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Hothead McCain Says “Horseshit” Twice in Debate

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I wasn’t going to bring up McCain’s foul language, but since he did…. Do Americans really want to elect a man to the presidency who is so hotheaded, he can’t even control his tongue during a televised presidential debate, being viewed by the entire world?  

McCain is as notorious for his foul mouth as he is for his knee-jerk temper and hair-trigger rage. And I’m not just talking about the occasional “shit!” many of us might blurt when stubbing our toe on the footboard. I’m talking crude and gross slurs, jokes, epithets, you name it. So, in this sense, I suppose the senator is to be commended for restraining himself from calling Obama by one of the epithets he’s known to employ when speaking, among friends, about African Americans and other “different” people who make up the tapestry of this great nation he so professes to honor and love.

The irony during last Friday’s debate was that Obama’s statement was not actually “horseshit,” as McCain asserted. The fact is, McCain really did refuse to meet with Prime Minister Zapatero in his Sept. 17, 2008 radio interview, as we discussed in a recent post. So McCain’s muttering of the word “horseshit” — not once, but twice — is not as much an indictment on his foul mouth, as on his hair-trigger temper, which had already been seething, barely contained beneath the surface, throughout the entire debate, as we discussed in yesterday’s post. Again, I wasn’t going to bring up his foul mouth, but since McCain can’t seem to control himself, even when in the midst of a foreign policy debate being watched by millions of people around the world, including world leaders ….

BELOW: McCain apparently has a history of hurling barnyard excrement at people who disagree with him or otherwise annoy him. In the first video below, he hurls chicken shit, plus the F-word at a fellow Republican senator during a heated debate on immigration reform in May 2007. In the second video, McCain at least checked his profanity at the door, but not his temper. The NYT reporter in this April 2008 video is to be commended for her bravery. Lesser journalists might have slinked under the nearest seat.

A former Capitol Hill chief-of-staff, Doug Thompson, went on the record to make public some of the jokes he heard Senator McCain tell to his drinking buddies at Bullfeathers, the popular Capitol Hill watering hole (see quotes, below, sourced “DT”). Thompson has, in turn, been widely slandered by Republicans as being a liar. Thompson stands by his version of history, as heard by his own two ears on many occasions, including time spent, by invitation, at McCain’s own table. According to Thompson, McCain didn’t use polite language in the jokes: He used names like “fags” or “queers” or “dykes” or “niggers” or “spics” or “wetbacks” or “gooks.” Below, you will find a litany of other examples of McCain’s foul food for the soul.    

WARNING: Some of these are really, really gross, vulgar, crude and offensive. I repeat these here, because they are an established part of John McCain’s record that is not as well known as it should be. My opinion is that these belong in a nuclear waste repository. Hopefully, statements like these will one day be erased from our national psyche, as we retire men like John McCain from the world stage. 

I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live. — John McCain, 2000 (Note: after using this term for 27 years, McCain retired it during his presidential campaign, in the wake of public criticism

For me to stand here and say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.” — John McCain, 2007

Two dykes are talking at a bar and one leaves. As she walks toward the door, the other watches her leave and says out loud: “God, I’ve love to eat her out.” Two men are standing near by and one turns to the other and says: “I’d like to do the same. Guess that makes me a dyke.” — John McCain 1980s (DT)

Question: Why does Mexican beer have two “X’s” on the label? Answer: Because wetbacks always need a co-signer. — John McCain 1980s (DT)

ABOVE: John McCain stereotypes Irish as drunks in this joke, just last week, on Sept. 21, in Scranton, PA

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, ‘Where is that marvelous ape?’ — John McCain (DT) (see also Keith Olbermann’s comment here on this joke and others).

Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father. — John McCain 1998 (DT)

ABOVE: McCain joins in the spirit of the “How do we beat the bitch?” question in November 2007

I play to win. I do whatever it takes to win. If I have to fuck my opponent to win I’ll do it. If I have to destroy my opponent I won’t give it a second thought. — John McCain, spoken before a gathering of GOP operatives at the National Republican Senatorial Committee where McCain outlined his campaign strategy in his senate race (DT)

 Do you know the best thing about having Alzheimer’s? You get to hide your own Easter eggs. — John McCain, spoken at a GOP fundraiser, shortly after Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s Disease (DT)

ABOVE: McCain jokes about killing Iranians, July 2008. This video is followed, below, by his infamous “Bomb, Bomb Iran” joke, told in April 2007.

ABOVE: Here is a similar joke, this time a joke about bringing IEDs onto the Daily Show, which many found offensive, considering that American soldiers face the not-so-funny risk of being blown up by IEDs, better known as roadside bombs, on a daily basis.

BELOW: Listen to McCain’s March 2008 response to those who criticized his above jokes. Specifically, he said, “When veterans are together, veterans joke, and I was with veterans, and we were joking. And if somebody can’t understand that, then my answer is please get a life,” an explanation he was to repeat several times on the campaign trail.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. 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. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days. — from the book, “The Real McCain” by Cliff Schecter

 

ABOVE: Racial innuendo against African Americans (Tiger Woods = black man = Barack Obama = not someone you’d want your white sons to emulate) made during a McCain event in April 2008. The maverick didn’t see fit to dispute the racist remark. 

ABOVE: Here, McCain takes a more subtle approach in his infamous “celebrity” ad. Whether or not this was intended to be racist remains a topic of controversy. 

LASTLY, in the “lie down with dogs, you get fleas” category, here’s is a 2007 radio commentary on McCain’s choice of advisers/managers for his presidential campaign.

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My friends (as John McCain is fond of saying) when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Or — to put it more succinctly and within the context with John McCain’s world view — when you’re a horse’s ass, everything looks like shit. With friends like John McCain, do the people of this country really need enemies?

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For more reading on McHothead’s temper:

Washington Post: McCain: A Question of Temperament

Huffington Post: McCain Gets Testy with Des Moines Register (Check out the videos and story from McCain’s interview with the Des Moines Register this past Monday — a mere 3 days after the debate, on Sept. 29th. It seems the old guy’s struggling harder each day to keep his rage to a simmer)

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John McCain’s Rage: The Loser in the Debate

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Any old fool can start a war. It takes a real leader to stop a war before it begins.

No one else seems to be saying it, so I will. McCain was scary last night. And I don’t mean ‘scary’ in the strong-on-foreign-policy, ain’t-no-one-gonna-mess-around-with-this-guy  sense of the word, but scary, as in, this guy’s like a ticking bomb, and he’s gonna blow any second.

One doesn’t need a degree in the behavioral sciences to have noticed that McCain’s body language betrayed him last night, conveying an easily-provoked rage that spiked intermittently throughout the debate. His head, in particular. At several points during the debate, such as when Obama enumerated flaws in McCain’s foreign policy record (see video), McCain’s face physically drew-up and hardened, like a coiled fist. At one point, his entire face literally rippled with rage, the muscles in his jowls hardening like marbles under his skin. His pupils grew beady and jittery — looking almost deranged — while he waited his turn to respond. And respond, he did, his voice quavering (feebleness, fury or fatigue?), his mouth curled into a snarl, his pointed tongue darting out like a serpent as he spoke.    

I’ve seen this before. Anyone has, who’s ever witnessed ‘what McCain does’ when he’s crossed (see videos, below). When you hear from his Capitol Hill colleagues that McCain has a short fuse, that he’s a hot-head, this is what they’re talking about. Disagree with McCain, piss him off, and you are not only persona non grata, but you will likely find yourself in his crosshairs for the next few years. McCain is nothing, if he’s not vindictive, which makes moot any attempts to tally points between the debaters last night to see who came out on top. In both domestic and foreign policy, the clear loser was John McCain, as his rage simply got the better of him. 

If the diplomatic needs of the United States were limited to only bluster and bellicosity, or to, on occasion, staring down a fellow world leader and being able to reduce the dialogue, from start to finish, into seeing 3 letters in his eyes — K.G.B. — then McCain would be our man. Were the world a schoolyard, we could, perhaps, comfortably turn loose the scrappy schoolboy with the angry little man complex, his arms and fists perpetually poised to deal a blow. But on the world stage, we need a leader whose hands are as open to exchanging a handshake as they are to displaying the strength of a hardened fist. 

We need leaders of sound temperament, whose experience includes a history, past and present, of pragmatic, clear-thinking and foresight: leaders capable of nuanced thought in a world that is rarely black or  white, but is nearly always a mix of the two, with myriad shades of gray in-between.  We need a leader who can conduct a debate with a colleague — a fellow leader in his own country — without struggling so hard against his own personal demons, without struggling so hard to keep from detonating. For this was McCain’s fatal flaw last night: as his rage consumed him, his body language betrayed him — making hollow any claim he could verbalize on owning the character and temperament necessary to being a great president. As his rage won, John McCain lost the debate. And, in the end, it was this that defined the real difference between the two candidates: It is one thing to SAY that you own the temperament, character and good judgement to be president; it is another thing, entirely, to SHOW that you own those qualities.

Any old fool can start a war. The last thing this country needs is an old warrior whose worldview is tainted with old, unresolved rage. We do not need a leader who sees the world through the lens of a blind rage, ever on the verge of rearing its ugly head.

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by Mantis Katz for the canarypapers

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ABOVE: McCain grows angry, sarcastic in discussion w/George Stephanopoulos on health care in April 08

ABOVE: NBC news report in March 08, detailing McCain’s anger in exchange with reporter

ABOVE: McCain during a committee hearing with families of Vietnam MIAs, who were seeking declassification of Vietnam documents, believed to contain information on their loved ones, who never returned home from war. Body language: Although this hearing took place 15 years ago, again, we see the body language as McCain seethes and writhes with anger, taking his glasses on and off, repeatedly shoving them into his pocket.  His facial expression at 5:37 on the video is not only scary, it is grossly inappropriate and unbecoming for a man serving a position of authority on the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. 

BELOW: The veterans advocacy groups and individuals leading this effort believe that John McCain stonewalled their efforts in order to avoid declassifying documents that would also reveal to the public unknown or unbecoming aspects of John McCain’s own history in Vietnam. This is discussed in the video, below, by some of those family members and veterans who have spent many years fighting to have the documents and information declassified. 

BELOW: But why listen to me? Listen to what Pat Buchanan and others — including McCain, himself — were saying, just this past spring.

SEE ALSO OUR RELATED POSTS ON McCAIN:

John McCain in Crisis Mode: Throw Hot Potatoes, Hope Someone Else Gets Burned

The Rise and Fall of McCain-Palin: A Shakespearean Tale of Junked Mavericks and Junkyard Dogs

The Emperor’s Old Clothes: The 3 Fatal Flaws of the McCain Doctrine

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Monkeys with Molotovs: The Gutter Politics of McCain, Palin, Rove & Co.

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Huffington Post: Angry Video

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September 27, 2008 at 9:42 am