I’ve spent so much time being critical of the actions of the Obama’s camp, that I completely overlooked many aspects of McCain’s campaign. But after watching Countdown with Keith Olberman (admittedly a pretty liberal program), I ran into this story. A-freakin’-mazing!
Phil Gramm, top economic advisor to John McCain, threw the campaign a knuckleball when he went on record suggesting that the country’s concerns of a recession are simply “mental” and that America has “become a nation of whiners.” Seriously. He said that.
“We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline,” said the former Texas senator. “You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession.”
Oddly enough, Sen. McCain also suggested that this stuff is all in our heads:
That’s a relief. All this time, I thought the storylines about increased job losses, $4/gallon gas, rising food prices, ever increasing foreclosures, and outrageous costs of health care, and rising college tuition were all pretty tangible. As it turns out, they were nothing more than figments of my imagination. That, or McCain is living in a bubble comprised of the eight homes he and his wealthy wife own.
Anyway, as to be expected the Obama camp was quick to go after McCain:
Honestly, I don’t think the attacks should stop there. The Obama camp should beat this story to the ground. I mean, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if anybody from Obama’s camp made comments even remotely similar to this, the race would be all over for Barack. I mean, you remember all the backlash he received for his “Bitter” comments, right?!
If not, allow me to refresh your memory.