John McCain is notorious in the Senate for his prolific displays of anger. "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran said in January. "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
McCain has done his best, throughout the presidential campaign, to tamp that anger down. However, as he struggles in the polls, McCain is beginning to show some stress. First there was his combative and condescending debate performance against Obama, and now there's an interview from yesterday with the Des Moines Register editorial board where McCain is especially irritable and testy.
When asked about Sarah Palin's lack of experience, McCain goes on a memorable rant, comparing Palin's 20 month tenure as Governor of Alaska to Ronald Reagan (8 years as Governor of California) and Bill Clinton (10 years as Governor of Arkansas).
When asked about his campaign's increasingly dishonest tenor, McCain grew even testier.
Perhaps McCain was in a bad mood because polls in the Hawkeye state (which Bush narrowly won in 2004), show him losing to Barack Obama by double-digits. If he keeps up this kind of behavior, McCain may find himself losing by that much everywhere.
Posted by Mark from today's Nation