Anger Management

Senator John McCain lacks the temperment to become president.  Its well documented.  But whenever he gets all warm and fuzzy talking about his POW experience, its time to remind the people that this man is a loose cannon.  This story was published in many McClatchy Newspapers today.

From the article:

In January, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., told The Boston Globe that, “the thought of (McCain) being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” (Cochran has since endorsed McCain.)

“There have been times when he’s just exploded, ” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

“Look, around here, people lose their tempers once in a while. But it doesn’t happen very often, and it usually happens in some contextual framework. A lot of times there’s just not much of a contextual framework for his blowing up.”

John Raidt worked for McCain more than 15 years. “Yeah, he could get prickly,” he said. “Sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed to move an issue or get attention. I think he uses it as a tool.”

Stories abound on Capitol Hill: How McCain told Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., how “only an a-hole” would craft a budget like he did. Or the time in 1989 when he confronted Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, then a Democrat and now a Republican, because Shelby had promised to vote for McCain friend John Tower as secretary of defense, and then Shelby voted against Tower.

Cochran recalled earlier this summer that he saw McCain manhandle a Sandinista official during a 1987 diplomatic mission in Nicaragua.

Cochran told the Biloxi Sun-Herald that McCain was talking, and, “I saw some kind of quick movement at the bottom of the table and I looked down there and John had reached over and grabbed this guy by the shirt collar and had snatched him up like he was throwing him up out of the chair to tell him what he thought about him or whatever.”

The story also recounts, that as a child, McCain would hold his breath until he passed out when he didn’t get his way. 


  6 comments for “Anger Management

  1. junior
    September 8, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Wow !! These quoted comments sound very similar to what many were saying about Ronald Reagan before his landslide election. What qualifies as a landslide now – 52% ?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    September 8, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Junior – when Bush won 51 to48 percent in 2004, the Republicans declared it a “mandate.”

  3. junior
    September 8, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Dan C.- right !
    52% is a “landslide” now days. It is a shame that Clinton never cracked 50%.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    September 8, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Your point Junior? Clinton left office with a higher approval rating than Reagan; and he left us with a budget surplus, allies, and lots of good jobs. Have you forgotten that W has been president for the past 8 years?

    Stick to the topic of the post Junior.

  5. cook
    September 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Has the world gone “MAD”?

    That 64 year old homeless woman who was going to kick butt on ward #3 stop by yesterday and registered to vote.

    She had told me before that if Clinton was nominated as the democratic choice, she would vote this year.

    I was a little surprised she registered as a GOP’er, she is another one in California for the A-team.

  6. Lefty
    September 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hair trigger temper (hasn’t mellowed-out at 72?) & finger on the “red button” … makes sense to some … I guess …

    So maybe the “retraining” of displaced workers sound-bite that JM likes to refer to, is to build a larger military … so we can assert ourselfs more around the world …

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