I used to think John McCain was a half-way decent person, especially when he called Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson agents of intolerance.
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.
But that was eight years ago. Since then, he's backtracked on almost all his "maverick" (for a Republican) stances, including sucking up to the fundamentalists.
He's no leader. He's just a panderer now.