As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Monday, April 07, 2008


I know you probably couldn't say this on the radio; I don't know about a radio website. But thought you might want to know that John McCain is a total hothead and fairly unstable, considering that this was a reaction to a pretty playful tweak from the woman who's financed his political career:

John McCain's temper is well documented. He's called opponents and colleagues "shitheads," "assholes" and in at least one case "a fucking jerk."

But a new book on the presumptive Republican nominee will air perhaps the most shocking angry exchange to date.

The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter, which will arrive in bookstores next month, reports an angry exchange between McCain and his wife that happened in full view of aides and reporters during a 1992 campaign stop. An advance copy of the book was obtained by RAW STORY.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Seems a little out of proportion, don't you think? Can you imagine a diplomatic session with this guy?

And while that was back in 1992, there's no indication that McCain's demeanor has softened. After all, this happened over the weekend - and there's probably tape of it:

Sen. John McCain threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the
Iraq war.
“If you like, I will leave,” McCain told the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted.
. . .
Later, the senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.

Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. “Pay a decent wage!” one audience member shouted.

“I’ve heard that statement before,” McCain said before threatening to leave [...]

But he took more questions, including a pointed one on his immigration plan.

McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain’s job offer.

“I’ll take it!” one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. “You can’t do it, my friends.”

What's worse here, the "I'll turn this car around right now" attitude when challenged, or the questioning of the work ethic of BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION UNION MEMBERS, no strangers to difficult labor.

These tapes will get out, and in the cauldron of a political campaign, there's no doubt he'll blow up. And while the media, McCain's base would surely try and shield him from any negative fallout, in the YouTube age it'll be hard to conceal the truth. McCain is unstable and unfit to govern.

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