Everyone knows John McCain is a war hero. And he has a national reputation as straight-talking political maverick. What probably few people realize is that he can be very funny.
Running for political office, of course, means giving speeches, lots of speeches.
In an era in which informality — plain speaking, as Harry Truman titled his autobiography — has replaced the orotund oratorical style of old, humor has become almost a required component of the stump speech.