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Moody and Innapropriate Behavior from "Keating Five" McCain

Posted by libhom Tuesday, April 08, 2008

John McCain certainly likes corporate interests and war, but that's not the only thing that concerns me about him. Hat tip to It's My Right to Be Left of Center for pointing out this Raw Story article about McCain's disturbing behavior. The article quotes a passage from Cliff Schecter's upcoming book, The Real McCain:

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c___." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

One can and should notice the misogyny. One should also notice the mood swings and inappropriate behavior.

This reminds me of a March interview with The Nation's Robert Dreyfuss on Democracy Now! Most of the interview focuses on John McCain's bellicose foreign policy agenda. However, at the end of the interview, Dreyfuss also comments on his personal interactions with McCain and the perceptions of the politician by others who deal with him on a regular basis.
ROBERT DREYFUSS: Yes, I use that quote, and it says immediately after that that shortly after saying that, Thad Cochran endorsed McCain. So it’s clear that the Republicans are gathering around their leader, despite the fact that many senators, not just Cochran, but many Republican senators view McCain with alarm and not because he’s some sort of closet liberal—it’s true that on some domestic issues he lined up with some Senate liberals—but on foreign policy, they’re are scared of him. And on a personal level, McCain has had a tendency over the years—this is so well known on Capitol Hill—to erupt, to explode, to scream and yell at his colleagues in the Republican caucus, in closed-door meetings behind the scenes, and sometimes even in public. So he has scared a lot of his colleagues, who I’m sure are supporting him, like Cochran did, out of party loyalty, but who’ve said, as Cochran did, that they’re extremely concerned about his temper and his apparent willingness to explode.

And I’ve met McCain up close. I rode around the bus with him nine years ago when he was campaigning in New Hampshire. I found him scary up close. I think when you see him two feet away, he looks like somebody whose head could explode. He’s got a very barely controlled anger underneath his sort of calm demeanor that he seems to almost grit his teeth to keep inside. And I found him very scary personally. And I’m always shocked, I’m always stunned, when media who cover McCain don’t bring that across. He’s not a jolly fellow. He’s not somebody who you want to sit down and have beers with, where I could see people think that about President Bush—he’s kind of an amiable dunce, as someone said about an earlier president. McCain is not somebody I want to have a beer with. I think he’s a really scary guy.

It looks like the start of a pattern.

1 Responses to Moody and Innapropriate Behavior from "Keating Five" McCain

  1. Mauigirl Says:
  2. He always came across pretty affable on the times I'd seen him on The Daily Show. But it sounds as if this is pretty much a surface veneer that comes off very easily. I wouldn't be surprised if he has post-traumatic stress syndrome from his imprisonment and it is triggered very easily by certain things. It is very frightening to think of someone like this possibly becoming president.



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