Note to all politicians: Do not, do not try to BS the AP's Glen Johnson. In January, Johnson was responsible for one of journalism's great moments, when he called Mitt Romney out on his laughable claim that lobbyists weren't running his campaign.
Now Johnson trains his eye on McCain's attempted dual identity as grizzled, experienced Washington veteran; and mavericky outsider bringing the armies of change to that same town. I love the accordian metaphor … reminds me of McCain's voice.
But the strongest case against McCain is not from Johnson, but from McCain himself:
“I was the chairman on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for six years,” he told reporters aboard his “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus amid Monday's market meltdown. “That's the committee that oversights our economy — transportation, science, telecommunications, airlines — all of the factors that drive our economy.”
“Too many firms on Wall Street have been able to count on casual oversight by regulatory agencies in Washington. And there are so many of those regulators that the responsibility for oversight is scattered, unfocused and ineffective,” he told a rally crowd Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.
Uh, yeah. So … are you responsible for oversight of the markets or not, Senator? And if so … what the hell have you been doing lately?