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McCain’s VEEP Choice: Sanity/Mental Health a Must Consideration

John McCain’s search for a Veep candidate has several unarticulated challenges. 

The biggest one has to do with this week’s news that McCain released his medical records. No sign of cancer (cancer would be for the fourth time).  But McCain said he would not release his psychological medical records, which is problematic.  Cliff Schecter and others have documented the real achilles heel in McCain’s campaign: his questionable mental status.  

The problem isn’t that he has had skin cancer, nor is it his age. hey his mother seems in fine shape; he likely comes from solid genetic stock.

The real question, aside from his policy positions has to do with the fact that he was a POW for five years an in solitary confinement in the hanoi Hilton for 2 years.  No shame here. Quite the opposite. McCain has been heralded for his valor, which seems the defining issue to his candidacy. The problem is that anyone who has been locked in a box for 2 years is likely to have suffered mental damage. No cuts. No sarcasm. But yes, some judgment here.  I would like to know more about this guy’s mental condition before even imagining his hand near the button, let alone in the same room with foreign leaders that he might deign to meet. 

So, while the MSM reports or not on his failure to release mental records, it is exceedingly important that any potential VEEP candidate for John McCain be vetted as to his/her sanity.  This isn’t a matter of political correctness; it has everything to do potentially with securing the well being of the planet.

Along the way, the debate over McCain’s and his potential Veep’s mental health might have the benefit of opening a long closed door about mental health.  Such teachable moments are rare in presidential campaigns, but when they occur, they usually help advance the dialogue.  Were this to occur and were McCain to open his own post Hanoi Hilton case study for public scrutiny, the act would be deserving of praise and commendation.

 

Hey John McCain, Are You Still Beating up your Colleagues?

Here’s the question the should be asked of the prospective republican nominee. Apparently he has gotten into physical altercations with Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Rick Renzi and maybe others.  Some suggested follow up questions: do you prefer fighting Senators or Representatives, Democrats or Republicans?

 I would hope press sycomphants would at least ask some of the following questions, given they don;t seem to mind the senator’s pugilistic proclivities.  Why not ask McCain to play fair and pick on folks his own size–like senators. Going after congressmen is a little like a high schooler going back to junior high and waiting out in the school yard after school.  Sort of immature, and all, and we don’t want another immature president.

for more, please read Cliff Schecter’s The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him And Why Independents Shouldn’t.

I kind of think Putin would kick his ass.

Schecter’s new Book on McCain a test for Media

Here’s the question. Will Chris Matthews and Tim Russert deem it newsworthy to interview Cliff Schecter, author of the forthcoming book, The Real McCain. It would be a test of sorts to see if two mainstream, white, male commentators with issues about women, and believed to be in the bag for McCain, would follow up on well substantiated misogyny claims against their guy. 

Here’s why such an interview would be important. In the past, these commentators have given McCain a pass for calling senate colleagues, “shitheads,” “assholes” and in at least one case “a fucking jerk.” Perhaps some journalists and talking heads think such comments are pretty cool especially if you are not too concerned with an elected officials’ hair triggered temper, or lack of appropriateness, decorum, and professionalism. How “maverick,” even.   Perhaps it’s kinda cool to see your commander in chief call an agonist an asshole, but pretty scary to imagine these words coming out of the mouth of the diplomat in chief, another important presidential assignment. Do we really need another misanthropic president (Cheney, Nixon being others)?

When you add misogyny to the mix, the test is on to see how this white, male McCain fan base might hold his feet to the fire for demeaning not only all women, but his own wife. According to Schecter,

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.”

Think back to how McCain chuckled after one of his supporters referred to Hillary Clinton as “a b*tch.” Hardly the making for a civil and respectful fall campaign, as McCain insistently promises. Seems to me he holds his opponents in deep contempt. Such comments and responses seem hard wired, perhaps exacerbated by the fact that this guy was locked up in solitary confinement for 2 1/2 years. I think the pattern of verbal abuse is cause for discussion and alarm.

Of course the issue has to do with the McCain’s temper, but even more alarmingly is the misogenist and misanthropic ways of seeing the world that would inform a McCain administration.  The press has an obligation to investigate such patterns of behavior and abuse.