Friday, August 22, 2008

Elitist McCain

For weeks John McCain has been trying to portray Barack Obama as an elitist, and himself as an ordinary man of the people. He’s lying.

Asked recently how many houses he owns, McCain had no idea:

"I think—I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where—I'll have them get to you."

Later staff said it was “at least four” in Arizona, California and Virginia, though Newsweek says he and his wife own seven properties. The man who wears $500 shoes is also from among the richest families in his state. His wife alone is estimated to be worth $100 million. But McCain, he doesn’t think he’s rich:

“I define rich in other ways besides income. Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires.”

That’s a completely disingenuous answer on every level. The common word for it is “bullshit”, and McCain’s starting to pile it up really deep.

Does it matter? Any other time, I’d say no. In fact, I don’t care how stinking rich he is, and I wouldn’t care if he was just moderately rich like the average politician. McCain’s problem is his dishonesty—pretending not to be the out-of-touch elitist he is while trying to demonise Barack Obama.

McCain has demonstrated what he already admitted: He has no understanding of economics. While thousands of Americans face foreclosure on their homes, McCain has no idea how many homes he has and he thinks the economy is fine.

America cannot afford four more years of the same failed policies—America cannot afford John McSame.

Tip of the hat to Joe.My.God for pointing me to the story.

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