"Irritable," "Sarcastic," "Testy" and "Angry"

These are all words used yesterday by the establishment press to describe John McCain's interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register. The Associated Press' headline: "McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview."Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post asks, "McCain: The Angry Warrior?"The New York Times writes of McCain becoming "testy." I'm not sure that these are the types of adjectives the McCain campaign wants associated with their candidate. And then there's this, from Congressional Quarterly:

Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight.

As the two shared the Senate floor tonight for the first time since they won their party nominations, Obama stood chatting with Democrats on his side of the aisle, and McCain stood on the Republican side of the aisle.

So Obama crossed over into enemy territory.

He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain.

McCain shook it, but with a "go away" look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama.

Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: "Good to see you."

Obama got the message. He shook hands with Martinez and Lieberman -- both of whom greeted him more warmly -- and quickly beat a retreat back to the Democratic side.

McCain's looseness with the facts -- which even prompted Karl Rove to speak out -- marked a beginning of the shift in tone within the Beltway, with reporters increasingly incredulous towards the rhetoric from the McCain campaign. Could the last 24 hours -- with the Register interview and now a report of a cold meeting between McCain and Barack Obama last night on the Senate floor -- mark another such turning point? There is a point when passion can become too hot, when one becomes too strident an advocate for one's own position. And at least to those in the establishment media, McCain, it seems, may have crossed that line.

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18 Comments

Re: "Irritable," "Sarcastic

Good.  I hope they skewer McCain.

by yitbos96bb 2008-10-02 04:43AM | 0 recs
Biden - Palin debate tonight..

I think McCain may be realizing that it will probably be over after tonight.

At least for people who watch the debate.

by architek 2008-10-02 05:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden - Palin debate tonight..

I wouldn't count on it.  I think it is a mistake to underestimate Palin's debating strengths.  She may be able to pull this off.

by futbol dad 2008-10-02 07:17AM | 0 recs
Hey Jonathan.

Figured you'd get a kick out of this, since you seem to be such a Simpson's freak.

Homer tries to vote for Obama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBaX9GPS aQ&eurl=http://www.huffingtonpost.co m/2008/10/02/homer-simpson-tries-to-vo_n _131119.html

by Bush Bites 2008-10-02 04:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Hey Jonathan.

Hilarious!

by erlin 2008-10-02 06:14AM | 0 recs
The 'Obama Lady'

When the going gets tough the tough get going, or irascible, testy and argumentative, as the case may be.  The true nature of our respective candidates is revealed as this thing goes down to the wire and our candidate's greatest assets, and our opponent's weaknesses, are more clearly silhouetted against the stresses that current events and the tensions of the home stretch of the campaign inevitably create.

We are backing a winner, in spite of all the doubts thrown up like so much dust, the 'electability' arguments, the racist undertones and the uneven playing field of US politics will succumb to the will of the people when sincerely enlisted and harnessed in our common national cause.

There is a 51 year-old woman in Pennsylvania who has registered 1,136 new voters, one out of every 15 new voters in York County, where Bush won by 28% in 2004.  She herself hasn't voted before.  

One thousand, one hundred and thirty-six new voters.  What did you do today?

by Shaun Appleby 2008-10-02 05:46AM | 0 recs
He's Lost His Touch

All his interviews have him putting on the same snarl and the one in Des Moines actually saw him leaning back in his chair like a petulant teenager!

Today on Morning Joe, Mika asked him why he voted for a bill that could put us on the brink of economic disaster, and he said he did it BECAUSE it put us on the brink of economic disaster. That's something I expect from Bush, not McCain.

I don't think he'd die while in office, but if he got elected, I think he'd be losing his mind before he reached the end of his first term. I feel ill saying it, because I think it's actually serious.

Fortunately, I think he might pull the same sort of move Gore did in 2000 and make an overly aggressive move on Obama. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if McCain took a swing at him at this point.

by vcalzone 2008-10-02 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: He's Lost His Touch

"Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if McCain took a swing at him at this point."

Just as a theoretical question, what does the Secret Service do if one candidate starts attacking the other one?

by thezzyzx 2008-10-02 08:00AM | 0 recs
Re: He's Lost His Touch

Just as a theoretical question, what does the Secret Service do if one candidate starts attacking the other one?

Start addressing Obama as "Mr President"?

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-02 08:02AM | 0 recs
Re: He's Lost His Touch

Obama's been going to the gym every day, and an Israeli reporter said he was lifting weights. I don't think there'd be a fight to even break up, just Obama standing there surprised.

by vcalzone 2008-10-02 09:03AM | 0 recs
He Knows He's Finished

In addition to everything else that has been going wrong for him, now that McCain has voted for the bailout, or whatever we're calling it now, will there be a small but significant Republican backlash?  Did Bob Barr just gain a few percentage points that could make all the difference between a squeaker and a landslide?  McCain already looks doomed for defeat.  With nothing to lose, will this provide the justification for a protest vote?

by D Ny 2008-10-02 05:55AM | 0 recs
Re: He Knows He's Finished

Shit, you're right. Obama wouldn't gain from this, but Barr will. Jesus, McCain was really in an untenable position, wasn't he?

by vcalzone 2008-10-02 06:14AM | 0 recs
Re: He Knows He's Finished

And after he loses, McCain will still be able to pull some self-righteous, "I'd rather lose an election than lose a bailout," or something ridiculous like that.

by D Ny 2008-10-02 06:36AM | 0 recs
Re: "Irritable,"

okay I am gonna play devil's advocate ( he must have a lot them now a days)

put yourself in McCain shoes he is a "warrior" first he sees Obama just calm and smiling relaxed and McCain natural reaction is combative
he no he is fighting a losing battle but want many of you did not know is that he used to be a POW (okay okay I kid) I listen to conservative radio and yesterday they want  McCain to fight more  and that way of thinking is why he will lose fighting is why his poll numbers are the way they are now  McCain finest moment was not picking Palin but when he Congratulated Obama on his historic nomination with that ad  thats the McCain everyone would be proud of.... if he would have took the high road and been more honest he had a good chance of winning but when he became a gimmick politician he tied himself more to bush

by wellinformed 2008-10-02 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: "Irritable,"

It's funny.  The conservatives now sound like the Dems who a fews weeks ago wanted Obama to get tougher, to fight nasty, to get down in the dirt with McCain.  He didn't...the Obama camp stuck to their strategy and it appears to be paying off - now people are seeing Obama as the adult in the room and McCain as the cranky child.  The problem is McCain just can't pull of the "nice" act like Obama can.  (just as Obama can't do "nasty)  When he tries, it comes off as forced...and you can still see the anger lying underneath. But he can't go full-on nasty because that's not what people want (at least people outside of the GOP crazy base), not this year.

by OGLiberal 2008-10-02 06:50AM | 0 recs
The layoffs have already begun

Because of damn Republican economic policies

"Irritable," "Sarcastic," "Testy" and "Angry"

are the only dwarfs left, they had to lay-off Sneezy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful and Dopey...

Oh wait. Dopey..Bush is still in there for a few more months isn't he?

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-02 07:08AM | 0 recs
Re: "Irritable," "Sarcastic,"

That, my friends, qualifies as a "canuck" moment.

by moondancer 2008-10-02 07:47AM | 0 recs
Re:

has anyone seen this yet?  incredible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITToVCGgv Ek

by palincomparison2any1qualified 2008-10-02 03:43PM | 0 recs

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