The Wrath of McCain

Insiders debate the hopeful's temper, which he claims is gone
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 7:15 PM CDT
The Wrath of McCain
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is one of many politicians who have witnessed firsthand the fireworks of an angry John McCain.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John McCain's temper is fiery and infamous—no one is arguing that. But opinions differ on whether his quickness to rage (or passion, some call it) suggests a talent for effective leadership or a risky personal weakness. The Washington Post looks at the history of McCain's short fuse and what it may mean for the Oval Office.

"His temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger," says GOP Senator Bob Smith. Joe Lieberman disagrees: "If anything, his passion and occasional bursts of anger have made him more effective." McCain himself admits to grappling with a simmering temper all his life, and claims to have it finally under control. (More John McCain stories.)

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