I’m just shaking my head as to how long it has taken Team McCain to throw Phil Gramm under the bus:
Former Sen. Phil Gramm is stepping down from his post as national co-chair for John McCain a week after creating headaches for the campaign by calling Americans “whiners” and saying the country was only experiencing a “mental recession.” In a statement issued tonight, after the national news broadcasts, Gramm, a former Texas senator-turned-investment banker, said he didn’t want to be a distraction. “It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country,” said Gramm, who has been one of McCain’s economic advisers. “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.” Gramm’s decison comes after word that, in his weekend column, Robert Novak was to report that the Gramm and McCain had talked subsequent to the ill-time remarks and that he’d stay on as a surrogate and adviser.
You see – we Democrats forced Gramm to use say the nation is a bunch of whiners. This whole thing reminds me of something Dr. Seuss wrote. After all – Gramm may still be advising John McCain on economic issues:
Gramm’s move tonight appears to be a move to clarify his status. But when asked whether this meant he’d no longer advise or represent McCain, Bounds only said that it was Gramm’s decision to step down from his co-chair post.
And even if Gramm is no longer acting as an economic advisor – John McCain still thinks increasing defense spending and cutting taxes reduces the government deficit. After all – this fiscal policy worked so well during the 1980’s and over the past 7 plus years!