Governor Huckabee famously lingered on after he was essentially defeated on the grounds that we all know Senator McCain has a furious temper. And McCain might have a "McCain moment" and implode his candidacy. Slim chance, true, but not entirely unwarranted. Senate staffers have reported F-bombs shouted at the top of his lungs in the halls of power. (He did not, though, bitchslap Senator Kit Bond as the late Senator Moynihan *allegedly* did) Who can blame McCain? 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison camp under torture would give anyone a bit of a black streak. But we never thought that the patrician Elizabeth Bumiller of The New York Times would be the one to make him blow up.
McCain held it together even though it was common knowledge that he detested Mitt Romney only to blow up to Bumiller? From Politico:
''Elisabeth Bumiller: Senator can I ask you about Senator Kerry. I just went back and looked at our story, the Times story, and you told Sheryl Stolberg that you had never had a conversation with Kerry about being, about Vice President –
''John McCain: Everybody knows that I had a private conversation. Everybody knows that. That I had a conversation. There’s no living American in Washington -
''McCain: - that knows that, there’s no one.
''McCain: And you know it too. You know it. You know it. So I don’t even know why you ask.
''EB: Well I ask because I just read –-
''McCain: You do know it. You do know it.''