by the wisecracking candidate. Love is not too strong a word to describe what Weaver felt for McCain. But by the spring of 2007, the two men were quarreling incessantly. “Every day was a struggle with John,” Weaver later recalled. “Every phone call was an argument, an awful argument, and I talked to him 18, 19, 20 times a day. ” The chief “ginner,” Weaver suspected, was Davis, stirring up Cindy McCain and the candidate himself. By summer, McCain had less cash on hand than Ron Paul, the libertarian cult candidate.
Salter wanted to believe that the Times editors were “grown-ups,” as he put it to Schmidt. The accusations were too flimsy and the Times was too reputable. “I know them,” he told Schmidt. “They’re adults. ” Schmidt was not so sure. He regarded himself as a realist about the media: he was willing to use reporters and even be used by them. He regarded the media as a problem needing vigilant attention. Even the friendliest reporters, the ones whose company he enjoyed at hotel bars, could be expected to turn on the campaign.