McCain on bailouts

He's sounding more and more economically conservative of late:

“I will not play election-year politics with the housing crisis,” said Mr McCain. “It’s not the job of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they’re big banks or small borrowers.”

Share this

Playing politics

The one thing we can be sure of is that he is playing politics. Which is not a bad thing when he's pandering to me.

Playing politics?

I thought playing politics involved:

1) Saying something that is popular that you don't believe in.

2) Keeping your mouth shut on issues that would tend to lose you votes.

3) Making vague statements about being for things that are considered good.   Like being for freedom, for peace, for change, etc.

4) Pandering to special interests.


Certainly this particular statement is not  2) or 3).   I'm pretty sure it's not pandering to special interests as it seems only to gore special interests.    Note that the general welfare does not count as a special interest.   I have no evidence that what he said would be popular nor that he doesn't believe in it.

Perhaps you could elaborate on why you think he's playing politics here.  I don't get it.  Unless you were just expressing a generally cynical you have towards all pronouncements made by politicians.   

I think they sometimes tend to goof and actually make valid statements once in a blue moon.  I think it costs them votes too.

Trying to get votes

I read him as saying that he's not trying to get votes but speaking his mind without regard for the political consequences. I highly doubt that he is speaking without regard for the political consequences. Considering the degree to which economic conservatives have been disappointed by Republican performance over the past several years, it's a smart move for a politician to toss them a bone now and then.

Ok, I could buy that

I really don't know that much about the guy other than his McCain/Feingold mess, and his involvment in the savings and loan garbage.    Not a fan for those two reasons.   Although he did give an antiwar speech.  Part of which I read and liked. 

Yeah, and I noticed I was missing a word or two in my prior post but only after I posted it.  Interrupted by the Mrs.