In what has become an unlikely classic holiday movie, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) foils the bad guys’ machinations. While scuttling their devious plans, the “Die Hard” protagonist describes himself as “just a fly in the ointment. … The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the a--.”
Lacking a fictional John McClane this Christmastime, America’s lonely eyes may turn to an equally smart-alecky ex-Navy fighter pilot named John McCain. Whether it’s standing up to the bad guys (Russia) or just generally serving as the “fly in the ointment,” Sen. McCain seems well-cast to play the role of maverick in the real-life drama playing out before our eyes.