August 2, 2006


Andy Card: I Have Seen John McCain's Anger (Ronald Kessler, Aug. 2, 2006,

President Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. "Andy" Card, Jr. has observed notorious outbursts of anger first-hand, Card said in his first extensive interview since leaving the White House.

Referring to the Republican front-runner for president, Card said, "Sometimes he was pretty angry, but I felt as if he was putting on a show. I don't know if it was an emotional eruption or for effect."

In a July 5 article, former Senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, "I have witnessed incidents where he has used profanity at colleagues and exploded at colleagues . . . 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."

It's a negotiating tool and will serve him well when he succeeds W, as the Administration obviously means him to.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2006 3:42 PM

Righteous anger is one thing, losing control of yourself is totally unacceptable.

Posted by: erp at August 2, 2006 4:58 PM

Do you suppose he throws lamps at his spouse?

Posted by: ghostcat at August 2, 2006 5:25 PM

If McCain wins the GOP nomination, the MSM will push the meme as hard as it can.

Posted by: Gideon at August 2, 2006 5:49 PM

No way McCain becomes President. If the looking glass breaks and he does, it will be in a Perot erecting Clinton way.

Posted by: abc123 at August 2, 2006 5:57 PM

As McCain's loss in '00 demonstrated--the MSM can't push much.

Posted by: OJ at August 2, 2006 5:58 PM


It's not even going to be much of a contest given a GOP candidate who's popular in places like the NorthEast and CA.

Posted by: OJ at August 2, 2006 6:03 PM


Don't ever do that again! I almost heaved when you typed these two words together - "erect Clinton". EEEEEWWWWWW!!

Posted by: obc at August 2, 2006 6:27 PM

There ya go. McCain's a jerk who no one can stand, but that's really a positive.

Posted by: Pepys at August 2, 2006 6:46 PM

No one on the far Right can stand. Voters like him.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 6:50 PM

A steadily shrinking group of voters likes McCain - those still stuck in the 60s and 70s. His brand of media-focused politics becomes more transparent every year. By 2008, he may look like the emperor with no clothes.

Posted by: pj at August 2, 2006 7:03 PM

And thus, the BrosJudd drinking game was created: Every time OJ says McCain is running, you have to do a shot. Every time David Cohen says "He's not running" [or anything vaguely resembling that]. You have to do a shot.

Hurry up, Cohen. I'm thirsty.


Posted by: John Resnick at August 2, 2006 7:06 PM


Actually, you have to go back to Ike to find a candidate as well kinown and liked across party lines as McCain.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 7:26 PM

He'll run on the same self-loving platform of preen and strut on which every well-paid idle effete Senator runs, but he'll lose; the South likes people who have held real jobs in the several years running up to the primaries. OJ, due to geographical deficiencies, does not grok the whole "man of substance" requirement.

The next president has a history as a governor or a mayor.

Posted by: Palmcroft at August 2, 2006 7:32 PM

When's the last time a senator was elected President? Long long time.

Meanwhile there actually is someone running not named McCain who is quite popular in the NE and CA -- oh, and not despised in the South the way McCain is.

Help me here. I believe his name begins with R and ends with I and in the middle is udiGiulian

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 2, 2006 7:41 PM

When it's Senator vs. Senator the chance is 100%.

Guiliani is a cipher. He can't withstand having primary voters discover his views.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 7:44 PM


Jeb isn't running until '12.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 7:46 PM

I think it's a plus to have a President who goes non-linear every now and then when provoked. Our enemies understand that behavior and fear it.

Posted by: Kurt at August 2, 2006 7:48 PM

OJ: not Jeb, Mitch

I'm a big fan of Sen Sam Brownback, but the burden of having the tag of "yet another useless Sunday-morning senator" is too great to win a national election; and it is right and just that it is so

Posted by: Palmcroft at August 2, 2006 8:05 PM

The bald, fey, first term governor of IN? There's a recipe for the White House....

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 8:53 PM

McCain's not running, but even if he were, I can't see how an interview with Andy Card that basically says, "I've seen him look unhinged, but it's possible that it's just a ploy" is defending McCain.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 2, 2006 9:24 PM

They're defusing his only shortcoming, even turning it into a strength.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2006 9:36 PM

Well, brother Cohen, it's about time.

Bottoms UP!

Posted by: John Resnick at August 2, 2006 11:00 PM

The media has practically undressed for McCain since 1999; they run a big risk by attacking him now.

"McCain Loses Temper - Women and Children Hurt Worse"

"McCain Embraces GOP Principles in Acceptance Speech for GOP Nomination - Media Stunned"

"McCain Hugs Bush at Rally - Reporters Hiss"

"McCain to Speak in Anaheim - Circulation of LA Times Drops Below 800,000"

You get the idea.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 2, 2006 11:48 PM

Limbaugh has always associated McCain with strawberries and ball bearings.

Posted by: ghostcat at August 3, 2006 1:29 AM

Omigod. It just now hit me. That's Cain squared.

Posted by: ghostcat at August 3, 2006 1:30 AM

How's that for a photoshopop? Put McCain's face on Bogart's body for the ball bearing scene and send it into the internet ether under the title, The McCain Mutancy

Posted by: erp at August 3, 2006 8:29 AM

Queeg is the hero.

Posted by: oj at August 3, 2006 8:34 AM

Yes, Queeg was the hero. Remember the party scene after the "victory" at the court martial. Mel Farrer's drunken talk. It is the Queegs of the world we rely on. Sometimes they break under the strain.

McCain has a temper. He is probably a little mad. That bothered me in 2000. Not so much after 9/11.

Posted by: Bob at August 3, 2006 10:03 AM

oj is right. And the character who plays the prosecuting lawyer says as much near the end of the movie. The wrong man was on should have been Lt. Keefer (Fred McMurray in the film).

One of Bogie's best performances.

Posted by: Bartman at August 3, 2006 10:19 AM

What difference does it make that Queeg was presented as the hero by the producers of the picture or that Keefer was a manipulative smarmy hypocrite. The fact is we can't survive an unbalanced egomaniac in the White House whether it be McCain or Clinton.

Posted by: erp at August 3, 2006 11:07 AM

No, Queeg is the hero of the story.

You tell Americans they can't trust Humphrey Bogart.

Posted by: oj at August 3, 2006 12:02 PM

OK, lemme get this straight: Given the current state of global politics, and given that the Dems are going to nominate Hillary, saying that McCain sometimes gets really angry is supposed to hurt his electability? Only if you know absolutely nothing about America. Which, come to think of it, describes the MSM (& the Democratic party) pretty well, doesn't it?

Posted by: b at August 3, 2006 1:42 PM