Tuesday, August 26, 2008


The Democrats are starting to make McCain's bad temper an issue, as it should be, no matter what Elisabeth Bumiller thinks. It's very important to note, as Sen. Boxer did, that several of McCain's GOP colleagues in the Senate also think his temper makes him unfit to be President and it's not just his colleagues. One of the men who McCain was a POW with also said he has a bad temper.

Democrats take aim at McCain’s temper
By DANIEL W. REILLY 8/26/08 4:09 PM EST
DENVER — John McCain’s Democratic colleagues in the Senate are zeroing in on his oft-discussed temper, questioning whether the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is too volatile to be commander in chief.

In separate interviews with Politico on Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said they have seen McCain “explode.”

“He has a huge anger problem,” Boxer said. “And he never hid that. ... I have seen it happen on the Senate floor many, many times. … He has exploded at me a couple times.”

Boxer said McCain has always apologized after the dust-ups. Nonetheless, she insinuated that McCain’s temperament makes him unfit for the White House.

“It’s all well and good to apologize,” Boxer added, “but if you are in charge of that black box, I worry about that.”

Durbin noted McCain’s temper is “well documented,” saying that he had been on the receiving end of it for what he considered “minor things.”

“I was in a confrontation with him … and he was quick to explode,” said Durbin. “It simmered for a long time.”

Boxer pointed out that many of McCain’s GOP colleagues have also spoken out about his volatility, highlighting an incident told to the Biloxi Sun Herald by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

Max Bergmann at HuffPo has more examples of people testifying to McCain's disfunctional temper and I especially liked this one:
Conservative Bill Bennett said McCain was irresponsible and intemperate. "William Bennett, the former education secretary, the prominent conservative who came very close to endorsing you a few days ago, called some of your comments irresponsible and intemperate. He talks about an emerging pattern with you in which -- and this is a quote -- "you portray those with whom you disagree as not just wrong, but wicked." [CNN, 3/2/2000]

The "wicked" part makes McCain seem just as extreme as Tammy Bruce.

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