It turns out the word maverick came from an actual person named Maverick who didn’t brand his cattle. His family is still around and has included civil rights lawyers, accused communists, & a member emeritus of the San Antonio ACLU. That is, not people who are voting for John McCain, but they also object to him calling himself one.
Ms. Terrelitta Maverick, now 82, says, about John McCain: â€œHeâ€™s a Republican,â€ she said. â€œHeâ€™s branded.â€