Recommendation: try switching to decaf

Not exactly new, but noteworthy: John McCain’s well-documented temper isn’t just reserved for political opponents and underlings.

In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day.

You make the call: an isolated incident caused by stress, or are we faced with the possibility of four glorious years of angry, assholish outbursts for which some flunky will need to make excuses? I imagine if McCain wins the Presidency he’ll have quite a few long days ahead of him, considering how much of a mess is going to be left over to clean up.

I am reminded of how Howard Dean blew his entire candidacy in 2004 by just one well-meaning but ill-advised outburst at a campaign rally. Imitating the Incredible Hulk is unacceptable in a potential presidential candidate, but calling the wife a cunt, in front of other people no less, is A-okay. Maybe I’m not supposed to understand.

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