SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: As a politician, I am instinctive, often impulsive.
JUDY WOODRUFF: McCain goes on to say, “I don’t torture myself over decisions. I make them as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can. Often, my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint.” But that quick-to-decide approach gives pause to some. [..]
FORMER SEN. GARY HART (D), Colorado: On a scale of pure intuitive, pure impulsive versus pure cerebral, pure analytical, I’m putting him very much on the former end.
See, the problem with this approach is that McCain is not the only person forced to live with his consequences and that’s where all voters should be concerned.
Further, as his own Chief of Staff proudly admits, McCain serves no other master than himself, refusing to commit to his party leaders or even participate in their organization to push legislation.
MARK BUSE: The Senate leadership used to get very frustrated with him when they would do their whip checks, their vote counts in advance of votes. He wouldn’t answer. He wouldn’t give an answer. His answer would be, “I’ll vote how I want to vote.” He wouldn’t let them count his vote necessarily. He doesn’t do the daily attendance check.
JUDY WOODRUFF: What’s that?
MARK BUSE: In the Senate, every morning, they check to see what numbers are there so that they know what might happen. We don’t respond to that.
Hard to buy that whole “Country First” crap when he’s shown over his entire Senate career that it’s “McCain First”.