POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Jonathan Alter: Senators who know him think McCain is temperamentally unsuited to the presidency

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 15, 2008

Jonathan Alter writes in Newsweek …

  • Given his claims of two decades of “making change,” John McCain’s record of legislative achievement is surprisingly thin. Nothing big on the economy, education, health care, law enforcement or other major issues.
  • One reason for the sparse record is McCain’s history of unpopularity with his GOP Senate colleagues.
  • Part of the problem is McCain’s explosive temper.
  • “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told The Boston Globe in January. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”
  • I’ve spoken to four senators and two former senators in recent weeks who believe Cochran’s concerns are widely shared in the Senate.
  • Five of the six think that McCain is temperamentally unsuited to the presidency.
  • None would speak for the record.


… he knows very little about the economy (which is collapsing).

… he’s erratic and hotheaded.

… he made an impetuous, unvetted choice of “know nothing” Palin for VP.

John McCain is not fit to be President.


To read entire Jonathan Alter article, click … http://www.newsweek.com/id/158767/page/2




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