This upstart happens to be Barack Obama. He's a Senate colleague and the Democratic presidential candidate. As such, he has inspired millions to vote for him in the primaries, send his campaign their hard-earned dollars, make phone calls on his behalf and attend his rallies.
When McCain acts so dismissively, so unprofessionally–indeed, so immaturely–he insults not only Obama; he also insults those who have placed their hope and trust in Obama's candidacy.
McCain can barely bring himself to look at Obama–and during the second debate, he referred to his opponent as if he were an object, as "That one":
After the debate, McCain clearly avoided shaking Obama's hand. When Obama made the attempt, McCain gestured toward his wife Cindy. "It's apparent that Senator McCain has some disdain, I think it's fair to say, for Senator Obama. That was very apparent during the course of this debate," said CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Watch the rebuff of Obama's good sportsmanship following a tough debate:
Regarding McCain, I have to ask, "Who is this candidate who presumes to be the president of all of the American people and an international statesman–yet can't even address his opponent by his name or shake his hand?"
Yes, I consider McCain's behavior personally insulting. That's because I'm among "Those ones" who are fully in the corner of "That one."