Veteran Democrats are increasingly displeased with Republican candidate John McCain's dismissive attitude toward the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama. "McCain isn't showing Obama enough respect," says a Democratic strategist. "He expresses total contempt for Obama, clearly dislikes him viscerally, and views him as a danger." Friends of Obama say this could boomerang. "McCain acts angry and negative," the strategist says, "and we don't put angry, negative people in the White House."
All this could also play into the age issue. If McCain looks set in his ways and too stubbornly dismissive of a younger rival, voters could consider him a curmudgeon set in his ways—not a flattering image.