Thursday, October 9, 2008


Michael Kinsley, Daily Beast - Until recently this [McCain] anger business didn't bother me much. There is a lot to be angry about. Furthermore, I was not confident that McCain's anger passed the whose-ox-is-gored test: As an Obama supporter, would I be equally alarmed if my preferred candidate had anger issues? (Which some folks say he does, by the way.) Then I heard the following story.

It comes in an email from my friend Jeff Dearth, a media investment banker and former publisher of The New Republic. We also went to junior high and high school together in Michigan. He would not make this up. In 2005, Jeff attended a magazine industry conference at a casino hotel in Puerto Rico. The guest speaker was McCain. . .

McCain's game is craps. So is Jeff Dearth's. Jeff was at the table when McCain showed up and happily made room for him. Apparently there is some kind of rule or tradition in craps that everyone's hands are supposed to be above the table when the dice are about to be thrown. McCain-"very likely distracted by one of the many people who approached him that evening," Jeff says charitably-apparently was violating this rule. A small middle-aged woman at the table, apparently a "regular," reached out and pulled McCain's arm away. I'll let Jeff take over the story:

"McCain immediately turned to the woman and said between clenched teeth: 'DON'T TOUCH ME.' The woman started to explain...McCain interrupted her: 'DON'T TOUCH ME,' he repeated viciously. The woman again tried to explain. 'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING TO?' McCain continued, his voice rising and his hands now raised in the 'bring it on' position. He was red-faced. By this time all the action at the table had stopped. I was completely shocked. McCain had totally lost it, and in the space of about ten seconds. 'Sir, you must be courteous to the other players at the table,' the pit boss said to McCain. "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? ASK ANYBODY AROUND HERE WHO I AM."

This being Puerto Rico, the pit boss might not have known McCain. But the senator continued in full fury-"DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING TO? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?"-and crisis was avoided only when Jeff offered to change places and stand between McCain and the woman who had touched his arm.


At October 9, 2008 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been credible reports circulated that Cindy McCain has been admitted to hospital ER's on at least two separate occasions sporting injuries that are consistent with those resulting from spousal abuse. John McCain is clearly a mean little runt who seemingly has no problems with threatening violence against women. Is this the personality type we really want occupying the White House? What next? "Wife Beaters for McCain", maybe?

At October 9, 2008 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The woman should have said to him "Yeah. I know who you are. You're that fucking idiot who can't seem to keep his planes up."

At October 10, 2008 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hands high--let 'er fly" as they say.
However, bets can be, and are, made right up to the time the dice pass the center of the table. Hands are not supposed to interfere with the dice as they are thrown. If someone was creating a problem, believe me, either one of the three dealers at the table, the pit boss, or the sky would take care of it. One thing that is considered rude is touching other players or their chips.
To me, the story sounds like bull shit. It's second or third hand anecdotal hearsay originating from a media investment banker. 'Media investment banker'--considering recent events, a source as creditable as used car salesman or lawyer.

At October 10, 2008 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhe above story may or may not be BS, but there are numerous well-documented instances of McCain's violent temper--and the man has admitted to this trait himself.

At October 10, 2008 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The pit boss or the sky would take care of it."

Pit bosses and casino personnel can be mighty obliging in what they'll allow some folks to get by with at the table, if the folks in question happen to be a 'name' or a prominent celebrity. Look at the shit casinos tolerated from the likes of Frank Sinatra for years, to name just one infamous example.

At October 10, 2008 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was around for some of those years. I even worked with Sammy Davis, Jr among others. You have no idea what you're talking about. Sinatra and Davis were highly appreciative and respectful of staff. The feeling was more than reciprocated. I never once saw, nor heard of a situation, where either ever behaved in an inappropriate manner in the casinos.
I have, however, seen security handle more than one high roller who decided to throw his weight around. It happens all the time and the security types love doing their job. Casinos love giving security the opportunity to do so. The truth is casinos look at the bigger picture and they're not likely to let the prospects of some short term pandering jeopardize their relationship with the clients and customers who really bring in the cash over the long haul. Believe me, they don't care who are--if you fuck around, you fuck with their business, and that's not a good thing.

At October 11, 2008 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, 818; I've 'been around' too--and I can tell you right now you're full of it. No one mentioned Sammy Davis, by the way, and I notice you didn't address the well-known Sinatra episodes...and Sinatra was far from being the only one.

You a paid spokesperson for a casino, maybe?


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