Did you hear what Phil Gramm – former U.S. Senator, McCain for President economic adviser – said? If you’re reading this blog, it’s almost impossible to have missed it. (Hey – don’t whine at me if you haven’t heard what Gramm said!)
It’s become so bad that less than 24 hours into the story the big media is referencing the extent of its own coverage:
Remarks by former Sen. Phil Gramm (R), a top economic advisor to Sen. John McCain, are drawing heavy negative attention for the candidate in the latest media cycle.
1996 was a long time ago – it was the first Presidential election in which I was eligible to vote. Yesterday helped to remind me why the Phil Gramm campaign never left the ground. The man is an economic whiz and one of the most principled conservative statesmen to have served in the U.S. Senate in recent years, but he also is afflicted by a serious case of “foot-in-mouth” disease. Unfortunately, the political give-and-take of the campaign trail doesn’t care much about how accurate Gramm’s assessment was. He could have and should have spoken more artfully, and is paying the expected price.
The result? The mainstream media is all over the remark like maggots on rotting meat, creating the meme that John McCain and Republicans are out-of-touch economic elitists. Maybe, though, Phil Gramm’s biggest problem is that he lacks a certain Leftist messianic aura or the weak-kneed media crush that comes along with it. Barack Obama’s gaffes? Condescending cultural elitist remarks this week by the Democrat candidate himself got little attention from a media establishment that largely shares his views.
If you think there’s no double standard when it comes to Barack Obama, you just aren’t paying attention.