Maybe it's the fake frozen smile or the road weary walk. Some suggest it's the stiff, arthritic gestures while others find his history of infidelity the reminiscent trait.
The one thing all agree upon is that John McCain and the American tragic figure Willie Loman from Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman are the twin elderly brothers of sad failure and tragic downfall. Like Willie's fantasies of his long gone Uncle reputed to have found his fortune in Alaska, poor John turned to an Alaskan long shot as he shot himself once again in the foot.
Even McCain chillingly invoked the American icon of spent dreams by calling out for him at one of his town halls meetings attended by less people than have ever lived in Wasilla, Alaska. McCain gave a shout out to the crowd:" Willie the Salesman...Where are you Willie Loman? We've got a garden to plant..."
That's when the handlers in the white jackets walked the tired old soul off of the stage.