Sunday, May 04, 2008

About That Temper Problem...

We've heard a lot about John McCain's legendary temper (see here, here, and here for examples over the years). Now, Michelle Obama is warning us of her husband's boiling temper.

Mrs Obama told a rally in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday that only her husband's desire to change US politics had helped him to control his feelings: "Barack is always thinking three steps ahead – what do we need to do to make change..."

In contrast with the Clintons, Mrs Obama said: "We were taught that you don't rip your opponents to pieces, you don't leave them on the roadside."

Really? I guess Obama doesn't think lying--er, mischaracterizing John McCain's positions is "ripping" opponents to pieces.

Personally, I don't care if either of them is hot-headed or uses spicy language in arguments. I don't think anyone is more likely to start a nuclear war because they like four-letter words, and I don't think refraining from it makes someone better at handling policy. But if we need to have a national debate about temperament, then let's include the ashtray-throwing Hillary Clinton and "boiling" Obama.

Don Surber puts it best:
If Obama is as his wife says he is — impatient and angry — then he is far younger than his 46 years would indicate. And that presents a problem for the nation. Youth has many things to offer. Sound judgment and patience are not among them.