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John McCain Is A Very Angry Man


John McCain actually gave it a good try tonight. Barack Obama, for his part, was solid and dull. McCain definitely had a chance to win this debate. He actually had Obama on the defensive for a good part of the night. For a while Obama was reminding me of John Kerry and his failure to close the deal against Bush.

Fortunately for Obama, McCain looked like an irate, half-psychotic old codger the last hour of the debate. A lot of the time he had this weird uncomfortable smile that indicated an inner rage and a whole lot of impatience. His eyes had the burning intensity of a madman's. It damn near made your skin crawl. On top of that, he interrupted Obama a few times, an obvious Debate 101 foul. A buddy just called to tell me he finally realized that McCain was nothing but a huge jerk. Said he had an arrogance that rivals Cheney's. My question: Did McCain know this was going to be split-screened and America was going to watch his half-cocked, assinine reactions the entire night?

What a colossal screw-up. We've all heard about McCain as the infante terrible during his time in the Navy who, as a spoiled son of an admiral, spent all his time chasing tail and shirking duty. We heard that his temperament helped make him a singularly horrible pilot. We've been told his closest aides have said he has a serious temper problem.

We've heard all these things at one time or another. This debate, which still isn't over as I publish this, made us know it was true.

Here's a clip of him losing his cool at Senate committee hearing:

Here's a clip where McCain suddenly blurts out the c-word:

Okay, that's a joke. Here the jerk in McCain comes out on a campaign plane, prompting the reporter to ask "Why are you so angry?"

Okay, I'm almost done unloading the YouTube vault on you. Just finish with this veritable mini-documentary on McCain's mental temper.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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