McCain “has raised anew potentially damaging questions of his age, executive abilities and, most of all, his temperament. “

Watching how McCain has handled himself in the economic crisis has put his temperament front and center in the campaign. There’s no way to avoid it. McCain made it the issue himself:

McCain’s high-wire intervention in the financial crisis is his latest showstopper move – and his riskiest. He might succeed, but the candidate’s penchant for the dramatic has also raised anew potentially damaging questions of his age, executive abilities and, most of all, his temperament.

“He has been pretty erratic – there’s no other way to describe what we’ve seen out of this guy in the last week,” an Obama aide said of McCain’s conduct during the financial crisis.

Another Democratic official cited McCain’s “erratic, all over the map response to the economic crisis.”

“Erratic” is one of the best words to describe McCain. “Erratic” is one of the worst words to describe a president.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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