McCain: Erratic, Angry And Desperate

Via TPM, McCain, up close and personal:

Is McCain too thin-skinned for presidency?

John McCain is angry.

You can feel it in the clenched muscles in his throat, the narrowing of his eyes, the controlled tone with which he handles a question he doesn't like, as if struggling to contain something that might spill out. We've seen that body language on TV. But around a Des Moines Register table Tuesday, the anger and tension were palpable. And unsettling.

McCain's volatility has been written and whispered about by staff and Senate colleagues: the mercurial temper, the quixotic outbursts of reproach, then jocularity. But those alleged episodes were behind the scenes. The combative, prickly McCain we saw was seeking the Register's endorsement. . . . [M]aybe, a more worrisome prospect, this is the real McCain - who can't deal with stressful situations without feeling attacked, who lashes out when he feels threatened.

McCain is not fit to be President. More . . .

Watch for yourself:

By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only

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    BTD... (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by Thanin on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:25:16 PM EST
    why dont you do videos?  If Josh Marshall can do it why not you?

    Too much trouble (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:28:36 PM EST
    Hell, I can barely do my own bloggingheads videos.

    But look at how effective this (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:47:39 PM EST
    video is.  Before McCain utters a word, Marshall has already slathered us with spin.

    True (none / 0) (#18)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:49:38 PM EST
    But I was too lazy to find the original video.

    Plus (5.00 / 0) (#19)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:52:54 PM EST
    I despise McCain.

    Tell us something we don't (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:17:56 PM EST
    now. But, aren't you rehabbing Marshall's cred here?

    Marshall (none / 0) (#40)
    by cal1942 on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 01:10:47 AM EST
    has little chance of regaining credibility.  BTD however has established outstanding credibility and he don't need no stinkin' videos.

    Deep down (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by jondee on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:28:23 PM EST
    he knows he's on the wrong side.

    He looks like he needs a spiritual stool softener. And soon.

    heh (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by connecticut yankee on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:29:13 PM EST
    Hope this guy shows up again tommorrow. Nothing better than angry, squawky John McCain to make people worry about his temperment.

    I keep hoping. . . (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by LarryInNYC on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:29:14 PM EST
    for a McCain breakdown on TV, but Obama doesn't seem to want to goad him enough.

    I keep hoping for this too... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Thanin on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:32:06 PM EST
    but thats playing with fire.  Hopefully, and I think this is highly possible, mccain will set off his own fuse.

    As opposed to the female on behalf of the (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:46:01 PM EST
    Des Moines Register.  Talk about hostile questioning.  I'm pretty surprised to see McCain react w/such spunk.  Isn't he supposed to have one foot in the grave?

    "the female"? n/t (none / 0) (#21)
    by rilkefan on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:54:27 PM EST
    Attempting (none / 0) (#41)
    by cal1942 on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 01:14:52 AM EST
    to goad McCain into a blowup might backfire.  It's not worth the risk.

    But I would love to see McCain completely lose it.  

    Maybe if Tom Cruise interrogates him.


    Health care answer was the best. (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by Faust on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:45:27 PM EST
    I've never been an astronaut, but I think I know the challenges of space.

    Oh man that just cracked me up.

    Though, I get his point. I mean, I've never been a politician, but I do have a sense of how to lie through my f#-king teeth.

    PTA: the best. (none / 0) (#20)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:53:20 PM EST
    If I had kissed GWB's behind for 8 yrs (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by ruffian on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:13:03 PM EST
    so I could be president, I'd be mad too.

    Heh (5.00 / 7) (#24)
    by Steve M on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:16:18 PM EST
    James Joyner puts it well:

    In the closing days of 1992, President George H.W. Bush, ordinarily among the most decent, genteel fellows you'd ever meet, was running around calling Bill Clinton and Al Gore "bozos." He simply couldn't believe that he, a war hero, seasoned public servant, and recent winner of the Gulf War, was losing to a draft dodging, dope smoking hick from Arkansas.

    It appears that John McCain has reached that point.

    Indeed (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:24:06 PM EST
    "lashes out?" I don't see it. And I (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by esmense on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:52:17 PM EST
    don't believe Josh does either -- if he did think McCain was over-the top and out of control, and that that was obvious and easy to see, he wouldn't have felt the need to keep popping up to tell us what we were seeing and how all good little liberals should be perceiving reality.

    Of course, I always found the descriptions of Bill Clinton (made by the very same people) as "red faced and out of control" to be, when one saw the tape, pure BS too.

    Does McCain look a bit irritated with questions he doesn't like and make it obvious he thinks the implications and accusations contained within those questions false? That is, does he disagree with the interviewer(s)? Is he terse at times and do his smiles look less than sincere? Yes. But candidates have a perfect right to disagree with and even dislike questions put to them by reporters. And to, within the bounds of polite conduct, show it. Good public behavior often may demand polite smiles, but there is no requirement that they be sincere.

    This is faux outrage that insists that this candidate (but of course not my candidate) is obligated to respond to every question and conduct himself in general as if he is a Miss America contestant. Show some teeth, sweetie! Oh my, he didn't simper enough! As if this every four year exercise is just about charming the media judges and being pronounced the most pretty one.

    What Josh is indulging in here isn't political discourse. It's BS. Just as dishonest as he is ridiculously self-important.

    Sure (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:57:37 PM EST
    I guess the person in the damn room didn't get it either.

    Sheesh, some of you with your McCain love are just pathetic.


    I like real reporting (none / 0) (#37)
    by esmense on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:19:13 PM EST
    And real issues. Not so fond of schoolyard neener neener crap and partisan spin passed out by "reporters."

    I don't think either "love" or "hate" are appropriate emotions to bring to the political arena. I think we should save that for our private lives and people whose personal character we really have an opportunity to know (as opposed to having it interpreted for us by people whose own character we can never know).

    To quote Thomas Jefferson; "I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality. I know too well the weakness and uncertainty of human reason to wonder at its different results. Both of our political parties, at least the honest part of them, agree conscientiously in the same object--the public good; but they differ essentially in what they deem the means of promoting that good."

    McCain won't get my vote because he's wrong. Not because the partisans on my side depict him as a monster or a characterture.


    Indeed (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:25:49 PM EST
    He's the antithesis of Bill Clinton, who is one of

    [t]he confident who relish the chance to make their case.

    Text of McCain attack speech (5.00 / 0) (#11)
    by litigatormom on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:36:40 PM EST
    Boy, that guy has chutzpah! He accuses Obama of being "touchy" about attacks on his character!!!!!

    Lie big. n/t (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by LarryInNYC on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:40:22 PM EST
    Honestly, it doesn't matter anymore (5.00 / 0) (#13)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:41:12 PM EST
    McCain is toast.

    From your mouth (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by litigatormom on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:45:46 PM EST
    to God's ear.

    But you know we're going to have to listen to that c**p tomorrow night....


    Although I've read Bill Clinton has a (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:31:22 PM EST
    famous temper, but quickly gets back on an even keel.  He does seem to be holding back his thoughts before they spill out to become words from time to time.  

    I have to finish listening to L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio on My Space, though, b/4 I watch and listen to this clip of McCain.


    I am always SO out of step (5.00 / 0) (#34)
    by sj on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:04:03 PM EST
    I like that loss of temper.  He took them out of view so some face was saved but let everyone, up and down the line, know that the behavior was not acceptable.

    Of course, I haven't actually seen the footage, but I totally approve in concept...


    Don't you think by the 3rd debate, McCain is going (none / 0) (#3)
    by steviez314 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:27:54 PM EST
    to try and go medieval on Obama?

    Don't you mean Hari Kari? (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 03:30:27 PM EST
    That's a temper? Yikes, ya gotta be (none / 0) (#22)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:04:21 PM EST
    kidding.  Never saw a faculty meeting, huh?

    As for clenched muscles in his throat, I couldn't see them through the wattles.  But then, I've got those myself. :-)

    You just resurrected the painful (5.00 / 0) (#26)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:19:58 PM EST
    memories of too many depositions during which plaintiff's counsel played the angry, ranting part too, too well.  Don't miss it a bit.  

    Come on (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:39:50 PM EST
    Pols do not behave like that. And statesman or stateswomen should never act like that.

    Compare it to Hillary who had real reasons to be angry.


    I've seen pols behave like that (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:18:03 PM EST
    to great effect, including Clinton -- remember "shame on you"?  (Of course, it didn't have the effect it ought to have had, but media were in the bag.)  And remember media going after that racist Bill Clinton for being all "red in he face"?  (That was quoted here, as I recall.)

    I've seen Obama get angry, too -- he gets that grim mouth.  Sometimes the eyes flash.  It's on plenty of videos, if they're still around.  

    It's what they get angry about that is interesting and worthy of analysis.


    What is a wattle? Wrinkles? (none / 0) (#30)
    by Teresa on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 04:46:59 PM EST
    That saggy stuff under the chin (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 05:13:46 PM EST
    or chins, as it were.  Or where the chin used to be before it sags downward . . . with so much else of the anatomy.:-)  

    aka Turkey Neck! (none / 0) (#38)
    by ruffian on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 09:15:57 PM EST
    Maybe after him watching (none / 0) (#39)
    by Lil on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 10:48:34 PM EST
    Bush's petulance for years, he thought this was the way to go.