July 7, 2008
A video has surfaced of John McCain addressing a town hall meeting in Merrimack, New Hampshire, on December 29, 2007. In the video, McCain declares his hatred of the bloggers. McCain does not explicitly state why he hates the bloggers, but that should be easy enough to figure out — the blogosphere represents one the last bastions of free speech in the country. McCain hates that anybody but a stepfordized corporate media is allowed to make political commentary. He hates the idea of anything but neocon unanimity.
One wonders if John McCain, if given a chance, would physically attack a blogger or two the same way he attacked a Sandinista minion back in 1987. “Notably mild-mannered Republican Sen. Thad Cochran shocked many earlier this year with comments about John McCain’s volatile temper,” reports the Sun Herald. “Cochran said he observed McCain engage in a physical confrontation with a Sandinista while participating in a diplomatic mission led by Sen. Bob Dole and others in the fall of 1987.” Ortega’s buddy said something McCain didn’t like, so the recently elected Arizona senator reached across the table and grabbed the guy by the lapels.“The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” said Cochran. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”
Imagine this guy as president. He hates bloggers. He is a firecracker with his fellow senators. He hates commies so much he reaches across the table during negotiations and physically assaults one. Imagine “Miss Congeniality,” as McCain admits he is not, with access to the tools Bush and the neocons left in place — the Military Commissions Act, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, and PDD 51. Imagine this guy in the situation room, walking around ranting about North Korea or Iran with his hands on the nuclear football.