October 31 is Halloween. It reminds me of John McCain.
Over the course of a long, storied political career he learned to play many roles. Crossing the aisle and back again, in quick succession seeking the Democrat V.P. nomination and the top-of-the-ticket position in the GOP, He mastered the art of opposing “amnesty” while embracing “comprehensive immigration reform” for example; he kept changing costumes. He was a master of disguise.
But his masterpiece performance was his comic pose as a zombie: spine erect, eyes wide, arms stiffly extended to display his hands gnarled into claws.
Audiences loved it… and it became a fixture of his personal appearances on the dinner circuit, much like Rodney Dangerfield’s “I don’t get no respect!” The crowd always anticipated it and wondered where it would come in his speech.
McCain was in demand for Halloween events even long before his Presidential run (as “the one who could beat Hillary”). And after his presidential campaign he became so identified with the holiday that all he had to do was appear behind a podium and cries went up around the hall: