Skip to comments.US Fears Over McCain's Fiery Temper
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%.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
When you go to a bar you don’t mess with the crazy guy with the baseball bat.
Exactly. How about Hillary’s temper?
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.
I’ve heard/read all about Slick’s “purple faced rages.”
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.
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.
Juan’s old. Juan has a bad temper. Juan was imlicated in the Keating 5 scandal twenty years ago.
That’s all they have.
You, a member for a few months, are calling someone who has been here for ten years a “troll”?
Are you going to call Jim Robinson a troll next?
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?
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.
Without calling you a troll, consider this - Numbskullism is, by and large, the domain of the libertarian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
After His global warming rant, just another tale told by an idiot.
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!
Has McCain ever hurled an ashtray?
” 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.
Your right . Its the Media Matters clown carefully planting stories overseas that spread to the US leftist media .
This is NOT a Republican website. Those of us who won’t vote for McCain have every right to say so.
I guarantee McCain is going to beat the GW hoax like a drum.
If you remember, one of the reasons Nixon invaded Cambodia was to maintain a degree of unpredictability. McCain has it built in.
I hope he wins and unloads daily on senators, congresscreatures, bureaucrats, communists, mohammmedans, lawyers and other scum. They need frequent dressing downs.
"Please, God, show us your favor and save us from that flatulent, leftist CINO."
Regarding your tagline, what happens if Obama is elected with a fillibuster-proof congress?
You McCain shills have been calling people on it for months.
CharacterCounts - embedded since 9/11/1998.
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.
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.
Add CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, and a few others. That should get a few votes.
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.
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!?!
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.