Last year, for example, on a slow day on the campaign trail, I asked the Original Maverick what movie he'd last seen. "The one about zombies," he said.
"28 Weeks Later?" I asked. "The one about a zombie plague in London that has some not very subtle allusions to Gitmo?"
"Yeah, that one," he said. "I liked the first one, too."
"The one that was sort of about the effects of government-propelled hysteria that happened to come out after 9/11?"
He shrugged. "A lot of those zombie movies are political, you know."
He is a TV buff as well, enthusing over Showtime's Dexter, a program about a serial killer who murders serial killers. Possibly this edginess in his viewing taste is related to the edginess that crops up, on occasion, in his politics. (What's bombing Iran if not extreme?)
After a bit of wrangling, I got John McCain on the phone for a half hour on a Sunday in late August—he was on his way
to church at the time—to discuss matters both political and pop. Is there anything to be learned about this man—who could soon have his finger on the button—from how he wields the remote control?
Sit back, watch the replay, and decide for yourself.
I was surprised to learn that Dexter is one of your favorite shows.
I think it's a very good series. I enjoy Dexter; I enjoy The Tudors. You know, I think I'm pretty normal in my tastes.... Lost, I also like Lost. And Prison Break. I think it's a shame when the guys get out of prison. I thought The Wire was an excellent series. I've also heard that John Adams is excellent—that's my next viewing assignment.