Peeking Inside the Engine of the Straight Talk Express

senator john mccain.gifFortune recently conducted some interesting interviews with a dozen newsmakers, asking them for the secrets to success and productivity in our fast-moving, high-tech world. One of the interviewees was everyone's favorite wild-card Senator, John McCain.

According to McCain, "The hardest thing to do is to establish priorities." Tell us about it! Should we blog about that raunchy Craigslist ad, or that stupid headline?

Here's the most intriguing part of Ellen McGirt's interview with Sen. McCain:

I read my e-mails, but I don't write any. I'm a Neanderthal -- I don't even type. I do have the rudimentary capability of calling up some Web sites, like the New York Times online, that sort of stuff. No laptop. No PalmPilot.

Reading emails, but not responding -- would that we all could get away with that strategy! (Yes, we know, we never responded to that email of yours from three weeks ago. Please forgive us -- you have no idea what our inbox looks like...)

So McCain doesn't email; but maybe he uses IM? We bet his screenname is "maverick243."

After the jump, a few more fun facts about how John McCain stays on top of the world.

Calling to mind the possibly apocryphal story of President Bush's supermarket scanner wonderment, John McCarin marvels at Moviefone:

[M]y wife has enormous capability. Whenever I want something I ask her to do it... When we go to the movies, she gets the tickets ahead of time. It's incredible.

Okay, McCain may not be a technology guru. But that doesn't mean he's not hip; he'll be making a return visit to the precincts of Comedy Central in the near future:

We decide on a case-by-case basis about whether to do the Sunday shows, if it would have some value to get my viewpoint or knowledge out there. I'm going to do Jon Stewart again, and "The Colbert Report." That's good stuff, an interesting audience for me.

Good stuff indeed. Thanks for the pointers, Senator!

Secrets of Greatness: How I Work [Fortune via CNN]


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