April 21, 2008

HOW FAR INSIDE THE BELTWAY DO HAVE TO BE...:

Bob Kerrey defends McCain on temper (Jonathan Martin, 4/21/08, Politico)

McCain and Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley got into such a furious argument in a closed-door meeting in 1992, Post reporter Michael Leahy wrote, that Kerrey had to step in and prevent fisticuffs.

Not so says Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator and president of New York's New School.

"First, I did nothing to intervene; the two Senators worked it out on their own," Kerrey wrote in a comment posted this morning under his name at 7:45. "Second, the subject of the debate - the status of Americans held as prisoner in Vietnam - was one that always provoked violent, ugly debates."

The two senators were both "extremely angry," Kerrey adds, but McCain was "at no time threatening."

Kerrey, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton backer, concludes: "My experience is that [McCain's] anger always has a purpose and in this case the purpose was to defeat Senator Grassley's argument which he did decisively."


...to think that wanting to punch politicians in the nose is going to be a problem for Maverick?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2008 3:27 PM
Comments

If you go by most blogs people wouldn't mind tasering politicians.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2008 7:27 AM

Hey, it culls out the ones with weak hearts.

Posted by: ratbert at April 22, 2008 8:22 AM
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