If I had a dollar for every time my mom said to me, "it's not what you say, it's how you say it," I'd be able to finance the bailout all by myself. That in mind, the coverage of John McCain's appearance in front of the Des Moines Register editorial board flummoxes me. The AP I mean god bless 'em, they're quick and fair — but the headline, "McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview" set my expectations high.
They provided a series of quotes, which reading them coupled with the headline made me nervous. McCain said:
Really? I haven't detected that in the polls, I haven't detected that among the base. If there's a Georgetown cocktail party person who, quote, calls himself a conservative who doesn't like her, good luck. I don't dismiss him. I think the American people have overwhelmingly shown their approval.
The answer is that most of my life, in serving my country, I have had health care. I did go for a period of time when the health care wasn't very good.
This plus Jonathan Martin saying a "feisty McCain duels," with the Register and calling him "emphatic, combative, and at times surly" and "hard-edged," I was expecting fireworks of an apocalyptic magnitude . . .
You've seen "what" he said — to see the "how" part, read more.
Is it so bad? I mean I wouldn't say combative or surly? I might go impatient, tentatively bordering on flippant, but this? What's the big deal?