McCain’s “Dismaying Temperament”

MSNBC’s David Shuster talks to Rachel Maddow about a recent column by George Will blasting John McCain as a man that’s temperamentally unsuited to be commander in chief. Well duh.

To follow on a bit from yesterday’s observation about the spreading disaffection on the part of the so-called “liberal” Washington press corps with the darling senator they’d so shamelessly fawned over for years as being a straight-talking “maverick” (while glossing over his shoddy record of non-accomplishment and other dubious shortcomings), it’s perhaps not all that surprising to now see an ostensible arch-conservative like Will also throwing up his hands in disgust at McCain’s childish petulance, populist histrionics and “Manichaean worldview”…

Rachel Maddow!

Shoot, I’d almost completely forgotten that she has a brand new show on MSNBC. So, a little belated, but what better introduction than a clip of her talking to Bill Maher the other day about the current economic clusterfuck (excuse my “potty mouth” language, but there seems no better word for it).

Why do we adore Rachel Maddow so much? Well, obvious reasons aplenty, but let’s start with a specific one right here. Unlike the moronic chuckleheads over at CNN (aka “the best political team since the invention of the salad spinner” or some such balderdash) she’s one of the few people to actually question why anyone this side of Jupiter should be listening to McCain advisor Carly Fiorina.

In case you didn’t know, Fiorina (whose middle name is “Sneed” – I kid you not) was CEO of Hewlett-Packard from July 1999 to February 2005. Firorina described her hapless efforts at that venerable company as an attempt to “Reinvent HP” — something it seems that involved a series of strategic blunders, consequent loss of market share, a 44 percent drop in stock price, and the axing of 7,000 jobs. Oh, and here’s the sweet part, after being forced out of the company amidst much bitter public controversy she received $21 million in cash and an estimated $50 million in stock options. Yeah, like anyone needs her advice about leadership, the economy and the egregious wickedness of “golden parachutes.” But again, it’s all lies all the time — nothing but hypocrisy, bullshit, bafflegab and so on coming out of the McCain campaign these days.

And in semi-related news, an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Friday indicated that slightly more people would rather watch a football game with Barack Obama than with John McCain. Nice to see that many Americans still haven’t learned their lesson.

Look and Learn!

On yesterday’s “Face Off” segment on MSNBC’s Race for the White House Rachel Maddow demonstrates how to shut down right-wing foreign policy talking points, here eviscerating every canned argument Noah Oppenheim had to offer about McCain’s supposed strong suit.

Here’s an especially good exchange:

Maddow: “Noah, when it gets down to concrete issues, and when it gets down to making a judgment call, I think if people are looking at Bush and McCain in deciding to go after Osama bin Laden by invading and occupying for five years a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 — or — actually going after Osama bin Laden where he is, probably in Pakistan, I think people will probably go with the latter judgment.

Oppenheim: “Are you suggesting an invasion of Pakistan?”

Maddow: “He hasn’t said he would invade Pakistan. He said he would go after Osama bin Laden where he is instead of outsourcing the fight against al Qaeda to General Musharraf who happily took our billions of dollars worth military aid and then gave al Qaeda and the Taliban safe haven in the tribal regions. So go after bin Laden or fight Iraq? I’d take the former.”

Come on MSNBC, give Maddow her own show already!

Oh, and just as an aside, Oppenheim, who writes for the arch-conservative magazine Weekly Standard used to be the Senior Producer of Hardball and is now the Supervision Producer of The Today Show. Curse that infernal “liberal media”!