I miss the media-friendly John McCain - VIDEOS
But I don't care about how McCain treated the news media then compared to what he does now (well, I do, but not for the purposes of this post). What I really miss is the McCain that could have fit in well on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater.
When you see the uptight McCain on stage tonight, it's hard to believe that he's been a guest on The Daily Show more often than anyone else, and when he used to go on the show as a mere senator and not the Republican presidential nominee, he'd roll with Jon Stewart's punches as well as anyone. After the jump is video of an appearance in 2002, where he comes out and immediately has his own comment on the previous silly story.
If you recall, McCain also hosted Saturday Night Live that year, and I remember that he did a pretty good job, even when he was given characters to play. In fact, in one of the most ambitious SNL sketches I've ever seen (it's over nine minutes long, and has three sets!) he plays a fantastically-creepy husband who's invading Amy Poehler's personal space in this Lifetime movie parody:
Just like every other candidate, McCain appeared on TDS and SNL this past spring; on the latter, he did a good job of riding the wave of "he's old" jokes that were permeating at the time. But showing up on a show because all of the other candidates have -- Last Comic Standing? -- isn't the same as coming on a show and playing along, like he used to do.
There's a reason for this, of course: because of equal time regulations, any McCain appearance would have to be offered to the other candidates, as well. But that doesn't mean that when McCain does appear on the show, he has to be so tense. And, if he gets elected, he'll stay away from those shows just like any other sitting President has, citing the desire to not sully the dignity of the office. But, heck, just for once, I'd like to see a sitting President host SNL. Maybe McCain can be the first; he can reprise his fantastic "creepy husband" role.