Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Learning Curve

Frank Rich eviscerates John McCain in his New York Times column today. It puts together some simple facts. McCain is on a long flat learning curve when it comes to economic policy. Its also a catalog of McCain "changes of heart" on various economic policy issues that made him the media darling for his "maverickness" conjured about by that same crowd of knob slobbering fools in the establishment media.

Mr. McCain’s fiscal ineptitude has received so little scrutiny in some press quarters that his chief economic adviser, the former Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, got a free pass until the moment he self-immolated on video by whining about “a nation of whiners.” The McCain-Gramm bond, dating back 15 years, is more scandalous than Mr. Obama’s connection with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Mr. McCain has been so dependent on Mr. Gramm for economic policy that he sent him to newspaper editorial board meetings, no doubt to correct the candidate’s numbers much as Joe Lieberman cleans up after his confusions of Sunni and Shia.

Oy. That isn't change we can believe in. After eight years of Bush/Cheney a McCain presidency is a disaster we can't afford. His lack of curiosity and laziness with regard to getting up to speed on the economy do not bode well if he is elected. Recall we have endured eight years of a president whose incurious and intellectual laziness brought us to the brink of economic collapse in our mortgage and banking industry. Can we really afford that sort of leadership? I rather doubt it.

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