Friday, May 09, 2008

Do you think having an explosive temper is helpful

For getting things done in a hurry?

Steve Bates of The Yellow Doggerel Democrat discusses McCain's recent jokes about his temper and notes:

Let me get this straight: uncontrolled anger is a virtue, and McCain intends to campaign on it, mocking his questioners who have a legitimate problem with an historically angry man with his finger on the metaphorical nuclear button? How desperate must the GOP be, to run such a man for president? And yet, with the effectiveness of the GOP election theft apparatus, and the media's preoccupation with the angry man, he may well take the office.
Like threatening fellow Congressional members, or cursing at your wife in public or bombing Iran, or returning to finish off what was left undone in Vietnam....

Really nice of you to mock our concerns, McCain. But we've learned not to think it's a laugh to have an uncorked personality in the Oval Office. And if it's you who get to be in the White House, we have to trust your judgment and cool deliberate reasoning.

So making jokes about your temper might be clever and mavericky, but we will no longer be grinning and saying how cute.


Update 5/9: Memorable quotes from here:
"F--- you," he shouted at Texas Sen. John Cornyn last year.

"Only an a------ would put together a budget like this," he told the former Budget Committee chairman, Sen. Pete Domenici, in 1999.

"I'm calling you a f------ jerk!" he once retorted to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.

With Cornyn, he smoothed things over quickly. The two argued during a meeting on immigration legislation; Cornyn complained that McCain seemed to parachute in during the final stages of negotiations. "F--- you. I know more about this than anyone else in the room," McCain reportedly shouted.

crossposted at Rants from the Rookery