Thursday, April 09, 2009

Resentfull? McCain? Who would have thought?

John McCain spent a large part of his campaign trying to woo Hispanic voters with his policies on immigration that were, to say the least, somewhat different then the platform of his party. He also tried to change that platform, and had limited success in such an enterprise, arguing that thus the GOP will capture more Hispanic votes.

Needless to say, this baldrickesque plan failed, as Obama beat McCain in the Hispanic vote by a margin of 2:1. And McCain did not take it all to well, according to this report:

John McCain sounds angry and frustrated that, despite the risks he took in pushing immigration reform, Hispanic voters flocked to Democrat Barack Obama in last year's presidential contest. McCain's raw emotions burst forth recently as he heatedly told Hispanic business leaders that they should now look to Obama, not him, to take the lead on immigration.
"He was angry," one source said. "He was over the top. In some cases, he rolled his eyes a lot. There were portions of the meeting where he was just staring at the ceiling, and he wasn't even listening to us. We came out of the meeting really upset."

McCain's message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama's pace on the issue. "He threw out [the words] 'You people--you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election,' " the source said. "It was almost as if [he was saying] 'You're cut off!' We felt very uncomfortable when we walked away from the meeting because of that."

Well, that's typical John McCain for you, angry, bitter and resentful when things do not go his way. Now that McCain's master plan did not bring the expected results, he feels betrayed and lashes out at those whom he sees as ungrateful. All I can say about the matter is that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! For years McCain has been stabbing GOP in the back, consorted with their political oponents, thrashed his party's ideology and for all his troubles he didn't even get a lousy T-shirt!

On a genral note, the issue with McCain's temper is hardly news. Yet, similar to people ignoring worrying signs about Obama, stories of McCain being mentally unfit for the job he sought to undertake were never seriously considered by the voters and the pundits alike. It's amazing just how deficient the two candidates were, as if it was the "may the worse man win" sort of competition. Somebody said last autumn that the 2008 campaign was the one for the worst US president in history. Indeed.