TOUCHY AND ANGRY…. Honestly, John McCain’s lengthy harangue in Albuquerque is just a cornucopia of nuttiness. Unhinged tirades, baseless attacks, desperate lies, ironic criticism … this speech has a little something for everyone.

But I especially enjoyed this gem.

“My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned…. In short: Who is the real Barack Obama? But ask such questions and all you get in response is another barrage of angry insults.”

Yes, to hear McCain tell it, Obama is “touchy” and “angry.” There are some striking oddities in this speech, but this was the only argument that actually made me laugh.

I mean, really, c’mon. John McCain has been suffering though a temperament breakdown for a couple of weeks now, acting erratically and lashing out randomly. Those who dare challenge him feel his wrath.

He wouldn’t look at Obama during their debate; he snapped sarcastically at the editors of the Des Moines Register; he didn’t want to even acknowledge Obama’s existence when Obama graciously approached him on the Senate floor on Thursday; and he even became ill-tempered with Katie Couric for bringing up a discussion between a voter and Sarah Palin, calling it “gotcha journalism.” He’s been a walking, talking temper tantrum.

Obama has been cool and unflappable; the model of composure when the pressure’s on. McCain has been a hothead, struggling to keep it together.

Today’s comment prompted Josh Marshall to dig up the ol’ DSM-IV: “Did John McCain really just say that Barack Obama gets ‘touchy’ and ‘angry’ whenever he gets questioned on his credentials or policies? I know that projection is a common psychological phenomenon, especially for those who find themselves in desperate situations. But for a set piece speech that must mean it’s afflicted McCain’s entire campaign.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.