Superstition Ain't The Way

I’ve heard a lot about how superstitious John McCain is, but I’m a little surprised that he’d tell the building that houses his campaign offices to redo their elevator labels like this. (via Mark Kleiman)

For the lowdown on McCain’s economic plan, we turn to Doug Holtz-Eakin, the bearded, balding former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, now McCain’s chief economic advisor. We meet at campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., in a conference room on the M floor — M for McCain. (M is one above 12. The whole floor was renamed and relabeled by the campaign, right down to the buttons on the elevators. McCain is superstitious, his spokeswoman explained; it’s a fighter-pilot thing. But isn’t M the 13th letter in the … ? Never mind.)

I’m not sure if it’s a “fighter-pilot thing,” so much as it’s a bizarre thing.

Consider what we’ve learned about McCain’s superstitions:

* McCain believes it’s bad luck for someone to hand him a salt shaker.

* McCain believes it’s bad luck to throw a hat onto a bed.

* McCain regularly carries 31 cents in lucky change in his pocket.

* McCain carries a lucky feather, a lucky compass, a lucky penny, a lucky nickel, a lucky quarter, and a laminated four-leaf clover.

* McCain believes it’s bad luck to pick up a coin if it isn’t heads up.

* McCain’s been known to have an aide carry his lucky pen at all times.

And now he’s having the elevator labels changed in his campaign’s building. I have no idea how the typical person responds to this, but I find it kind of odd.


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