The Huffiness Post

From The New York Times:

[John McCain] is in the midst of an at-times awkward transition — from being one of the most disruptive figures in his party to someone playing it safer, not to mention trying to make nice with Republicans he clearly despises and who feel similarly about him.


One of the trademarks of Mr. McCain’s rebel image has been his inability to cloak his emotions, especially anger. He has been prone to volcanic blowups over the years.

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Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who backed Mr. Romney in this year’s race, said Mr. McCain, of Arizona, deserved credit for having gone through the entire campaign “under stressful conditions” without any memorable outbursts.

“Does he have a capacity to control it?” asked Mr. Santorum, referring to Mr. McCain’s detonations. “Over the course of the campaign, I think he has managed to. But I think it is a legitimate cause for concern.”

The more famous McCain outbursts have been widely recalled in recent months, in part courtesy of the Romney campaign, which circulated a “Top 10 List” of Mr. McCain’s explosions.

The perception that he struggles to control his anger makes Mr. McCain angry.

“I know I sound a little bit defensive,” he said. “But for the last 10 years, I’ve had very little significant disagreement with my colleagues, certainly not personal ones.”

That’s not exactly true: fellow senators and staff members cite more recent dust-ups involving profanities, red-faced exchanges and quick-trigger reactions. Still, only one entry on Mr. McCain’s Greatest Fits list occurred in the last year. He complains that people keep invoking “a problem I had with Chuck Grassley,” referring to the debate in which he shouted unprintable profanities at his Republican colleague from Iowa. “It was 12, 14 years ago,” Mr. McCain said. (It was, in fact, 16.)


It is with some satisfaction — and irony — that Mr. McCain cataloged the list of longtime Republican adversaries who have lined up in the last week to support him. “John Cornyn endorsed me,” Mr. McCain boasted in the interview, referring to the Republican senator from Texas at whom he directed a well-publicized string of profanities in a meeting last year.

So did Ted Stevens, Mr. McCain said, referring to the longtime senator from Alaska whose enmity for Mr. McCain — and vice versa — is well known. “It was pretty short,” Mr. McCain said of the Stevens endorsement.

“Thad Cochran endorsed me, too,” Mr. McCain marveled, referring to a very brief statement from the Republican senator from Mississippi who recently told The Boston Globe that the thought of Mr. McCain as president “sends a cold chill down my spine.”

Mr. Cochran, who declined to comment for this article, went on to call his longtime colleague “erratic,” “hotheaded” and someone who “loses his temper” and “worries me.”

From the Boston Herald blogs, the Top 10 List of McCain’s attacks on fellow Rethuglicans compiled by the Romney campaign:

1. Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And “Screamed, ‘F*ck You!’ At Texas Sen. John Cornyn” (R-TX).


2. In 2000, Sen. McCain Ran An Attack Ad Comparing Then-Gov. George W. Bush To Bill Clinton.


3. Sen. McCain Repeatedly Called Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) An “A**hole”, Causing A Fellow GOP Senator To Say, “I Didn’t Want This Guy Anywhere Near A Trigger.”

4. Sen. McCain Had A Heated Exchange With Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) And Called Him A “F*cking Jerk.”


5. In 1995, Sen. McCain Had A “Scuffle” With 92-Year-Old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) On The Senate Floor.


6. Sen. McCain Accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Of The “Most Egregious Incident” Of Corruption He Had Seen In The Senate.


7. Sen. McCain Attacked Christian Leaders And Republicans In A Blistering Speech During The 2000 Campaign.


8. Sen. McCain Attacked Vice President Cheney.


9. Celebrating His First Senate Election In 1986, Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer.


10. Sen. McCain “Publicly Abused” Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).

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7 responses to “The Huffiness Post

  1. Friend of the court

    I don’t care if he did attack Cheney, I’m still not voting for him. He is just a potty mouth old fart. I don’t want anymore embarrassing Presidents. Did you hear that Poppy Bush endorsed him, today? Said that he’s conservative enough.

  2. nonnie9999

    the potty mouth doesn’t bother me. the look he gets when he is angry scares the crap out of me. he’s a bitter, nasty man. if poppy endorsed him, then mcliebercain probably has been vetted by the carlyle group. that really scares the crap out of me. 😯
    by the way, do you like the title? it was either that or Temper: Scary Insanity. i didn’t know if anyone other than me would get it.

  3. Got a Grip

    I like both titles, nons, and I get it (who woulda thunk it?). Captain Underpants scares the crap out of me, too. Can you say “untreated PTSD?” The man needs a tranquilizer or two or three. And his flip-flopping does not endear him to anyone, certainly not me. He’s a wingnut with a screw loose.

    Speaking of Captain Underpants, Cronesense posted a comment in a diary at DK the other day where you pick you “new” name from a long list of insulting names by assigning certain letters of your name to the list. It has something to do with Captain Underpants, but I haven’t read the book that it comes from. Anyway, I’m pleased to introduce myself with my new name, Cheesey Pottysprinkles! 🙂

  4. nonnie9999

    thanks, gotta,
    you know how it is when you are looking at something so long that it no longer makes any sense.
    i don’t know if his problem is untreated ptsd. it doesn’t seem like he had a lot of character before he went into the service.
    i’ve seen those sites before where you get ridiculous pseudonyms. they’re fun.
    sloopy dippinsprinkles (yes, i found cronieleh’s comment! 😀 )

  5. nightowl724

    No fair! You guys got cute names! Mine is Dorfus Rhinonose…

    nonnie, I adore this title. But, (red face) I don’t get the other one.

    Very appropriate movie, especially since McCain is as angry as 12 normal men put together! And, this poster is a nice start to your new year.

  6. nonnie9999

    temper: scary insanity was supposed to sound like temporary insanity. i had that title on there last night, but i changed it right before i posted it, because i thought of the first one at around 5 in the morning, and i was half asleep. i had no idea if it made any sense whatsoever.
    i’ve been wanting to use that movie for quite some time (it’s one of my very favorites), but it never seemed to fit a story before.

  7. nightowl724

    It’s so obvious now that you explained it! Doh!