POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Klein (American Prospect): John McCain’s anger problem

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 17, 2008

Ezra Klein writes in The American Prospect …

  • The most telling poll result from last night’s debate was a subquestion asked in a poll conducted by CNN. “Who spent more time attacking during the debate?”  
    • 7 % said Barack Obama. 
    • 80 %  said John McCain.
  • John McCain has an anger problem. He has not lost his temper at a questioner, blown up at a reporter, or exploded during a debate. 
  • Rather than a swift detonation, McCain has settled into a slow burn. He seethes. His debate performances have been shot through with contempt and resentment.
  • Last night’s meeting, however, was McCain’s worst: The seated setting led to split-screen coverage, and McCain’s face was alive with fury. He grimaced and smirked and sighed. He rolled his eyes and bulged his neck and shook his head. What he said aloud was not nearly so damaging as what his expressions silently betrayed. And so he lost.
  • John McCain’s best moment in last night’s debate came when he heatedly declared, “Senator Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.” 
  • So too should John McCain. But he did not run four years ago, nor accept John Kerry’s offer of a partnership. And so the only man John McCain really has cause to be angry at is himself.

Read the entire article at … http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=john_mccains_anger_problem

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