Friday, July 11, 2008

Speaking of stupid politicians....

Former Senator Phil Gramm, currently one of McCain's top advisers, stepped in it Wednesday. In an interview with The Washington Times Gramm said:

"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession.... 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...."
Mr. Former Senator Gramm, I've been out of work for three months as of today. I've been LOOKING for work, but the job market is very tight right now and work hasn't been available. Am I allowed to whine yet?

Slightly more seriously ('cause I wasn't really kidding above), his comment looks a little better in context. But this is still an incredibly stupid thing for a politician to say about the electorate. (If you want to see the context read the article.) This is still better than Obama's comment from the other day, since at least McCain didn't insult the public himself. Nevertheless this is not a good thing for McCain's campaign.

Here's some (free!) advice to all you politicians: Don't insult your constituents!

Incidentally I believe that this disdainful attitude about the electorate is common among Senators. (At least it seems common whenever I pay attention to those gas bags. Disdain can be a two-way street!) I'm sure other politicians have the same attitude too. But I think that the large constituencies of Senators and only having to run for election every six years (often in very safe seats) predisposes them to this attitude more than other politicians. In fact it damn near guarantees it.

H/T to Amba for pointing this out.

(Also a H/T to Reader for pointing out a seriously strange story.)

1 comment:

Randy said...

The sad truth is that the average member of Congress these days has a very small constituency, of perhaps a thousand, very few of whom live anywhere near their actual district, which has been gerrymandered so well as to guarantee lifetime tenure. Those thousand or so are lobbyists and bundlers. The bundlers raise all the cash that's needed from people who never met the member of Congress, don't have a clue where the district is, and don't care either.