Tuesday, May 13, 2008

McCain's temper

Just in case anyone missed it out there, the WaPo article on John McCain's temperament is worth the trouble for anybody considering voting this November. As Matt Welch's book, "McCain: The Myth of a Maverick," lays out clearly, John McCain has had a fiery temper from the time he was a small boy. Perhaps at 72 he has it under control-- he's been on reasonably good behavior this year -- but instances of really unconscionable bursts of temper bordering on the abusive haven't been that rare.

Former Republican Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire worries: "His temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind it shoudl disqualify him." His handlers say that as long as no fists fly why should anybody talk about altercations. But there have been several. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley and he came close to fisticuffs. He screamed at Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby. He has cussed out campaign workers and threatened people and tried to get people fired. Not a nice man.

Nothing totally outrageous in the story, but much that is disturbing.

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