So Phil Gramm finally fell on the sword and resigned from the McCain campaign after calling America a nation of whiners, but his reason for resigning is so delusional that even Rush Limbaugh on a two week bender couldn’t comprehend it.
Get this. Gramm says he is resigning because the Democrats would rather attack him than debate the economy, “It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain’s ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country’s problems, it hurts the country. To end this distraction and get on with the real debate, I hereby step down as Co-Chair of the McCain Campaign and join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters.”
Yep, Democrats are ducking John McCain on the economy. In fact, Barack Obama is so afraid to talk about the economy that he ran overseas to avoid confronting McCain on the issue. As far as I can tell John McCain’s solution for the bad economy is to cut taxes for the rich, which oddly enough sounds just like the policies of George W. Bush. Let me give you some straight talk. John McCain has no economic policy.
He is so frightened of talking about the economy in any depth that he waited for Obama to leave the country before he scheduled the re-launch of his economic plan. Talk about bad timing though. The eyes of the nation will be on Obama overseas, so instead of using the week to talk about his strength, which is foreign policy and national security, McCain will instead hold a bunch of events that will get no media attention.
Phil Gramm can give whatever B.S. reason that he wants for stepping down, but the reality is that the Democrats are drooling at the prospect of getting McCain into a debate about the economy. As we know, Phil Gramm isn’t really off the campaign. He is a McPal so he will lose his official title, but will continue to be a top behind the scenes McCain advisor. That is the way these things work in politics, so with Gramm continuing to pull the strings I wouldn’t expect that McCain will have an economic policy epiphany any time soon.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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