Sunday, April 20, 2008

The democratic National Committee is running this ad. It is a doozy.

Also, The Washington Post has an article about John McCain's temper. Or as Steve Benen says Senator Hothead.

A couple of months ago, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, one of John McCain’s conservative Republican colleagues and a man who’s worked with McCain for years, raised serious doubts about McCain’s temperament. “The thought of him being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Cochran said. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”

Cochran’s hardly alone. A wide variety of Republicans have expressed concerns about McCain’s temperament for years, and worries about his temper have even led some military officials to express their concerns about his disposition publicly.

And yet, this has been an issue that’s gone largely unreported over the course of the campaign. I was delighted, therefore, to see the Washington Post’s front-page story on McCain’s “volcanic temper” today. Many of the anecdotes are familiar, but a few are new to me. For example, I hadn’t heard about how he treated state GOP officials the night he was elected to the Senate.[..]

On top of all of this, he nearly came to blows with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) of Iowa and Sen. Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama; he tried to intimidate former Sen. Bob Smith (R) of New Hampshire; and he’s screamed obscenities at everyone from Sen. John Cornyn (R) of Texas to Sen. Pete Domenici (R) of New Mexico. He even explodes in international settings.

Is this really the character trait the U.S. needs in a leader during a war? In the event of a crisis, do we want a leader known for his rage-induced tirades and unstable temperament?

If he were a democrat the media would probably say "Panama Jack sure has a hot Latin temper." John McCain was born in Panama. They could get digs in for the price of one.

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