Friday, July 18, 2008

Novak: McCain and Gramm Kiss and Make Up

Robert Novak reports:

After Sen. John McCain publicly repudiated his close friend and adviser Phil Gramm's comments about a "nation of whiners" and a "mental recession," the two old political comrades patched up their relationship.

Gramm apologized to McCain for his remarks that gave Democrats an opening against the Republican presidential candidate and provided several days of ammunition for blogs, cable television and radio talk shows. McCain told Gramm not to worry about the expected pitfalls of a campaign surrogate. Gramm will continue as an adviser and surrogate.

Gramm remained a steadfast supporter last year when it appeared that McCain's campaign had collapsed. McCain was a loyal backer of Gramm's failed 1988 campaign for president and did not leave until the candidate dropped out of the race.

This is very good news out of the McCain camp, although, I personally thought the split might have just been political posturing.

Gramm was right about his "nation of whiners" comment, and he made a good point, in a sloppy manner, about a "mental recession", but it is obvious that he is politically tone deaf.

It is also obvious that McCain's comments on the economy are getting more sophisticated, clearly, Gramm is tutoring him and McCain is absorbing it.

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