Skip to comments.McCain Presidency Would Be a Disaster "Mentally unstable and not fit to be president.”
Posted on 01/29/2008 6:57:21 AM PST by VU4G10
John McCains false charge that Mitt Romney favored a set timetable for withdrawing from Iraq underscores how disastrous a McCain presidency would be.
Any candidate can make a slight misstatement while talking extemporaneously. Hillary Clinton constantly rewrites her own record and has been caught fabricating, as when she made up the story that on 9/11, her daughter Chelsea was going to jog at Battery Park near the towers, where she heard and saw the catastrophe unfold.
But no candidate in this race has gone so far as to baldly fabricate what another candidate has said, as McCain did over the weekend. That same kind of recklessness is evident in McCains explosions of temper, which are meant to intimidate those who do not agree with him or do not support him.
Not naming him at first, McCain said in Fort Myers, Fla., Now, one of my opponents wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster.
Talking to reporters minutes later, the Arizona senator was more direct: 'If we surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do, and withdraw, as Gov. Romney wanted to do, then there will be chaos, genocide, and the cost of American blood and treasure would be dramatically higher.
Asked about the comment, Romney said, Thats dishonest, to say that I have a specific date. Thats simply wrong, he said. That is not the case. Weve never said that.
Romney asked for an apology. Having moved on to Sun City, Fla., McCain said: The apology is owed to the young men and women serving this nation in uniform.
A look at what Romney actually said in an interview on ABCs Good Morning America on April 3, 2007 makes it clear that Romney said the opposite of what McCain claimed he said.
Robin Roberts said to Romney, You have also been very vocal in supporting the president and the troop surge. Yet, the American public has lost faith in this war. Do you believe that there should be a timetable in withdrawing the troops?
Well, theres no question but that the president and Prime Minister al-Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about, Romney replied. But those shouldnt be for public pronouncement. You dont want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until youre going to be gone. You want to have a series of things you want to see accomplished in terms of the strength of the Iraqi military and the Iraqi police, and the leadership of the Iraqi government.
So, private, Robins said. You wouldnt do it publicly? Because the president has said flat out that he will veto anything the Congress passes about a timetable for troop withdrawals. As president, would you do the same?
Well, of course, Romney said. Can you imagine a setting where during the Second World War we said to the Germans, gee, if we haven't reached the Rhine by this date, why, well go home, or if we havent gotten this accomplished well pull up and leave? You dont publish that to your enemy, or they just simply lie in wait until that time. So, of course, you have to work together to create timetables and milestones, but you dont do that with the opposition.
With the exception of Sean Hannity on Fox News, no news outlet fully quoted what Romney actually said on GMA. Thats no surprise. As the New York Times recent endorsement of McCain suggests, the liberal media love him. As a former McCain aide told me, thats because the senator gives reporters total access to him and because he is as liberal as a Democrat on many issues.
On almost every turn on domestic policy, John McCain was not only against us, but leading the charge on the other side, former Sen. Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican, has said.
In a stunning example of the medias slant, the APs Ron Fournier wrote after Romney won in Michigan, The former Massachusetts governor pandered to voters, distorted his opponents record, and continued to show why hes the most malleableand least crediblemajor presidential candidate, Fournier wrote. And it worked.
As for McCain, The man who spoke hard truths to Michigan lost, Fournier said. Of all the reasons John McCain deserved a better result Tuesday night, his gamble on the economy stands out
Not to be outdone, the New York Times ran a story on Jan. 24 headlined, Romney Leads in Ill Will Among GOP Candidates. The story said, In stark contrast to Mr. Romney, Mr. McCain seems to be universally liked and respected by the other Republican contenders, even if they disagree with him.
The evidence to support that claim came entirely from quotes from present or former McCain aides.
While McCain clearly has formidable supporters, and his stand on the Iraq war was admirable, those who have dealt with him over the years have been appalled by his outbursts of temper, a character trait the media have largely ignored.
In endorsing Romney, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known McCain for more than three decades, said his choice was prompted partly by his fear of how McCain might behave in the Oval Office.
The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine, Cochran said about McCain. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he worries me.
He [McCain] would disagree about something and then explode, said former Sen. Bob Smith, a fellow Republican who served with McCain on various committees. [There were] incidents of irrational behavior. Weve all had incidents where we have gotten angry, but Ive never seen anyone act like that.
Defending his bill to give amnesty to illegal aliens, McCain unleashed a tirade on Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who had voiced concerns about the number of judicial appeals illegal immigrants could file under the proposed legislation.
F*** you! McCain said to his fellow senator. I know more about this than anybody else in the room! McCain shouted.
People who disagree with him get the f*** you, said former Rep. John LeBoutillier, a New York Republican who had an encounter with McCain when he was on a POW task force in the House. I think he is mentally unstable and not fit to be president.
Andrew H. Andy Card Jr., President Bushs former chief of staff, told me he has observed McCains outbursts.
Sometimes he was pretty angry, but I felt as if he was putting on a show, Card said. I dont know if it was an emotional eruption or it was for effect," Card said.
Democrat Paul Johnson, the former mayor of Phoenix, saw McCains temper up close. His volatility borders in the area of being unstable, Johnson has said. Before I let this guy put his finger on the button, I would have to give considerable pause.
When I appeared on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show to discuss Newsmaxs disclosures about McCains temper, Carlson said on the air, We got a call earlier tonight from McCains Senate office suggesting that we not do this story. [They were] annoyed about it.
That hint at intimidation is another reason why major media outlets may think twice about revealing what they know of McCains temper, which is widely whispered about in Washington. Yet along with track record, such clues to character are a compass to how a president will conduct his presidency.
Over and over, voters have ignored warning signs of poor character and have overlooked track records, only to regret it once a president enters the White House and becomes corrupted by the power of the office.
When he was a candidate for vice president, Richard Nixon became embroiled in an ethics issue when the New York Post revealed he had secretly accepted $18,000 from private contributors to defray his expenses. It should have come as no surprise that he would end up being driven from office by the scandal known as Watergate.
If we elect a candidate with McCains monumental character flaws, we can expect to suffer the consequences.
Sometimes he was pretty angry, but I felt as if he was putting on a show, Card said. I dont know if it was an emotional eruption or it was for effect,” Card said.
I guess a polished, temperamental, easy-going guy is better than someone who admires the late bombastic Teddy Roosevelt.
If we elect the unstable McCain, the Panderer Huckabee, the flip flopper Romney or the liberal Rudy we are screwed.
In other words, we are screwed.
How true! How scary that he might win the nomination and then assure Hillary’s win. Imagine him and Hillary standing next to one another: This little guy will make Hillary look relatively attractive, calm, dignified, normal, and healthy. The loyal and wronged wife next to the nasty adulterer. If the media could spin President Bush’s ages old DUI, imagine what they could do with John McCain’s long list of scandals.
Rick Santorum has nothing good to say about him either. I won't vote for McCain because I question his sanity and stability. Even if it means a Clinton Presidency...that's why I say we need to stop him NOW.
John McCain is on the brink of becoming the Republican nominee for President. I know that if there is a conservative on the ballot this November I will vote for them, but who will that be? What a mess.
MUST SEE ABOUT McCAINs temper and the way he treats his collegues.
A Top 10 List
Every year, the congressional staffers vote for congressmen. Heres what McCain earns from those who have to work around him.
1. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
2. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
3. Joseph Biden (D-Del.)
Getting votes from both sides, the New Yorker is the subject of the old joke: The most dangerous place in DC is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.
1. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
2. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
3. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
Stevens, known for wearing an Incredible Hulk tie to intimidate friend and foe, and McCain, known to snap at staff when the cameras are off,
1. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.)
2. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
3. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)
Chafees the most liberal member of the GOP. Close behind are McCain, a little less of a maverick as 2008 nears, and Lieberman, a Bush ally on the Iraq war,
So every election year we survey top aides on both sides of the aisleadministrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffsto get their up-close and personal, and anonymous, views.
This year, we sent out some 1,700 ballots and received back a nearly identical number of Democratic and Republican responses. For each we donate $1 to a charity: So Others Might Eat or the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs.
Our survey shows that while there may be lots of partisan backbiting among the senators and House members, their staffers seem far more capable of putting politics aside and making honest judgments. It wasnt unusual for aides in both parties to name one of their own as spineless or give the workhorse nod to someone across the aisle.
JOHN MCCAIN WILL GIVE US AMNESTY FOR OVER 20 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS.
MCCAIN CALLED IT AMNESTY before the American public put him in his place.
McCain called plan AMNESTY in 2003
But in a May 28, 2003, press conference in Tucson, the Arizona senator said Congress should pass a guest-worker program that includes amnesty for illegal workers in the U.S.
I think we can set up a program where amnesty is extended to a certain number of people, McCain said. Amnesty has to be an important part, because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens.
He used the word, noted GOP rival Gov. Mitt Romney during the Fox debate, referring to amnesty.
05/18/2007 - How soon we forget.....
During a meeting Thursday on immigration legislation, McCain and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) got into a shouting match when Cornyn started voicing concerns about the number of judicial appeals that illegal immigrants could receive, according to multiple sources both Democrats and Republicans who heard firsthand accounts of the exchange from lawmakers who were in the room.
At a bipartisan gathering in an ornate meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain complained that Cornyn was raising petty objections to a compromise plan being worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White House. He used a curse word associated with chickens and accused Cornyn of raising the issue just to torpedo a deal.
Things got really heated when Cornyn accused McCain of being too busy campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations, which have gone on for months behind closed doors. Wait a second here, Cornyn said to McCain. Ive been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. Youre out of line.
McCain, a former Navy pilot, then used language more accustomed to sailors (not to mention the current vice president, who made news a few years back after a verbal encounter with Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont).
[Expletive] you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room, shouted McCain at Cornyn. McCain helped craft a bill in 2006 that passed the Senate but couldnt be compromised with a House bill that was much tougher on illegal immigrants.
But no candidate in this race has gone so far as to baldly fabricate what another candidate has said, as McCain did over the weekend.
Hillary did that with Barack Obama--deliberately distorting what he said about Reagan.
How many threads do we need to get going on this today????
I can understand the MSM pushing a McCain candidacy, but what’s with so much of the Republican establishment pushing this misfit?
If McCain gets the nomination, I’m thinking of sending the RNC a copy of my (new) Constitution Party membership with the words “Sic Semper Tyrannus” written across it in large red letters.
He called him Greg Stillson.
“Over and over, voters have ignored warning signs of poor character and have overlooked track records, only to regret it once a president enters the White House and becomes corrupted by the power of the office.”
And that says it all.
After all....It's The Economy, Stupid!" will be the central theme.
This is why I call him Capt. Queeg!
It’s quite possible the Florida voters are electing Hillary as President today.