AP describes John McCain this way:
Here’s the clincher for me:
A rabble-rouser from his earliest days, John McCain has never been one who likes to be told "no." There's no reason to think a President McCain would be any different. Look for him to throw down the gauntlet in a few high-profile battles - vetoing legislation larded with pork-barrel projects.
He's already promised to make an example of legislators who try to finagle government dollars for pet projects without thorough review, saying over and over, "You will know their names. I will make them famous."
Strengthening Social Security? "Look, it's not that hard to fix Social Security. It's just tough decisions."
Finding Osama bin Laden? "I'll get him no matter what, and I know how to do it."
Financial chaos? "The point is we can fix our economy."
What about the triple challenges of health care, energy policy and entitlement reforms? "We can do them all at once."