I’m convinced McCain believes he’s a moderate guy. I don’t think he’s in touch at all with the way he fires himself up.
What really scares me is when he gets all coiled and hunched like that, taking on a self-righteous or vindictive tone. When that side comes out, the stories he tells of a younger, brasher, indiscreet version of himself don’t feel, at all, partitioned by time. Instead, in that vein of defiance he demonstrates himself quite capable of going off the rails.
McCain Loses His Head (George Will/WAPO)
(image: Eric Miller/Reuters. Key Air Hangar. Anoka County Blaine Airport. Blaine, Minnesota, September 19, 2008.)