If Anyone is Having a Worse Week Than the US Economy, It Just Might Be John McCain

Watch Josh Marshall from TPM for a nice look at some details about John McCain’s not-very-good week (and why he’s been backpedaling from little things like debates).  And Palin just continues to amaze …


Here’s the text of a piece of her Katie Couric interview (you can view it at the end of the clip above):

Couric: You’ve said, quote, “John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business.” Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie – that, that’s paramount. That’s more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

Couric: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He’s also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he’s been talking about – the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you’ve said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.

Katie – I’d watch my back, if I were you!

In other bad news for McCain, Campbell Brown is laying into him for sexism.  This is great. First, McCain picks Sarah Palin as his running mate in a political ploy aimed at garnering the so-called “womens’ vote.” It’s an impulsive decision. He knows very little about her, has met her maybe once — but hey, he’s a maverick! There’s a brief honeymoon, but then reality begins to seep in, uncomfortably altering the picture. What poetic justice, that now he’s accused of sexism and the pressure mounts for him to allow her to be interviewed and questioned by the press!

This has got to be what happens when you either have no moral compass to begin with, or give it up in your ambition addled pursuit of power. (And you have to wonder if McCain’s reputation as a maverick was really always just about impulsivity.)

That this man could be president is terrifying. That large numbers of the American electorate still believe he can and should be president is terrifying.

Oh yeah, and the economy is in the toilet, too.

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