George W. Bush also found it easy to dominate McCain, and has done so for the last eight years; Bush is a dominating fellow, there is no doubt about it. No one tells him what to do; the likes of Cheney get what they want by whispering in Bush’s ear, by tapping into Bush’s dominating presence, not by telling him what to do.
One thing, about McCain’s staying in the prison camp in Vietnam. It has seemed to me for a while that McCain, unless he were a more forceful and self-assured personality (which isn’t always a good thing), would have had no real choice. He never would have been able to stand before his father or any number of people again; that was scarier than staying. McCain’s bravery in that place benefitted from his relative submissiveness.
Sarah Palin is another story. She has the same kind of ill-founded self-assurance that Bush Junior has. That’s not good, especially since she isn’t merely a phony end-timer, like Bush.