I don’t mean to turn today into “Bash McCain Day” at Hot Air. However, during the Florida debate he said something that deserves some follow-up. Here’s the clip from last night’s debate.

And here’s the quote:

On a broader range of economic issues, though, Mr. McCain readily departs from Reaganomics. His philosophy is best described as a work in progress. He is refreshingly blunt when he tell me: “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”

Here’s a similar one.

McCain stood before a line graph showing the increase of the alternative-minimum tax, a low-budget campaign’s alternative to the PowerPoint presentation Mitt Romney uses when talking about economic policy, a subject on McCain has said he feels he unknowledgeable that
filling the void would be a priority when selecting a vice-presidential nominee.

Like Mike Huckabee, who joked recently that he “may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night,” McCain suggested to reporters Monday that American consumer culture offered a short cut to expertise. “The issue
of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,” McCain said. “I’ve got Greenspan’s book.”

He said it. He may not remember saying it, but he said it.

Update: By the way

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Update: Hmm. There’s something…missing.

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Oh, found it here. Just click on More News on the front page and scroll down a bit.

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Perhaps the McCain campaign is catching a whiff of why this endorsement might be a problem.

So how could he fix this? I can think of three things. First, get rid of Juan Hernandez and repudiate his policies. Second, repudiate the NYT endorsement, loudly and clearly. Third, announce that unlike last year, he’ll show up at CPAC this year and reconcile with conservatives. Those three moves would go a long way toward mending fences, whether he actually wants to build any fences or not.

After he’s done all that, he might want to think about dumping sugar daddy Soros too.