OK, I take it back. Read this article from 2002 in the Washington Monthly and then see what you think. McCain has indeed been a fish out of water in the Republican party for a long time. The article describes him as a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican” which isn’t a bad way to put it. It’s still going to be a bit freaky if Edwards and others get passed over for a Kerry/McCain ticket, and there’s a ton of issues to consider, but it’s not as wacky as I imagined.