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Updated with evidence McCain may be a rageaholic. Brokaw said McCain was trying to be the mischievous imp, but the candidate I saw looked like an angry rusty robot finding ways to insert just about all his stump speech attacks against Obama into non-answers to questions. Maybe it’s just me but his interjecting "my friends" 22 times made him sound like a shifty salesman. He even called Obama "my friend" once, although he also pointed at him another time while turning away from him, and referred to him with contempt as "that one".
Watch the video here when he points actually twice, not once, and see if you agree it shows pure contempt. Then scroll down to see the video made by BraveNewPac for compelling evidence that McCain has a serious anger control problem, that he may be what is called a rageaholic. Also, someone put a close-up of McCain ignoring Obama’s extended hand and not shaking it at the end of the debate to the tune "Cold as Ice" on YouTube here. The hand you see reaching out to shake Obama’s was Cindy McCain’s. Excuse the pun, but I McCain’s behavior chilling. Obama struck me as urbane, fitting all the definitions of the word:
▸ characterized by tact and propriety ▸ marked by wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of many parts of the world arising from urban life and wide travel ▸ showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience…
Now that the early polls are in and the pontificaters are pontificating it appears that the Nashville knockabout was at best for McCain a tie which means Obama won. That probably means two things. First, most people either didn’t believe McCain’s denunciation of Obama or didn’t care. They didn’t need Obama to counter-punch by pointing out the misrepresentations made by McCain about his record and his positions. Second, more people liked the style or personality that came across from Obama than from McCain. While some of his upper body stiffness is apparently a result of his Vietnam injuries, he still walked around in stiffly taking small steps. He looked physically shaky and, I hate to say it, elderly, compared to Obama with his loping youthful gait. Obama looked friendly, even bemused at some of McCain’s attacks. McCain’s smile, described accurately by many as sinister, appeared spontaneous. That to me is more frightening than a theatrical smile as it suggests he enjoys being mean. After the debate we saw a few minutes showing Obama being, well, just plain down to earth Barack with his engaging smile, talking to audience members, posing for pictures and signing autographs. He appeared natural, not uppity. I wondered how it could be possible the McCain wasn’t getting equal time. Now we know that for whatever reason he left the stage.
Everyone writing about politics has weighed in on the negativity of the campaign, especially coming from the McCain/Palin side. I’ll just post a link to today’s main editorial from "the newspaper of record" which has a video and a transcript of the entire debate HERE (you know, it’s the paper Republicans love to hate): "Politics of Hate". It begins:
It is a sorry fact of American political life that campaigns get ugly, often in their final weeks. But Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been running one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember. They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent’s record — into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia. Senator Barack Obama has taken some cheap shots at Mr. McCain, but there is no comparison. "Politics of Hate"
Added 10/9/08: Evidence that McCain is a rageaholic. First read the definition HERE, then watch the video.
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