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October 03, 2008

McScary

John McCain seethed a the editors of the Des Moines Register earlier this week. The seething contempt is difficult to watch, especially when you think back to McCain's jovial public persona in the good times. It seems like the stresses of the campaign trail are really getting to him. Look at his posture.

The best part is when McCain snarls that he's not an astronaut, but he knows the challenges of space.

Would you buy a used space shuttle from this man?

The media used to be John McCain's base. Now, we're bothering him. Ten bucks says he takes a swing at a reporter before the campaign is over.

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Ten bucks says Old Geezer Grumpy McStrokeEye blows a vein, gravely hangs on for a few days like the war hero (tm) he is, gaks, and then the GOP has to figure out how to either run Palin or replace her.

Hey! You kids! Get offa my bus!

Boy, I hope none of youze see your shadow when walking outside tomorrow, as you might be quite terrified of the big monster walking beside you.

There's nothing there that would remotely bother anyone without an axe to grind. I'd say the same if Obama was reacting similarly to some Fox guy.

Silly post, silly responses.

Yeah, you could see he was seething. I'm sure he's wondering why President Chickenhawk Clusterfuck got two free passes during his elections, and now when a Republican who's made a genuine sacrifice for his country is running, the media lapdogs have suddenly stopped rolling over and doing tricks? He spent years kissing Bush's ass for this?

Alas, such is life atop the War Crimes, Constitutional Subversion, and Economic Trainwreck Party.

I did appreciate McCain's comment about the dangers of a national health care system, though. I sure wouldn't want our health care system to get all ... bureaucratic ... and mired in confusing paperwork ... or have patients' needs subject to the capricious whims of people mainly concerned with lining their own pockets.

No, I sure wouldn't want that to happen.

Me, I loved it--yet another sign of how the right's skill at projection is veering into positively psychedelic territory. The reference to "Georgetown cocktail parties," coming from this consummate DC insider, was hilarious. The fact that the targets of his snarl were arugula-chomping coastal elitists from that bastion of hipster nihilism, Des Moines, Iowa, was another tasty treat.

Best of all, McCain has clearly abandoned his "base" of mainstream media fluffers in favor of the hardcore nutjobs and twenty-eight percenters (or is it 23 now?). If that means that we'll never have to listen to any more misty-eyed, leg-humping hagiography about this True American Hero from the "liberal media," then it's cause for celebration.

"Best of all, McCain has clearly abandoned his "base" of mainstream media fluffers in favor of the hardcore nutjobs and twenty-eight percenters (or is it 23 now?)."

Bush was certainly able to charm his base and the press at the same time; this is just self-sabotage. McCain seems to be sailing into Nixon territory here.

misty-eyed, leg-humping hagiography

That’s just about the size of it. And now when his press corps lapdogs are no longer begging and thumping their tails on the floor for scraps he treats them like filthy curs. The guy’s never been known for an abundance of gratitude and grace, which is something those who'll vote for him would be well advised to remember.

Phantom writes;
Silly post, silly responses.

Doyle;
I don't agree with your partisan view, but I don't see McCain's anger as a problem here. It's a problem to assert temperament as a defining element of leadership. There are two good conservative counter examples, Lincoln and Churchill, who depressed people and that temperament would not have gotten them elected if it was an election issue. It's perfectly possible the anger we see here is depression masked by anger also.

Secondly this guess work about anger assumes that the job has filters to protect against 'irrationality'. That is perfectly obvious not true. I would rather see any question like this taken up outside of partisan politics as a serious question to ask about how to protect against abusive leadership, but in an election this points to prejudice against feelings in human beings not serious issues of leadership.

McCain admits that he is impulsive and prone to uncontrollable bursts of temper. He's a prima donna who's unsuited to an executive role.

McCain can sulk as much as he wants as a senator, but a president actually has to put on a good face when things aren't going his way.

He's just a nasty, petty, spiteful guy when things aren't going his way. He wouldn't even look at Barack Obama during the debate, or greet him in a friendly way (as Obama tried to do) while they were both back in DC for the bailout vote.

Ten bucks says he takes a swing at a reporter before the campaign is over.

Make it $50 & you're on. USD, naturally.

In the meantime, Rolling Stone has a devastating article that rips McCain's cultivated "Maverick" image to shreds. (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain/)

McCain can sulk as much as he wants as a senator, but a president actually has to put on a good face when things aren't going his way.

Why do you think this is more necessary for a president than a senator? It would seem at first blush that it's the senator who is in a role where colegiality is more important.

It wouldn't shock me if McCain totally loosed it during the Tuesday debate. That would be something.....for the entire nation to see what a baby he is.

Ten bucks says he takes a swing at a reporter before the campaign is over.

It worked for Frank Sinatra. Speaking of whom, now that presidential candidates adopt popular songs as themes for their campaigns, Old Blue Eyes’ oeuvre would be age-appropriate for McCain. Possible tunes might be: "Call Me Irresponsible", "Same Old Song and Dance", "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin”, or, considering his running mate, “Somethin’ Stupid”. Hopefully, by November it’ll be "Here's to the Losers".

Nope, totally not seeing it, and I'm no McCain voter. I hear nervous editors tossing him vague, lefty softballs, and him swatting them out of the way & biding his time. Where's David Yepsen and Mike Glover? They don't ask weak, sidling-up questions like that.

Let's see what happens when McCain takes questions from Helen Thomas. Then we can talk about something, because she knows how to grill a guy with specifics. All this clip tells me is that Mr. Postpostmodern Beardy needs to up his Xanax dosage.

I'm not really seeing the "seething contempt" here. It seems a little low-key, I guess, that's about it.

Lefty questions? Amy, the Des Moines Register endorsed McCain. He would never meet with the editors of a lefty paper.

These aren't vague questions, either. McCain broached the subject of the Straight Talk Express taking a detour and challenged the journalists to cite and example. They came back with those sex ed ads that implied that Obama wanted to teach sex ed to five-year-olds when in fact he supported a bill to teach kids how to protect themselves from sexual predators.

For some reason McCain is defensive about a very specific question: Haven't you been on government health care most of your life?

Not an impressive performance on McCain's part, but the TPM gent's description is just not accurate in terms of body language or emotional content. The only place where McCain was close to loosing it was the question that verged on "So, why did you approve a message that used lies and fearmongering about sex education funding?"

All in all, trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

--Haven't you been on government health care most of your life? --

That's a cutesie-pie asshole journalist comment. Hope they didn't stay up all night thinking of that one.

Most American adults have health care from their employer. McCain, as a Navy and Congress/Senate employee, has had cover from his employer, who here is the US Federal Govt. The point is?

And you wonder why newspapers continue their terminal decline, and why journalists are respected as much as child molesters or congressmen by most people

McCain comes off as nasty and contemptuous. He's meeting with journalists on the record. What's scary is the apparent depth of his animus towards the media, not the threat of an imminent tantrum.

McCain obviously feels entitled to uncritical coverage, just like his running mate Sarah Palin.

It's also disconcerting to see McCain's demeanor degenerate so sharply relative to his usual jovial banter with the press.

The GOP ticket is in no position to disparage cutesy.

And what's wrong with implying that a) McCain has been a Washington politician for just about his whole civilian career, b) That much-maligned government administered health insurance isn't half bad?

Legitimate lines of inquiry, given what McCain has been saying on the trail about what a Washington outsider he supposedly is and how government-run health insurance schemes would put a bureaucrat in every examining room.

No one but no one, is suggesting a national scheme of govt employed doctors and government owned hospitals as is are in force to take care of the military or the congress.

It was a bullshit question. I love hard talk and hard questions, but this was not a good way of phrasing a question at all.

But McCain and Bush are dead set against expanding government-administered health insurance programs like the State Child Health Insurance Program because it represents an expansion of the government's role in health care.

For the last 30 years, McCain has been covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefit System--which is a government-run health insurance scheme which doesn't involve state hired doctors.

Actually, a lot of people are proposing the FEHB as a model for reform, including Barack Obama.

McCain likes to paint himself as a maverick. It's fair to challenge the myth. It's easy to champion the efficiency of the market when you're insulated from the consequences through a cushy federal benefits program.

cutesie-pie asshole journalist comment

journalists are respected as much as child molesters

Well, there you have it from the resident authoritarian: the fourth estate is not merely a subversive fifth column, no; they’re as amoral as child molesters like Barack Obama. (Unless of course they’re obedient mouthpieces of authority like Granma, Pravda, Völkischer Beobachter, or Fox News.)

"But McCain and Bush are dead set against expanding government-administered health insurance programs like the State Child Health Insurance Program because it represents an expansion of the government's role in health care."

I believe Bush actually used the word "principle" in connection with his veto. Yes, some kids will suffer and perhaps even die a preventable death as a result of this; but dammit, where would we be if they got the message they were entitled to the same care as children of admirals and oil men?

cfrost

Sorry that Fox News came into existence to ruin your all libs-all the time gig.

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