McCain’s Bad Temper May Impact His Judgment Under Stress

John McCain’s bad temper is legendary. Even as he runs for president, he continues to have difficulty with managing his anger. Is this acceptable from the individual that could hold the highest office?

In considering the power of the president’s office, we would be under the mercy of McCain while he controls whether this country goes to war, deploys a nuclear weapon, and engages in foreign diplomacy. Viewing any number of videos of his verbal interchange under anger, his style could be case for great concern.

Consider this one during a discussion with a reporter. McCain demonstrates that he is:

  • unable to listen to a question and respond dispassionately.
  • unable to listen further after he has made his judgment.
  • responds disrespectfully even though the individual speaking with him maintains their respectful stance.
  • repeats the same statement over and over again in a tirade-like manner
  • continually interrupts without allowing the other party to speak

Watch a recent video:

Here is one from long ago pertaining to the POW/MIA’s where McCain derails the entire issue to make the discussion personal rather than focusing on the important issue of resolution to the missing soldiers:


And on another note, is this the type of behavior we would like to present in world diplomacy? One may have concerns for another country, however this would not be considered diplomacy nor a welcome to the table for meaningful discussion. Does McCain acknowledge that the world is watching? Is this the acceptable behavior of a presidential candidate?

These are just a few examples. View more on YouTube where there are a whole host of examples.

Some of pointed to the presence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of McCain’s imprisonment as an explanation for his inability to control his temperament. This may be a valid point. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:

  • impaired concentration
  • hypervigilance (feels like but is not paranoia)
  • exaggerated startle response
  • irritability, sudden intense anger, occasional violent outbursts
  • hypersensitivity, whereby every remark is perceived as critical
  • obsessiveness – the experience takes over your life, you can’t get it out of your mind
  • undue fear
  • emotional numbness, anhedonia (inability to feel love or joy)
  • feelings of detachment
  • avoidance of anything that reminds you of the experience
  • physical and mental paralysis at any reminder of the experience

Of all concerns in America, McCain speaks primarily of war and more war. He speaks of it going on and on and we have to be ready. In reality we have terrible concerns in our nation today, and all have nothing to do with the war, except for the lives we lost as a result of the war, our ruined economy and personal liberties, and negative world opinion of our behavior under the current administration. McCain appears numb or unaware of these points. He appears to sing with glee in his performance of “bomb Iran”. Finally, his wife’s constant silent stand at his side, with little to offer the public as to her views, appears ominous.

Finally, this is from December ’07, but shows McCain’s poor awareness of reality:

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  1. […] only thing ANYone should care about is keeping this bad-tempered, psychotic old lunatic out of the white house>>> democrat, republican, or indifferent….. we are in no shape as a […]

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