After John McCain advisor and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm disparaged Americans as â€œa nation of whinersâ€ in a â€œmental recession,â€ McCain had no choice but to publically renounce Grammâ€™s statements. Sometimes it seems as if McCain is spending half his campaign distancing himself from the stupid comments of supporters.
Grammâ€™s statements came in a Washington Times interview where he was trying to make the point that peopleâ€™s negative perception of the economy is incongruent with the economyâ€™s continued growth. Gramm actually has a point in there but his condescension ensured he would just come off looking like an ass. McCain, to his credit, acknowledged that many Americans are struggling. But, with Gramm being a top economic advisor to McCain, one has to wonder if McCain really understands the specific economic problems facing America or whether heâ€™s just smart enough to say he does.