Saturday, May 10, 2008

Is John McCain "Losing His Bearings"?

The question we need to ask about John McCain is whether he is emotionally stable enough to be president, or whether he is, instead, progressively and implacably "losing his bearings"?
NEW YORK - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that Republican John McCain was "losing his bearings" for repeatedly suggesting the Islamic terrorist group Hamas preferred Obama for president.

That brought an angry response from McCain's campaign, which accused Obama of trying to make an issue of McCain's age.

Age is a touchy subject for McCain, who turns 72 in August and would be the oldest person to be sworn in as president if elected. Yahoo News
That McCain surrogate Joe Lieberman (Lieberman Party :)) sped to John McCain's defense shows the McCain's campaign's fear that this particularly issue will lead to his defeat in November.

In my opinion, John Sydney McCain's age alone should not make him ineligible for the presidency, unless there is strong evidence that McCain's advancing age is exacerbating an already unstable personality. And so we have to review the evidence and ask ourselves, is John McCain mentally stable enough to be president of a nuclear country? Or, is John Sydney McCain "losing his bearings"?

John Sydney McCain ("JiSM") called his wife a "cunt" in front of several reporters. He doesn't deny it.

"McCain's Temper May Become an Issue," says the Washington Post, because John McCain has shown an increasingly explosive temper over the years.

The Washington Post also quoted an editorial from the Arizona Republic, McCain's hometown newspaper, saying,
"If McCain is truly a serious contender for the presidency, it is time the rest of the nation learned about the John McCain we know in Arizona. There is also reason to seriously question whether he has the temperament . . . " WaPost

Even conservative blogs and websites and US Senate colleagues have offered convincing evidence that John McCain has at least one longstanding mental problem: he just cannot control his burning temper:

"I have witnessed incidents where he has used profanity at colleagues and exploded at colleagues," said former Senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee and on Republican policy committees. "He would disagree about something and then explode. It was incidents of irrational behavior. We've all had incidents where we have gotten angry, but I've never seen anyone act like that." Red State Patriot

The Red State Patriot offers a litany of other examples of JiSM behavior showing that he flies off the hook in all sorts of situations, particularly when people make him mad.

Robin Silver and Bob Witzeman, both medical doctors, met with McCain at his Phoenix office to discuss the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel. At the mention of the issue, McCain erupted.

"He slammed his fists on his desk, scattering papers across the room," Silver said. "He jumped up and down, screaming obscenities at us for at least 10 minutes. He shook his fists as if he was going to slug us."

After Silver pointed out that his behavior was inappropriate, "He apologized and was contrite," Silver said.

Indeed, senators joke among themselves about their collection of "McCain Notes" — apologies McCain sends after he has unleashed a tirade. The question on the minds of those who know him is whether a man who seems so out of control should have the authority to unleash nuclear weapons.

"I think he is not fit to be president," said former congressman LeBoutillier. Red State Patriot

Is this all of the evidence? With such a profoundly important decision to make, shouldn't we be looking at the whole record, as well as John McCain present behavior, to discern whether John McCain is "losing his bearings"?


Anonymous said...

Losing his bearings? Ha! The Flip-flop express is all over the road, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, losing wheels and hubcabs, throwing people under and over the bus, and spilling gas & hot air.

I can't wait for an open debate between him and Obama, youtube style, so people can ask him questions about Pastor Parsley, his affair with the lobbyists, the USS Forrester, etc.

Francis Holland said...

It should be quite an event. But, have of American voters don't care about issues, or the do but they're in favor of war, guns, and the curtailment of civil liberties.

That's why Obama's strongest argument may be that McCain is simply slowly but surely losing his mind, and that makes him unstable and dangerous, to us as well as to others.

Anonymous said...

Earlier today, he went off against a 14 year old who wore a t-shirt he didn't like.
Crooks and Liars has the details.

Anonymous said...

Why has no one discussed the obvious?
McCain's imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese surely had long term effects on his physical and mental health. I'm not talking "Manchurian Candidate". Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a reality for many with short-term combat experience. McCain was a prisoner for five and a half years.
McCain's POW experience serves him as a credible spokesman on torture.
But how does that time as a tortured prisoner qualify him to be president?

Anonymous said...

Well, actually a soldier on did discuss that. He said in his Op-ed that because McCain was a POW for so long, he's had some 'damage' I think that's his words, so that he should not be elected president.

As we've seen for the past 3 months since Super Tuesday, his hot temper and pandering to the right can lead people to believe that he's got some PTSD.