Is McCain too angry to lead?

From a columnist on the Des Moines Registry editorial board, where John McCain looked and sounded like he was about to come totally unglued.

He took frequent offense at questions, characterizing them as personal viewpoints of the questioners rather than legitimate topics. True, he was asked some tough, pointed questions about his running mate and his honesty. But America is having those discussions, and you’d expect he’d be ready, not defensive. It takes a thick skin to be president.

McCain says he is angry because “people are angry.” But his behavior suggests it’s more than that. Maybe it’s because his poll numbers are falling, his running mate is being ridiculed and his attempt to play fixer on the bailout failed to launch. Or maybe, 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.

The presidency requires a special temperament. It demands statesmanship with foreign leaders, persuasiveness with Congress and calm assuredness with the public. If McCain is so flustered in an editorial meeting, how would he guide a nation in crisis?

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  1. redstateblues says:

    Arvadonian’s signature line, the quote from Thad Cochran, said the most about McCain’s temper:

    “The thought of [McCain] being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” — Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), who has known McCain for 35 years.  

    h/t Arvadonian

  2. Jambalaya says:

    …he’s not too angry.  He simply too wrong on his policies.  If he were angry in appropriate places, that’d be fine.

  3. Go Blue says:

    McCain and Palin are now enabling their supports to call Obama a “terrorist” and to “kill him.”

    These people are not only unfit to lead our country but are truly dangerous if they believe enabling extremists is the way to win an election.  

    • Cartesian Doubt says:

      That proves he has no repsect for Obama. A true man of honor, even if he disagrees with an opponent, should show respect. “Honorable campaign.” Sure.

      McCain only seems to respect what can get him onto the White House.

      On November 5th, he’ll act genuinely surprised when he loses monumentally. Who’ll he blame then? Sarah Palin?

      • Go Blue says:

        McCain has decided to ignore and “turn the page” on the economy, to ignore the wars, to ignore our failing health care system, and when it comes down to it he’s decided to ignore the American people. He wants to play us for stupid.

        McCain should bow out now and apologize to the American people for running the most dishonest and dishonorable campaign in American history, and Palin should go back to Alaska with her secessionist party former member of a husband.  

        • Cartesian Doubt says:

          Is McCain facing the consequences of the ferocious lies his campaign has been spewing, including the loss of his Senate seat through his resignation/retirement.

          Gov. Palin will be recalled for her ignorance of the needs of Alaskans during the campaign by having all inquiries, including official state inquiries, directed through the McCain campaign.

          I don’t see how anyone in the McCain/Palin campaign can continue to think that they have anything more than a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.

          And beyond all that, they can witness the restoration of America as a respected nation through the leadership of President Barack Obama.

  4. The contrast to the Obama newspaper interviews could not be more apparent.  Obama spends 90 minutes in each of two unfriendly interviews on the Rezko subject and leaves each of the two editorial boards impressed with his honesty, openness, and civility.

    McCain, with his many years of experience in the House and Senate and his time as a POW, can’t seem to keep it locked down for one interview on a range of topics covering both positive and negative points.

    • redstateblues says:

      Obama’s campaign has been about openness and accountability. If his government is half as transparent as his campaign has been, it’ll be a massive improvement over the last eight years.

      Sort of on that same topic: is Palin EVER going to do a press conference? I don’t think she will.

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