While the contest for the presidential nomination for the Democrats continues, McCain is getting a virtual free ride from the media. But you can bet that once the dust settles on the Left and the Democrats unite behind a single candidate, very close scrutiny of both will commence. So let us begin...
An issue that came up in the 2000 election was John McCain's quick temper. I've seen only a couple of mentions this time around so far, but rest assured this issue will come to the fore front. And I believe that just like the 2000 election, it will again be his undoing in 2008.
It didn't take a lot of digging to come to the conclusion that although John McCain is liked by the public in general. Those who have worked with him or know him personally generally do not like him. And the reason is because in addition to his knee jerk temper, he's basically a very unpleasant man. Reports of writing scathing letters to fellow senators mocking them are referred to as "McCain notes" and are well known. Former Rep. John LeBoutillier, a New York Republican said "People who disagree with him get the 'f*** you."
In McCain's home state of Arizona it's the same story. The voters have a generally good opinion of the man, but those who know him well do not. Despite endorsing McCain in all 5 of his bids for public office, the largest newspaper in his home state, The Arizona Republic published a front page article during the 2000 election saying it wanted to warn the rest of the nation about McCain's "volcanic" temper. Among the recipients of McCain's flash temper have been Republican Gov. Jane Hull, former Republican Gov. Rose Mofford and former Democratic Mayor Paul Johnson of Phoenix. Johnson said of McCain's temper, "His volatility borders in the area of being unstable," Johnson also said "Before I let this guy put his finger on the button, I would have to give considerable pause."
John McCain claims to be the most qualified to be commander in chief. But many well known military leaders are very skeptical about a McCain presidency. Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton who from 2003 to 2004 was in charge of training Iraqi security forces and a Clinton supporter said "I like McCain, I respect McCain. But I am a little worried by his knee-jerk response factor." "I studied leadership for a long time during 32 years in the military," and "It is all about character. Who can motivate willing followers? Who has the vision? Who can inspire people? I have tremendous respect for John McCain, but I would not follow him" are the words of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, a one-time Republican who is supporting Obama.
We're at war my fellow Americans and we can ill afford to have a president who could even be suspected of being mentally unstable. Our country posses the power to wipe out mankind and that is NOT something we need to be taking chances with. I understand that from a distance it's hard not to like the guy. Especially considering his military service and the hell he went through. But were not talking about awarding a meritorious medal. This is the most powerful office in the world and if there is the slightest reason to believe any candidate is mentally unstable, they must be kept out of office.
Devin Barber, Politics Correspondent
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