After John McCain advisor and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm disparaged Americans as “a nation of whiners” in a “mental recession,” McCain had no choice but to publically renounce Gramm’s statements. Sometimes it seems as if McCain is spending half his campaign distancing himself from the stupid comments of supporters.

Gramm’s statements came in a Washington Times interview where he was trying to make the point that people’s negative perception of the economy is incongruent with the economy’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 he’s just smart enough to say he does.

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