In watching the grand drama of the American election play out, it’s interesting to look at the candidates’ Character Type. John McCain is a classic Power of Idealism character.
John McCain’s campaign slogan during the primaries was: “Never Surrender.”
The words McCain and others use in describing him and his campaign are: courageous, hero, honor, valor and maverick. When he is criticized his opponents often use words like: hot-tempered, cranky, loose cannon, temperamental and stubborn. These are the keywords in describing or deriding a Power of Idealism character.
Power of Idealism characters often play the role of the rebel, the outsider, the iconoclast or the maverick. That has always been McCain’s role in the Republican party. He has prided himself (whether true or not) on his independence, autonomy and straight talk.
His statement on his current campaign his website is: “I am running for President of the United States because I believe in the greatness of this nation as a beacon of goodwill throughout the world.”
These characters often look to the greatness of a more glorious and noble past. Their stories often take place at the end of an era. McCain harks back to what he sees as a nobler era of American world dominance.
He views patriotism in terms of traditions and symbols. That’s what the whole flag pin controversy is about. How can you respect flag and country unless you display it proudly?
Barack Obama is a Power of Imagination character and sees his role, the country and patriotism very differently. I did a detailed analysis of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton in a previous newsletter.