Friday after hours Senator Phil Gramm resigned from his position as co-Chair of the McCain campaign.
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."
No, Phil you major-league putz -- what's clear is that you're an idiot, and a detriment to the already-idiotic campaign staff that surrounds chubby cheek.
But note how the Republicans still can't just come clean and say the guy blew it:
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.
But McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said earlier today that Gramm would no longer represent the campaign.
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.
How's that for "straight talk" folks?
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McCain Adviser Calls Americans "Nation of Whiners"
Published July 10, 2008 12:22pm
Every once in a while a high-ranking Republican lets their hatred of everyday Americans slip out into the open.
In an interview with the Washington Times, McCain's top economic adviser Phil Gramm tells America to suck it up and stop complaining about the economy:
"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.
What arrogance. Some Americans are losing their homes, all ordinary Americans are struggling with the high cost of gasoline and the inflationary pressure that is put on food and other every day items, but arrogant Republican assholes like McCain and Gramm could care less.
And note the stupidity that is also exhibited by Gramm - who is McCain's chief economic adviser.
"You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy"
The export "boom" - which Gramm cites as the primary support under our flailing economy, is actually fed by the declining value of the U.S. dollar, which makes American goods cheaper overseas.
The failure of the Bush administration to support the value of the US dollar is being spun by Gramm, McBush's chief economic adviser, as being a good thing. The fact is that the failing dollar is indeed the "primary reason" (Gramm's words) for the major export boom. Our asses (and assets) are being kicked worldwide, and Gramm finds good news in that the world is selling off US dollars in favor of other currencies.
Enough is enough. It's time to get these idiots out of Washington.
Update: Obama and McBush weigh in... first, Barack Obama's reaction:
Democrat Barack Obama Thursday gleefully pounced on a comment by a top backer of his Republican White House foe John McCain that Americans were a "nation of whiners" spooked by a "mental recession."[...]
"Senator Phil Gramm, a top economic advisor to Senator McCain, just recently said that this is merely 'a mental recession,'" Obama said during a campaign appearance in Virgina.
"Senator Gramm then deemed the United States, and I quote, 'a nation of whiners,'" Obama said.
"Well, you know, America already has one Dr. Phil," Obama said, referring to a tough-talking television talk show host and psychologist.
"When it comes to the economy, we don't need another," he said.
"I think it's time we had a president who doesn't deny our problems or blame the American people for them, but takes responsibility and provides the leadership to solve them. That's the kind of president I will be."
and John McBush's reaction (same link):
"I don't agree with Senator Gramm," the Arizona senator said while campaigning in the economically struggling Midwest.
"I believe that the person here in Michigan that just lost his job isn't suffering from a mental recession," McCain said.
"I believe the mother here in Michigan and around America that is trying to get enough money to educate her children isn't whining.
"Phil Gramm does not speak for me, I speak for me. So I strongly disagree," he said, joking that the former senator could be in line for a job as ambassador to Belarus if he won the election.
"Though I'm not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that," McCain added.
Fire him, McCain, if you're serious about your disdain for Gramm's remarks. But John McBush won't do that. The fact is that John McBush is just like the rest of the Republican liars who put themselves, their party, and their religion above the American people and the U.S. Constitution.
Update after Gramm's resignation: -- Well, McSame couldn't fire him, but stood around and kicked the dirt untiil Gramm resigned. I guess Gramm is just too powerful a man for John McCain to fire, so we had to wait until Novak asked why Gramm was hiding deep in the shadows and out of sight.
A stunning piece of mis-management from the latest Republican blunderboy.... Senator John McBush.
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