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Title: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Kristina on June 13, 2008, 12:18:59 pm
McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
by timran
Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 01:21:27 AM PDT
Reprinted with permission
By Jwilkesfrom Eyes on Obama:
Over his tenure in Congress, John McCain has had angry, expletive-laced exchanges with a number of his colleagues and peers,- both Democrat and Republican alike. Below are the ten most notable...and shocking.
timran's diary :: ::

Reprinted with permission

As former GOP Senator Rick Santorum put it, "Everybody has a McCain story."  Over his tenure in Congress, McCain has had angry, expletive-laced exchanges with a number of his colleagues and peers,- both Democrat and Republican alike- many of which have been covered extensively by local Arizona and nationwide news sources.  Below are the ten most notable among them.
10.           Senator Ted Kennedy - On August 6, 1993, the Boston Globe ran a story detailing a heated verbal exchange between Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy and McCain.  Kennedy was at the lectern delivering remarks, when McCain began walking toward him from across the Senate floor, mocking the Massachusetts legislator.  McCain shouted at Kennedy to "shut up."  A stunned Kennedy fired back at McCain, telling him, "you shut up...and act like a Senator."
9.           Democratic Rep. Marty Russo (D-IL) - In its December 1985 issue, Atlantic Monthly described an altercation that took place just a few years after McCain had been elected to the House for the first time.  Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) found himself in the crossfire between the two Congressman, who were angrily shouting "seven-letter and twelve-letter" epithets back and forth at one another, when the exchange became violent and they began pushing and shoving one another.  The two were separated from their tangle by a few other legislators who were nearby.
8.           Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson - Newsmax, the "conservative perspective" political publication run by Chris Ruddy, didn't cut McCain any partisan slack in a July 2006 article, in which it recounted a dust-up between McCain and some local government officials in his home state.  Speaking at a luncheon at which McCain was in attendance, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson was among a group of local mayors fielding questions from the Arizona Congressional delegation about local land issues.  In the midst of one answer from Johnson, who helmed the city from 1990 to 1994, McCain blurted out, "Hold it a minute.  Somebody write down everything this guy has to say.  You know what, we need to record him.  It's best to get a liar on tape."
Taken aback, Johnson offered the Senator a chance to speak privately, saying, "Senator, if you have a problem with me, why don't we go out in the hallway and talk about it."
McCain fired back: "You're God-damn right I have a problem with you!  They've been treating you like a princess in Phoenix while they've been burning me over this damn deal, and I'm sick of it!"
7.           Unidentified GOP Senator - Accounts of McCain's outburst at a Senate GOP policy lunch has reached near-epic proportion, having been written about by just about every blog and news site from Newsmax, to DailyKos, to the Huffington Post, to Wonkette, and so on.  During a vitriolic exchange between McCain and another unnamed Senator who took a position contrary to that of his colleague from Arizona.  McCain became infuriated, jumping from his chair and calling his fellow Republican a "shithead," prompting an immediate demand for an apology.  McCain stood up again and issued it...sort of.  "Okay, I apologize," he said.  "But you're still a shithead."
6.           Senator Pete Domenici - Newsweek's February 21, 2000 edition highlighted an exchange between McCain and Republican Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Chairman of the Budget Committee.  In staunch disagreement with a particular portion of a budget amendment, McCain exploded.  "Only an a***ole would put together a budget like that."  Domenici, who'd been in the Senate nearly 30 years by that point, gave a restrained reply, noting that even in the most heated debated throughout his entire career, no one had ever used that kind of language toward him.  McCain didn't back down.  "I wouldn't call you an a***ole unless you really were an a***ole."
5.           Unidentified GOP Senator- In 2006, Ron Kessler of Newsmax wrote that much of McCain's unpopularity in the Senate stems from his 2000 campaign, when the vast majority- in fact, all but four- of his colleagues backed George W. Bush in the GOP primary.  One of McCain's top aides recounted a telephone conversation between McCain and another Senator, who was explaining that he'd already committed to supporting Bush.  When he finished, McCain bristled.  "f*** you," he said, and hung up, never to speak to him again.
4.           Senator Strom Thurmond - In an article titled "Senator Hothead," The Washingtonian recounted one particular encounter between McCain and then-92-year-old Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.  McCain was giving an opening statement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when Thurmond, the committee chairman, interrupted to inquire as to whether McCain was finished so that the proceedings could be moved along.  McCain glared at Thurmond and thanked him for his "courtesy."  McCain later confronted Thurmond on the Senate floor, and a "scuffle" ensued.  "The two didn't part friends."
3.           Senator Chuck Grassley - The same Newsweek article that outlined McCain's confrontation with Domenici pointed to a similar incident with Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.  The two were debating issues related to soldiers who had been reported Missing In Action in Vietnam.  After a blistering commentary by McCain, Grassley took offense.  "Are you calling me stupid?" he asked.
McCain didn't miss a beat.  "No, I'm calling you a f*****g jerk."
2.           Senator John Cornyn - On May 18, 2007, The Washington Post reported that McCain had locked horns with another one of his GOP colleagues, this time Senator John Cornyn of Texas.  The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill of 2007 had caused an enormous rift among Republicans, and the two Senators found themselves on opposite sides. Cornyn objected to a provision of the bill that allowed for what he perceived as too many judicial appeals for illegal immigrants.  McCain called his objections "chicken s***" and accused Cornyn of making petty tactics to sabotage the whole bill.  Cornyn took immediate offense.
"Wait a second here.  I've been sitting in here for all these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day.  You're out of line."
Then McCain, who'd been spending a lot of time away from Washington on his presidential campaign, got a little more out of line.  "f*** you!" he shouted.  "I know more about this than anyone in this room!"  McCain apologized shortly afterword.
1.        His Own Wife, Cindy McCain - In his new book, The Real McCain, Cliff Schecter, a journalist and frequent contributor at the Huffington Post related perhaps the most disturbing of McCain's tirades.  During his 2000 White House bid, the Senator was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, his aides, and three journalists who spoke to Schecter on condition of anonymity, but independently confirmed each other's accounts of the incident.  Cindy McCain playfully ran her fingers through the Senator's hair and teased, "You're getting a little thin up there."  McCain reddened and fired back, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollup, you ****."  After he'd cooled down, McCain apologized, saying he'd had a long day.
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Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Kristina on June 13, 2008, 12:26:39 pm
McCain's History of Blow Ups: 10 More Examples
By jwilkes - Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 at 2:11 PM

 "Do I feel passionately about issues?" John McCain has said.  "Absolutely.  Do I get angry when I see pork barreling and wasteful spending? Absolutely."  But his care for the most important topics of the day notwithstanding, McCain has had more than a few volatile run-ins with colleagues, staffers, and officials.  Back by popular demand, here are the next ten most egregious instances of John McCain's temper getting the best of him.
10. Volunteer Campaign Aide
Back on November 5, 1999, the Arizona Republic ran a story about one particular example of McCain's mistreatment of his own campaign staff, an outburst that would haunt him for years to come. Just hours after McCain was elected to the Senate for the first time, a campaign volunteer was setting up a podium, from which the newly-elected Senator was to deliver a victory speech.  When the 5'9 McCain saw that the podium was being set up to accommodate a taller man, McCain snapped, hurling expletives and epithets at the young aide as members of the press and supporters watched.
9.  Judy Leiby, Senior Aide to Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ)
In Ron Kessler's July 5, 2000 Newsmax piece titled, "McCain's Out-of-Control Anger: Does He Have the Temperament to Be President?" the author recounted McCain's encounter with Judy Leiby, a senior member of Senator Dennis DeConcini's staff.  DeConcini, an Arizona Democrat, had announced his retirement, and McCain had stopped by to wish him well.  Seeing a large crowd, McCain shook the hand of everyone in the office - except Leiby, who had differed with him on a number of issues during her time in DeConcini's office.  Sensing the awkwardness, one of the other staff members asked McCain if he'd been introduced to Leiby.  "Oh," he said,  "I know her."  McCain wheeled back to Leiby and said, "I'm so glad you're out of a job, and I'll see to it that you never work again."  McCain admitted that he'd made the comment, saying that he hadn't held Leiby in "particularly high esteem."
8.  Jim Abbot, Coronado National Forest Supervisor
In the same Newsmax piece mentioned above, Kessler interviewed Jim Abbot, a park ranger who oversaw operations at Coronado National Forest, a large forest located in McCain's home state.  Abbot had become concerned that construction on a new building at the University of Arizona was threatening some of the park's endangered wildlife, and petitioned for a temporary halt to construction.  When it was granted, McCain got in touch with him.  "If you don't cooperate on this project," he threatened, "you'll be the shortest tenured supervisor in the history of the Forest Service."
7.  Robin Silver, Bob Witzeman - Medical Doctors
Stemming from the issue of construction and the endangered species in Coronado National Forest, McCain received a visit from two doctors who had been involved in local environmental preservation: Robin Silver, and Bob Witzeman.  At the very mention of the matter, McCain exploded, slamming his fists on his desk, scattering papers about the room, and unleashing a tirade of expletives and threats that lasted for 10 minutes.  Silver commented that McCain's outburst was uncalled for, and McCain apologized.
6.  Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-NY)
A New York Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. John LeBoutillier had interviewed McCain in a meeting regarding POWs.  During the meeting, LeBoutillier had placed a tape recorder on the table.
Later, LeBoutillier encountered McCain in the course of House business, but McCain refused to speak to him without confirming that he wasn't tape recording the conversation.  "Are you wired up?" McCain demanded.  Despite LeBoutilliers assertions that he was not, McCain insisted that he lower his pants and prove that he was not wearing any kind of listening device.
"He's a vicious person," LeBoutillier said of his former colleague.
5.  Senator Richard Shelby, (R-AL)
In a piece that ran in the January 28, 2000 edition of Investor's Business Daily titled, "Can McCain Control His Temper?" the editorial board raised the issue of an incident between McCain and another of his Senate colleagues, Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama. Shelby had cast a vote against the nomination of Defense Secretary John Tower, and McCain became enraged, getting an inch away from Shelby's face.  McCain screamed at him, letting expletives and names fly.  Mcain was "half boasting" when he said, "I was madder than hell when I accosted him."
4.  Delegation of Female Air Force Pilots
Former editor of the Arizona Republic, Pat Murphy, wrote a detailed editorial that was carried by a number of different papers in December of 1999.  Murphy pointed to an incident in which a delegation interested in expanding opportunities for female pilots visited McCain at his Senate office back in 1991.  McCain greeted them by calling them "honey," and "sweetie," and then proceeded to disparage them, calling them "a bunch of Pat Schroeders."  Schroeder was a Colorado Democrat who had championed women's rights issues while in office.
3.  Diane Smith, a McCain Constituent
Murphy also mentions Diane Smith, a constituent of McCain, who wrote to the Senator to criticize what she perceived as unfair treatment of Anita Hill, the woman who claimed to have been sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.  McCain personally called the 60 year-old woman and berated her for "questioning [his] integrity."
2.  Sandra Dowling, Maricopa County School Superintendent
In a 60 Minutes interview with Morley Safer, Sandra Dowling, the Maricopa County (Arizona) superintendent of schools, recounted the time she'd refused McCain's demand that she retract her support of a political rival of one of McCain's protégés.  McCain screamed at her, threatening to "destroy" her.  Her son soon thereafter lost his appointment to the US Naval Academy (of which McCain is an alum).  McCain denied any connection, though he sits as an ex officio member of the Board of Visitors.
1.  NBC
The television network NBC refused to support a television rating system that McCain had proposed be introduced.  McCain wrote to the network's president, Robert Wright, threatening to work to have the Federal Communications Commission lift NBC licenses on locally-owned stations.

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Volitzer on June 14, 2008, 12:47:01 am
Politics is a nerve racking profession.

It's what he votes on not his emotional state during a speech or a debate in the senate.

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Rachel Dearth on June 14, 2008, 01:01:35 am
Of course, emotional state is important!  ABove ALL things, a President needs to be calm and cool-headed under pressure.

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Volitzer on June 14, 2008, 01:07:47 am
Of course, emotional state is important!  Above ALL things, a President needs to be calm and cool-headed under pressure.

Easy for a woman to say considering what men have to deal with versus what women want to deal with.

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Qoais on October 31, 2008, 01:59:47 am
McCain is not a Maverick.  He's a bully. 

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Rachel Dearth on November 02, 2008, 11:59:05 pm
Of course, emotional state is important!  Above ALL things, a President needs to be calm and cool-headed under pressure.

Easy for a woman to say considering what men have to deal with versus what women want to deal with.

Yeah, we have to deal with MORE!

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Rachel Dearth on November 03, 2008, 12:00:41 am
McCain is not a Maverick.  He's a bully. 

I would never vote for McCain, did you see how lousy and condescending he is about women's issues?

Title: Re: McCain's History of Blow-Ups: The Top Ten
Post by: Volitzer on November 03, 2008, 02:01:52 pm
Wait until Obama has to deal with another false flag terror alert in which he has to restrict your freedoms in order to keep you safe.

I guess since he wears a suit that it'll be allright.  Every woman knows, thatnks to Sex in the City, that the top men in this world all wear suits.  Talk about Ken doll conditioning.