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US Fears Over McCain's Fiery Temper
news.sky.com ^ | May 14, 2008 | Keith Graves

Posted on 05/14/2008 5:12:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate to become the next US president, is prone to uncontrollable fits of rage which those in his camp worry could be a liability, both in November's election and the job itself.

His wife has defended his outbursts as signs of "passion". But even some of his friends and supporters worry that displays of irrational anger could prove disastrous if he became the most powerful man in the world, with a thermonuclear arsenal at his fingertips.

A member of one of Washington's most respected Republican families told Sky News: "Everyone in Washington's political circles has a McCain story - a moment when they have suddenly witnessed him losing it for a few seconds.

"He flies off the handle without warning."

Stories of Mr McCain's flashes of temper are not new, which is why his wife recently felt obliged to defend him with the "he feels passionately about some things" comment.

But it has not quieted the concern that a man who may sometimes behave irrationally could soon occupy the Oval Office.

Some McCain supporters excuse his outbursts as a result of his years of torture as a prisoner of the Vietnamese more than 30 years ago.

That experience should make the Pentagon brass the senator's natural allies, but generals as high as the joint chiefs of staff have privately expressed concern about having Mr McCain as their commander-in-chief.

One was recently quoted as saying: "We really do not want someone calling the shots who reacts either in anger or passion.

"Decisions need to be taken dispassionately."

An American reporter who accompanied Mr McCain when he returned to Vietnam for the first time since he was a prisoner of war there tells a story of a Vietnamese boy who approached the senator and tugged at his arm to attract his attention.

"McCain lost it for a few seconds," he said.

"It was unexpected and irrational. Fortunately for him, there were no cameras rolling. His staff said he was tired. He was certainly aggressively angry," the reporter told Sky News.

Once the Democrats have settled on their candidate for November's presidential election, the campaign is likely to become nasty and personal, and Mr McCain's behaviour will come under much closer scrutiny.

Barack Obama is favourite to get the nod, even though Hillary Clinton has scored a crushing win in West Virginia's primary.

Senator Clinton vowed to fight on after routing her rival by 67% to 26%.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; gop; mccain; rage; temper
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1 posted on 05/14/2008 5:12:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bingo!

It’s my #1 concern. He’s got screws loose upstairs, he’s not that bright, and he isn’t a conservative. Imagine why a lot of people won’t vote this go around...


2 posted on 05/14/2008 5:18:38 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did you ever see the tape of Bill Clinton in 1992 when he was told (falsely) that Jesse Jackson had endorsed Harkin instead of him? But somehow Bill’s temper wasn’t a problem.


3 posted on 05/14/2008 5:19:01 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rather that than the dithering alternative.

We in the military respect those who can MAKE decisions.

We do not respect those who dither.

Dithering gets far moor troops killed than a quick decision that is not right, more often than not.


4 posted on 05/14/2008 5:20:20 PM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll vote for him precisely for that reason. It is his only real positive quality. If he were in charge on 9-11, Afghanistan might hve been a smoking hole in the ground instead of an open-ended commitment.


5 posted on 05/14/2008 5:21:47 PM PDT by webheart
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is Senator John McCain a known communist sympathizer (worked at ACORN, friends with Bill Ayers, follows Saul Alinsky, etc)? Is he a closet Muslim? Do Gaza Palestinians phone bank for him?! Does his “church” hate white people and say Louis Farrakhan is great?! Does his wife (for all her faults) hate AmeriKKKa? Is he unpatriotic? Is he the furthest left of EVERY senator (even socialist Bernie Sanders)? Did he shirk military service? THINK ABOUT OUR TWO CHOICES!!!


6 posted on 05/14/2008 5:23:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: webheart

When you go to a bar you don’t mess with the crazy guy with the baseball bat.


7 posted on 05/14/2008 5:24:02 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Question_Assumptions

Exactly. How about Hillary’s temper?


8 posted on 05/14/2008 5:24:11 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: wireplay

Pure BS . Are you a Obama operative . I’ve noticed a real uptick in the Obama DU operatives . They always post some pathetic hit piece and then say I am not voting this time . Sure your not , I think you mean , your not voting Republican. Go back to DU world.


9 posted on 05/14/2008 5:27:37 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: plain talk

I’ve heard/read all about Slick’s “purple faced rages.”


10 posted on 05/14/2008 5:30:03 PM PDT by moose2004
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is the MSM start of a long campaign t0 undermine McCains candidacy, because "he came back from being a POW , with a few screws loose, and they are still loose" rhetoric, so that McCAin is crazy, can't be trusted etc.

Tell that shite to men like Chesty Puller.

I do not like McCain, Gang of 14 RINO, but he is all we have, unless he is unseated by a tantrum before the convention.

11 posted on 05/14/2008 5:32:09 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

McCain is polling much better than the dems and the media expected, get ready for coordinated attacks on Mac purely to goad him into losing his cool. If I was Mac and his staff I wouldn’t trust any of the media, none of them, except maybe Britt Hume.


12 posted on 05/14/2008 5:33:27 PM PDT by moose2004
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Juan’s old. Juan has a bad temper. Juan was imlicated in the Keating 5 scandal twenty years ago.

That’s all they have.


13 posted on 05/14/2008 5:34:44 PM PDT by Baladas (M)
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To: ncalburt

You, a member for a few months, are calling someone who has been here for ten years a “troll”?

Pretty mouthy.

Are you going to call Jim Robinson a troll next?


14 posted on 05/14/2008 5:36:30 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a leftist Dem with energized GOP opposition, than a leftist "Republican" with no opposition.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So what are my choices here?

John McCain: A lifetime of service to his country and a bad temper.

Hillary: A lifetime of subtrefuge, political intrigue, and murder.

Obama: A closet Muslim, left of Stalin, friend of terrorists.

Is this a trick question?

15 posted on 05/14/2008 5:36:47 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think maybe it’s time the world had a little more respect for an American President, there are times when a display of temper is worth a thousand words.


16 posted on 05/14/2008 5:37:46 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: wireplay; Politicalmom

Without calling you a troll, consider this - Numbskullism is, by and large, the domain of the libertarian.


17 posted on 05/14/2008 5:40:40 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: wireplay

I am so sick of your type of talk..GOOD, let’s have a President Barack Hussein Obama...the reason we’re in this mess because our side is so freaking lazy..all we do is sit and complain. And I, for one and F**King sick of it.

McCain HAS to win, because the alternative is unthinkable. so shut up, fight for you causes and PRAY.


18 posted on 05/14/2008 5:42:57 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Question_Assumptions

Exactly!!


19 posted on 05/14/2008 5:43:07 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m not a fan of McCain’s, but at least he never drove a car off a bridge and left a woman inside to drown.


20 posted on 05/14/2008 5:43:35 PM PDT by mass55th
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To: webheart
I agree ! So McCain has a temper? Good, I think he would skin that smokewagon! Photobucket
21 posted on 05/14/2008 5:46:46 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: tet68

I agree. I wish GW Bush showed bit more anger. I want a fighter. I don’t give a crap at this point about his “temper.” Wanna see temper? Wait until Barry gives up smoking.


22 posted on 05/14/2008 5:47:24 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Having had some contact with McCain over the years and having been on the recieving end of his volatility a time or two or three I think that it is one of the traits that I can admire about the man. I can say that I never saw or heard of incidents of uncontrolled rage but more of extreme exasperation or irritation. Where I would hold back and look for a diplomatic solution, McCain would barge ahead and say what he thought.

If I said to my employees what McCain said to us or his staff they would have left the room crying and never came back. That was because it would have been uncharacteristic of me. I even thought about developing a more prickly demeanor so that I could add that range of response. I was trying to cajole performance while McCain could just say "Get it done G-damnit". I don't know which style was more effective but McCain's was a whole lot quicker.

23 posted on 05/14/2008 5:47:49 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Frankly, I wish someone would get pretty mad and win this freakin’ war we’re in with Iran and the rest of these nutjobs in the Middle East.

The thought of Clinton/Obama having 4-8 years to appease our enemies is scary enough to get me pretty angry.

McCain is waaay far to the left of my expectations for POTUS, but he is still light years to the right of the alternatives on the most important issue (islamic terror).

But if he starts up with the stupid global warming hoax nonsense one more time, I may explode on the way to vote!


24 posted on 05/14/2008 5:55:36 PM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Let him rave on that men may know him mad.")
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To: Politicalmom
Give that tired attack a rest. People have been deeply embedded here for a decade.
I just have a new login name .
Big deal. I Maybe longer point here longer than you ? I don't really care.
I am fed up with these McCain haters going around finding every hit piece in the world media and then promoting the strategy to not vote based on these phony leftist propaganda. I read the same I am not voting non sense peddled by the same people in 2006 and 2004 .
Its abut time someone called them out on it !
The alternative is to let the Moveon.org Congress and Obama take over all three branches of govt and give them three supreme court picks and destroy this country!
25 posted on 05/14/2008 5:57:45 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

After His global warming rant, just another tale told by an idiot.


26 posted on 05/14/2008 5:59:21 PM PDT by plangent
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Between this one and the NYT’s hit piece, I'd say that George Soros’ 40 million dollar media smear campaign is now operational.

McCain's got a raging temper? Bet those evil SOBs in Iran and North Korea would wet their pants if McCain gets his finger on the button!

27 posted on 05/14/2008 6:00:35 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: plain talk

Has McCain ever hurled an ashtray?


28 posted on 05/14/2008 6:01:06 PM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: MARTIAL MONK

” I was trying to cajole performance while McCain could just say “Get it done G-damnit”. “

John McCain said “ If they want a fence, I’ll give them a fence.”

BULLSHIT. He has not lifted a finger to get a border fence.


29 posted on 05/14/2008 6:01:41 PM PDT by mirkwood (I will never vote for McCain)
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To: ishabibble

Your right . Its the Media Matters clown carefully planting stories overseas that spread to the US leftist media .


30 posted on 05/14/2008 6:03:30 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm not a McCain supporter, but I would rather have a president that our enemies truly feared would go medieval on their ass rather than someone named Hussein who would kiss their ass.
31 posted on 05/14/2008 6:04:03 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: ncalburt

This is NOT a Republican website. Those of us who won’t vote for McCain have every right to say so.


32 posted on 05/14/2008 6:07:03 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a leftist Dem with energized GOP opposition, than a leftist "Republican" with no opposition.)
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To: Kandy Atz
Let me know when you are voting so I can steer clear of that explosion...

I guarantee McCain is going to beat the GW hoax like a drum.

33 posted on 05/14/2008 6:07:41 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: bill1952

If you remember, one of the reasons Nixon invaded Cambodia was to maintain a degree of unpredictability. McCain has it built in.


34 posted on 05/14/2008 6:07:50 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
McCain is a seething cauldron of almost uncontrollable anger. I have met and discussed this with several of his targets. They all said the same things. There are no tells about when he is about to go off. There is no “list” of specific subjects to stay away from. Almost to a one his targets are the people that make the world work or work for him. He rarely pops off at his colleagues except for a couple of specific incidents. He will go on tirades for extended periods of time. If you are one of his victims you need to change jobs and get away from him, he never forgets and will lay it on again later.
35 posted on 05/14/2008 6:09:51 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Get off my lawn you damn, dirty kids!
36 posted on 05/14/2008 6:10:47 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit.)
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To: redstateconfidential
Gee Im so afraid of someone who has a temper in the WH ....cant we get this guy?...


37 posted on 05/14/2008 6:15:45 PM PDT by woofie
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To: woofie
YES WE CAN! Obama Camping
38 posted on 05/14/2008 6:19:16 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: wireplay

I hope he wins and unloads daily on senators, congresscreatures, bureaucrats, communists, mohammmedans, lawyers and other scum. They need frequent dressing downs.


39 posted on 05/14/2008 6:25:22 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: Candor7
"I do not like McCain, Gang of 14 RINO, but he is all we have, unless he is unseated by a tantrum before the convention."

"Please, God, show us your favor and save us from that flatulent, leftist CINO."

40 posted on 05/14/2008 6:26:51 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Ronald Reagan's single biggest mistake: Picking Poppy Bush to be his veep.)
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To: Politicalmom
So your an Obama drone . That makes sense .
41 posted on 05/14/2008 6:44:19 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Politicalmom

Regarding your tagline, what happens if Obama is elected with a fillibuster-proof congress?


42 posted on 05/14/2008 6:47:48 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: ncalburt
Its abut time someone called them out on it !

What's new!

You McCain shills have been calling people on it for months.

CharacterCounts - embedded since 9/11/1998.

43 posted on 05/14/2008 6:52:04 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (When you discover rats in your house, you only have two options - fumigate or tolerate.)
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To: ncalburt

Sorry bud but I have been supporting this website for a long time, mainly financial, and I don’t post much. I vote conservative with my pocketbook and don’t need you to define me.

You vote McCain and I will vote for my favorite: Eugene the Mule. My buddy’s mule will make a great president. My buddy and I have decided he will be a better choice than the alternatives.


44 posted on 05/14/2008 7:06:27 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: ncalburt

Count the owner of this website as a McCain hater as well (prayers for Jim and his family...).

And as for leftist media, McCain’s temper outbursts have been discussed by his own fellow Senators! Including Republicans! Give it a break.


45 posted on 05/14/2008 7:10:20 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: mathurine

Add CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, and a few others. That should get a few votes.


46 posted on 05/14/2008 7:14:37 PM PDT by jch10
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To: bill1952
"I'm not a McCain supporter, but I would rather have a president that our enemies truly feared would go medieval on their ass rather than someone named Hussein who would kiss their ass.

There it is....plain and simple. Let diplomacy evolve from respect or fear. I'll take either one.
47 posted on 05/14/2008 7:21:33 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: muleskinner
Without calling you a troll, consider this - Numbskullism is, by and large, the domain of the libertarian

Wow! A McCain supporter calling everyone else stupid. What a shock! No one defends McCain: they only state that Obama is worse.

Let me introduce you to a word I teach my children about: principles.

One principle: don't berate people, be a gentleman. A second: don't reward bad behavior: let people live with the consequences of their actions.

48 posted on 05/14/2008 7:22:54 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: Hildy
because our side is so freaking lazy..all we do is sit and complain

No, in fact, we keep voting RINOs in and they keep stabbing us in the back. At some point it is time to say "I've had enough."

As I have stated, voting for John McCain will be like letting Lucy hold the football again. Do you really think she won't pull it away at the last moment!?!

49 posted on 05/14/2008 7:28:24 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I seem to recall one of the current candidates was once described as being prone to throwing household appliances at family members (well, one family member, to be precise). It wasn’t John McCain.

McCain has flaws, to be sure. I’m not sure his bad-ass attitude is one of them.


50 posted on 05/14/2008 7:33:01 PM PDT by RichInOC (McCain '08: I'm Not Too Old. They're Too Young.)
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