Phil Who?


McCain declares that his campaign’s national co-chair and chief economics adviser, Phil “Mental Recession” Gramm, doesn’t speak for him:

Late Update: TPM Reader DV, with some trenchant questions:

I’m not even sure I know what it means to say you don’t agree with your chief economic advisor’s comments about the economy. If he is McCain’s chief economic advisor, what good is he?

Yeah, I know McCain isn’t obliged to take all of his advice but on something as critical as the state of the US economy wouldn’t you think he’s advising McCain on what the problems and solutions are?

So if he hasn’t told McCain he thinks the economic problems are all in our head what has he told him? If a candidates chief adviser differs so much from the candidate what value is he to McCain?


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