In the VP debate last night, and on other occasions, Governor Palin as referred to the McCain-Palin ticket as a “team of mavericks”. A team of mavericks! Almost a contradiction in terms. A maverick is, literally, a cow that does not stay with the herd. So, a team of mavericks is like a herd of cows that don’t stay with the herd.

I suppose if anything approaches a team of mavericks it’s that Hollywood fantasy: The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, Ocean’s Eleven, etc. A group of cussed loners and anti-social jerks forced to work together for some glorious end. That’s probably the image Palin wants to evoke. But the members of such groups either come to grief, or realize they’re not such loners after all.