Friday, February 22, 2008

McCain untamed

Guest post by Swampcracker

There is one thread in the recent NYT narrative that is consistent with other accounts of McCain's infamously idiosyncratic personality. According to the story, McCain's staff had to run interference to keep him from getting into deeper doo-doo:

Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself -- instructing staff members to block the woman's access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

McCain was in Iraq last year, and his official escort was none other than my son-in-law, whose responsibility is to accompany celebrities and politicians on official visits to the war zone.

According to Captain Son-in-Law, John McCain has a stubborn and obtuse way of not paying attention to protocol -- as in "Sir, we are running late. We must leave NOW!" In other words, he does not listen to handlers despite the implication that his dawdling may put others at risk.

Time will tell whether or not there is merit to the NYT story. Nevertheless, here is a legitimate question for voters to consider: How sound is McCain's judgment as our possible future commander-in-chief?

(Another observation about Senator McCain's quirky personality: He never flushes the john after he uses it, at least according to Captain Son-in-Law.)

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  • Scandal brewing in election politics - wow - there's something new! It would be so nice to have an election free of it - but I dream.

    As for judgment issues - this is troubling. He's banked for a long time on his maverick image - though this is now a bit too much "mavericking."

    By Blogger Anna, at 8:43 PM  

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