Saturday, March 08, 2008
Mad Max McSane
"The only thing we have to fear, is anger itself..." (apologies to FDR).
At least this is the view of several experienced military officers who "expressed serious doubts about whether McCain has the right temperament to be the next president and commander in chief. Some expressed more confidence in Obama, citing his temperament as an asset."
In "It's 3 a.m. Who do you want answering the phone" (Salon), Mark Benjamin makes the opposite case McCain spinners have tried to peddle.... that Hillary Clinton's children-sleeping-phone-ringing-in-White-House ad actually highlights John McCain's strength.
"It is not difficult in Washington to find high-level military officials who have had close encounters with John McCain's temper, and who find it worrisome.... McCain has, at times, come across as out of control."
Interestingly, "Stephen Wayne, a political science professor at Georgetown who is studying the personalities of the presidential candidates, agrees McCain's temperament is of real concern. 'The anger is there,' Wayne said. If McCain is the one to answer the phone at 3 a.m., he said, 'you worry about an initial emotive, less rational response.'
"Most recently, Wayne has been studying Clinton's personality. 'I just gave a presentation on Hillary's temperament for the presidency. I came to the conclusion that it is not really a good presidential temperament, with one caveat -- if you compare it with McCain's' "
And, the prickly Senator is on the receiving end of outrage too.... "Angry Boeing supporters target McCain." (WashingtonPost)
Chicago-based Boeing lost a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract to European Airbus, and... "Boeing supporters in Congress are directing their wrath at McCain.... for scuttling an earlier deal that would have let Boeing build the next generation of Air force refueling tankers. Boeing now will miss out on a deal that it says would have supported 44,000 new and existing jobs at the company and suppliers in 40 states."
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) points out... "Having made sure that Iraq gets new schools, roads, bridges and dams that we deny America, now we are making sure that France gets the jobs that Americans used to have... We are sending the jobs overseas, all because John McCain demanded it."
Seems like the Straight Talk Express is prone to road rage. Unbridled anger has its place, but that place isn't in the Oval Office, or even the Senate where McCain's bullying tactics are costing Americans precious jobs.