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Phil Gramm vs. the Whiners of America

Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias: Gramm Reiterates “Whiners” Argument: Phil Gramm, who fake stepped down as a McCain adviser while continuing to advise McCain after it became embarrassing for the candidate to be associated with a man who thinks America is a “nation of whiners,” is back at it:

“If you’re sitting here today, you’re not economically illiterate and you’re not a whiner, so I’m not worried about who you’re going to vote for,” Gramm told supporters of McCain at a Financial Services Roundtable event in Minneapolis on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.... Meanwhile, at the peak of the Bush-era expansion, average incomes are slightly lower than they were at the previous pick, which basically never happens. This is by no means necessarily all the fault of conservative policies but it’s hard to imagine solutions emerging from a political movement that thinks it’s “whining” to be worried about problems.

And Gramm says that he is still working for the McCain campaign and was involved in the vice presidential vetting process:

Politics: At today's event, Gramm also defended McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate. "We went through a process of vetting all possible candidates," narrowing it down to three before choosing Palin, he said...