Liberals had a lot of fun last year picking on John McCain for having a short temper. It’s poetic justice that he seems to hold a grudge:
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: Aftertwo 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.”
McCain is already catching some flak for the behavior alleged in this account. Go to the link to read his press secretary’s denial that he did or said anything inappropriate. Note too that McCain’s temper (complete with such frightening displays as eye-rolling and looking at the ceiling) seems to have upset just two participants in the meeting.
In a broader sense though, this is nothing more than just desserts, right? McCain upset most conservatives with his pursuit of immigration reform. He certainly devoted more political capital to the goal than Barack Obama – whom many latinos fear is giving nothing more than lip service to the cause. Now that Obama has all the levers of power, the hispanic community can hold him accountable. And whatever effort he makes, it’ll likely be with no Republican help to speak of.
After all, he won.