Angry John McCain

John McCain has been defined as dangerously angry. From talking heads to voters, there’s a festoon of opinion that John McCain looked angry last night.  

From Time

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg ran a dial-group with 45 undecided voters in St. Louis during the debate, polling them before and after to judge how the event changed their reactions to Obama and McCain. The group was mostly middle-aged, split evenly among education and class lines, and was heavily comprised of Bush 2004 voters […]

Both candidates saw their net favorability ratings rise over the course of the evening. McCain started off with a 22-point net and gained 9 points. But Obama went from a 6-point net favorability to plus-45, a shift of 39 points that placed him higher than McCain at the end of the debate (69% versus 62%).

McCain was seen as the more negative of the two-by 7 points before the debate and by 26 points after. The audience did not like it when he went after Obama for being “naïve” or used his oft-repeated “what Senator Obama doesn’t understand” line. When the two clashed directly in the second half of the debate, with Obama repeatedly protesting McCain’s characterization of his statements or positions, the voter dials went down. Voters appear to have judged McCain too negative in those encounters and Obama more favorably.”

This is going to be a hard narrative for McCain to overcome. With less than 40 days left in the election McCain’s campaign has already declared all out war on everyone from Russia to the NY Times. They are widely viewed as dangerously confrontational, and I don’t see how they can successfully reverse this perception in a month’s time without looking like they’re pandering.

While Obama is seen as cool, McCain is seen as angry. Last night solidified that perception of both candidates.

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  1. Go Blue says:

    This is very interesting.

    While voters want to see more emotion of McCain, anger is not the right one.  

  2. Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

    Yes, he has ego, but ego without self assurance comes off as contempt and low self esteem.  

    Contempt for his wife, “How dare she say something negative about me.”

    Contempt for other members of the Senate.  It is widely known that his temper is very misplaced in conversations and debates.  It is almost a contempt about how dare they disagree with him.

    And last night he showed contempt for Barack, by refusing to even look at the man.  As if Barack had no right to be on the stage with him.

    I am not a psychologist, but being raised by a 4 star Admiral dad and a 4 star Admiral Grandfather had to be rough.  My guess is he never measured up in their eyes – graduating damn near last in his class I am sure was seen as a failure in their eyes.

    I would bet he was the son that “let me down”.  His lack of self esteem then comes out as anger. It has his entire life.  My guess it is also the insecurity that brings out his “Maverick” persona.  That combination may have been the reason he ended up as a prisoner of war.

    According to Psychology signs and symptoms frequently associated with the principal symptom of chronic anger are:

    Impatience

    Egotistical and self-centered behavior

    Constant hurrying

    Speaking in a harsh, abrupt manner

    Inability to relax readily

    Verbal aggressiveness

    Free-floating hostility

    Impatience and constant hurrying are both aspects of a general attitude that is called time urgency. It is as if the chronically angry person is in a time pressure cooker.

    Free-floating hostility is characterized by being mad at everybody and everything. The chronically angry person is ready to hurl negative psychological thunderbolts at the slightest provocation. (This is why he has made some really bad decisions and knee jerk reactions) Thus, others are constantly discounted, abused or even insulted. Privately, people are given such labels as stupid, incompetent and lazy (or trollop and cunt).

    Is this what we want for a President at a time when calm and forethought is a must?

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