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This is "Irritable and Sarcastic?" McCain at Des Moines Paper

This is "Irritable and Sarcastic?" McCain at Des Moines Paper

If I had a dollar for every time my mom said to me, "it's not what you say, it's how you say it," I'd be able to finance the bailout all by myself. That in mind, the coverage of John McCain's appearance in front of the Des Moines Register editorial board flummoxes me. The AP I mean god bless 'em, they're quick and fair — but the headline, "McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview" set my expectations high.

They provided a series of quotes, which reading them coupled with the headline made me nervous. McCain said:

Really? I haven't detected that in the polls, I haven't detected that among the base. If there's a Georgetown cocktail party person who, quote, calls himself a conservative who doesn't like her, good luck. I don't dismiss him. I think the American people have overwhelmingly shown their approval.


The answer is that most of my life, in serving my country, I have had health care. I did go for a period of time when the health care wasn't very good.

This plus Jonathan Martin saying a "feisty McCain duels," with the Register and calling him "emphatic, combative, and at times surly" and "hard-edged," I was expecting fireworks of an apocalyptic magnitude . . .

You've seen "what" he said — to see the "how" part,


Is it so bad? I mean I wouldn't say combative or surly? I might go impatient, tentatively bordering on flippant, but this? What's the big deal?


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ElectricMadison ElectricMadison 8 years
I'm a journalist and if he was sitting across the table talking to me like that, I would feel like he was being harsh. I mean, he instantly shot her down, was very aggressive. He also refused to even acknowledge that polls show the discomfort people have with her. Flat-out refused to acknowledge. I don't think the reporter handled it in the most professional way, because it kind of seemed like she was "out to get him". But still, the man is running for president of the country, so he should be cordial and respectful to everyone. Which he was not. He was def condescending.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Why thank you Jinx :WINK: and I thank you again! :)
Jinx Jinx 8 years
"The simple apparent fact seems to be that McCain has zero grace under fire. He is rash, arrogant, irrational and simply not Presidential in my opinion. If he is going to lose it with the Des Moines badly will he lose it with Putin or Zardari?" Well said Ima! It says something to me, when a man can look you in the eye, and be calm and direct, charismatic and eloquent, and that is not McCain.
stephley stephley 8 years
She's more popular than Bush too. And since in August Palin was polling in the 90s, that's a pretty serious and sudden drop - nothing to brag about, even to Congress.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Wow 65%. Did you know that Congress's aproval rating was in the single digits last week? Palin is a superstar compared to those guys.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
McCain is just going down ugly. He seems to be completely disconnected from fact.. like claiming his ads are 100% fact stating his reputation on them being 100% true when they are not and have been proven to be wrong.. and the American people have not overwhelmingly embraced Palin.. 51% polled think she is not qualified or ready.. and her approval rating in Alaska tanked and is now in the 65% range with many American mayors approval ratings now higher than her current status.. he is in la la land with a lot of his statements. The simple apparent fact seems to be that McCain has zero grace under fire. He is rash, arrogant, irrational and simply not Presidential in my opinion. If he is going to lose it with the Des Moines badly will he lose it with Putin or Zardari?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I thought the same about the debate, besides the fact that he never looked at Obama, like someone mentioned, when they shook hands, Obama managed a "Hello John" followed with a good to see you, or how are you, I can't remember exactly. McCain was like yeah yeah whatever. :shrug: Thats just what I saw.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
IDK Jill, If I were McCain, I don't think I'd be loving Obama much either. :shrug: Oh and if candidates are getting irritable because they are being asked the same question repeatedly, I have a solution! Answer the gosh darn question the first time instead of dancing around the point.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
My thought is, what was the conversation they were having that Obama walked in on? Was it a "Hey, how's the wife and kids" conversation, or was it "What's going on with the campaign" conversation? We'll never know..
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Good lord Jill. That reads like a love letter to Obama. One person's interpretation of an event. Sheesh. :oy:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I tend to agree with Dave's point that they are probably really sick of being asked the same questions. It would be obnoxious, but unfortunately this comes with the territory. I don't think he was as surly or sour on this interview compared to others I have watched so far.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
From Congressional Quarterly: Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight. As the two shared the Senate floor tonight for the first time since they won their party nominations, Obama stood chatting with Democrats on his side of the aisle, and McCain stood on the Republican side of the aisle. So Obama crossed over into enemy territory. He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain. McCain shook it, but with a "go away" look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama. Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: "Good to see you." Obama got the message. He shook hands with Martinez and Lieberman -- both of whom greeted him more warmly -- and quickly beat a retreat back to the Democratic side.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"The entire interview reminded me of Yosemite Sam," Good comparison!
juju4 juju4 8 years
I agree that the entire interview shows what a sour mood he was in.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I thoughthe seemed tired of answering the same question over and over. I got that same feeling with the Palin/Couric interview. Here's a thought, ask a question, listen to the answer, and if you don't like the answer, put that in your article.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I do think he seemed flippant but not surely. He does seem to be very condescneding at times though. He is delusional if he thinks that the majority of Republicans love her. Has he not read or seen anything in the news or paper? Doesn't he have advisers that give him information?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I would agree surly and flippent, not necessarily combative. Why is it an issue? Because he might be the President of the United States. He can't seem flippent about stuff, especially his non qualified running mate. This shows how out of touch he is too. People love her! :rotfl:
Ginger Ginger 8 years
I've often thought that he probably has some mental issues as a result of his years as a POW, which is not to defend his temper tantrums, but a good reason to consider his ability to be president. Could you see him losing his temper or refusing to look some world leader in the eye if he doesn't like them? I agree with downtownbrown; McCain thought he was very clever with his choice of Palin and now sees it starting to slip away. She can't hold up to scrutiny. I also don't believe she was vetted much and that he tends to make spontaneous decisions like that often, without fully considering the ramifications.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 8 years
I think that if anyone were to watch the entire interview they'd see that he does indeed get quite irritated at the questions being posed to him. The entire interview reminded me of Yosemite Sam, with McCain growing ever more frustrated with each question asked of him. You can watch the entire interview here.
acw018 acw018 8 years
i just saw a clip from a cbs interview between couric and palin. it is absolutely unbelievable....palin was unable to come up with one supreme court cases besides roe v. wade. i am mystified that someone with such little knowledge and experience on a national level could possible be elected VP of the US. it is an absolute embarrassment and we should be ashamed of ourselves....any highschool student should be able to name a supreme court case besides roe v wade here is the clip
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well he wasn't in the best mood but it's not like he called someone a trollopy c*nt!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think the moment where he shifts his chair so it is more directed at the speaker, flares his arms out like plumage, and stares down the questioner is a total Cesar Milan moment. He is trying to be intimidating and to be Alpha Dog. Very domineering body language. Kind of sad, actually. Between this and not looking at Obama during the debates, he is looking a little more unhinged than I had previously thought. Instead of just denying that anyone who wasn't politically motived might be questioning Palin's experience, he should have instead said why that doesn't matter. He doesn't realize he can't win over the people who are sincere in their uncertainty, simply by blaming it on elitism.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Oh yeah? Why don't you lay it on us?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
hypno, you can get yourself one of the little dots! :wink:
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
I can just imagine how some of you are going to be when you are old.
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