John McCain has a temper. A bad, bad temper. On Sunday, McLatchy News ran on story documenting some of the more disturbing incidents in what we know is a long history of of John McCain’s frustrated outbursts — including pushing a woman in a wheelchair and cussing out various staffers, his wife, and other U.S. Senators. Some quotes from the article:
“There have been times when he’s just exploded, ” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Cochran recalled earlier this summer that he saw McCain manhandle a Sandinista official during a 1987 diplomatic mission in Nicaragua.
In 1992, McCain sparred with Dolores Alfond, the chairwoman of the National Alliance of Families for the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen and Women, at a Senate hearing. McCain’s prosecutor-like questioning of Alfond — available on YouTube — left her in tears.
And the pushing an old lady in a wheelchair:
Six people present have written statements describing what they saw. According to the accounts, McCain waved his hand to shoo away Jeannette Jenkins, whose cousin was last seen in South Vietnam in 1970, causing her to hit a wall.
As McCain continued walking, Jane Duke Gaylor, the mother of another missing serviceman, approached the senator. Gaylor, in a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen, stretched her arms toward McCain.
“McCain stopped, glared at her, raised his left arm ready to strike her, composed himself and pushed the wheelchair away from him,” according to Eleanor Apodaca, the sister of an Air Force captain missing since 1967.
Having a temper is one thing. Having the ability to control it is another.