The fight for the presidency has left John McCain's reputation battered and bruised, but Christopher Beam of Slate suggests six steps the senator should take to return to glory.
- Remeet the press. The bad blood between McCain and the media can be removed if he stops clamming up and "goes rogue" again.
- Acknowledge his mistakes. McCain has owned up to his mistakes in the past and he would win respect by admitting campaign missteps—perhaps starting with his choice of a certain Alaskan.
- Piss off Republicans. With the need to win the GOP base gone, McCain can go back to his mavericky ways.
- Be funny. McCain is liked for his sense of humor, and a chuckle over his campaign's worst moments would show America he's not bitter.
- Reach out to Obama. Grace in defeat must extend beyond the concession speech to reaching across the aisle.
- Write a campaign memoir. McCain is at his best when telling stories, and an unvarnished account of the campaign would be a must-read.