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March 9, 2009

TELL US WHAT?.... On "Fox News Sunday," Chris Wallace asked John McCain how he thinks President Obama is doing so far. The Arizona Republican said he thinks the president is "working very hard," and has "the support of the majority" of the country, but is making a "serious mistake" with his budget. No big surprise.

But then, there was this odd exchange:

Wallace: You ever feel like saying "I told you so"?

McCain: Oh, I'm sure that would be pleasant feeling, but the point is we're in such a severe crisis....

I have no idea what the question even means. McCain might be tempted to say, "I told you so" to the nation? And why would he do that, exactly?

Presumably he could remind us of the time he told us the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Or perhaps he could taunt us by reminding us of his recommended spending freeze as a response to the economic crisis.

Even by Fox News standards, Wallace's question is absurd. It presupposes that, looking back at the presidential campaign, McCain was right about ... something. It's not clear what.

Steve Benen 9:15 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (30)

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John McCain How can we miss you if you won't go away? I sincerely hope he does not get reelected, I don't think I can take listening to him for the duration of the Obama administration.Obama probably should have made him ambassador to Vietnam

Posted by: John R on March 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, what does that question even mean?

Saying "I told you so" to whom? To the voters? To Obama?

What wisdom did McCain try to impart to us that we foolishly rejected?

That wiping out $18 billion in earmarks would solve all of our economic problems?

That we really should hunker down for another 100 years in Iraq?

That Sarah Palin really did deserve to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

What complete nonsense.

Posted by: UncommonSense on March 9, 2009 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

chris wallace looks too much like his old man to blame the milkman, but his act on faux news does make me wonder about his parentage.

Posted by: mellowjohn on March 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Actually, if you get into the Fox mindset, it makes perfect sense. The right has convinced itself that Obama's is a failed presidency. They believe this in their hearts. So McCain saying "I told you so" is aimed at the country for not having the wisdom to pick him.

Posted by: NHCt on March 9, 2009 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

The thing that never ceases to amaze me is the amount of play these republican douche nozzles get in the media. They not only lost the election but they have also managed to bring the country to the brink of disaster. They don't even have the graciousness to be good losers.

Posted by: Gandalf on March 9, 2009 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

I see Chris explained it better than I could have. Nothing speaks more clearly than crazy.

Posted by: NHCt on March 9, 2009 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

I don't think the question itself is complicated: "I told you so" means "I told you that you should have voted for me, and you should have". You're looking for a policy angle, and there isn't one. Typical stoopid librul mistake.

Posted by: MattF on March 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

just that slimy Chris Wallace givin' Insane McCain a little lovin' -- like most of their games, it dont mean much more than "you have a great big shiny male apparatus..."

ho-hum, Fox and their big shiny male apparatuses and their Barbies...

what was MCain right about? Iraq? The Economy? V-P Palin?
I believe that's three strikes an' yer out. or so said the American people...

Posted by: neill on March 9, 2009 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

Chris Wallace is absurd. Why should you expect his questions to be any different?

Posted by: SadOldVet on March 9, 2009 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

>"amount of play these republican douche nozzles get in the media"

Like Cantor getting headlines by saying that Obama's reversal of the Bush stem cell ban is a 'Distraction'? Remember this is coming from the party of 'do nothing'.

WTF? Signing that order took say... 10 minutes?

Posted by: Buford on March 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

Republican politicians' sole reason for being is to be pissy - if they're making those liberal commiefagterroristlovin' progressives angry, they must be doing something right. What's truly sad is that they've convinced a significant percentage of voters that that is a worthy goal. Which is why, when they dupe enough voters to elect them, they don't do shinola.

Posted by: slappy magoo on March 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Fox News has standards?

Posted by: Greg Worley on March 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM | PERMALINK

Nice try Wallace. His obvious objective is to sow seeds of buyer's remorse with the Obama admin. Putting John McCain's face on that agenda is likely to have the opposite effect.

For his part, you have to wonder what McCain hopes to achieve. He's already a lock for The World's Sorest Loser.

Posted by: JoeW on March 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Perhaps at some point, in the quiet of the Senate cloakroom, McCain advised Obama not to run for President, because inevitably a Democrat was going to win, and the president who followed Bush would be inheriting pretty much the biggest mess in US history. Then he could say "I told you so" now.

Posted by: gradysu on March 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

I know exactly what Chris Wallace means. We could have had eight years of McCain diplomacy, Palin expertise, and Wurzelbacher charisma.

Posted by: Chris S. on March 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Look, of course its a distraction from obama's real job which is personally delivering the gay abortions upon which the new stem cell lines will be based. I know that was another of his campaign promises. A live aborted fetus in every hospital broom closet! I have it on good authority.

aimai

Posted by: aimai on March 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Er, MattF. . . . Keep the RedState bullshit out of your comments, and use a spell checker while you are at it.

So, let's project what it would have been like under a McCain administration based on what he did during his campaign. First, we know that for all the kerfluffle about Obama's bumps in the transition road, McCain would have been worse. His campaign was an organizational disaster. Second, we know that a stimulus bill would not have passed. He's not big on goverment intervention except when it comes to WallStreet. So, by now in a McCain administration, we would have had TARP, and, if anything at all, his "stimulus bill" would have consisted of making the Bush tax cuts permanent, cutting corporate taxes to a level comparable to Ireland. Maybe we would have seen some extension of unemployment benefits. I have no idea whom he would have picked for the Treasury, some Reagan holder over. As such, Bernanke would have been running the entire show. Third, my guess is that McCain would let the banks fail, and accept whatever pain as having to be endured for the greater good. Fourth, the only government regulation of the financial/housing sector would be to prevent the goverment from forcing homes on all of those unquailied minority home owners, no regulation of the banking industry, no regulation of hedge funds, etc. Fifth, if McCain were in office, my guess is that we would never hear about the economy, never hear about healthcare, only hear about wasteful government spending, and have a constant stream of foreign and military affairs information coming from the WH press office. That's my best guess? Meanwhile, the stockmarket would become even more of the shortsellers wet dream than it already is.

Posted by: Scott F. on March 9, 2009 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

It's rarely recognized anymore, but thank God McCain suspended his presidential campaign or we'd all be in serious trouble now. What a hero!

Posted by: skimble on March 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Whereas McCain, Palin and Phil Gramm would have pulled the plan Nixon Memorial Super Secret Plan Locker and it all would have been solved by now.

Posted by: Neal on March 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Scott, my RedState bullshit detect-o-meter is pretty sensitive, and my hunch is that MattF was being intentionally sarcastic/ironic about Wallace's question, specifically in reference to the total lack of any substantive policy component in the query.

I can't figure out why Mike Wallace hasn't publicly repudiated his idiot son. Mike was a well-known jerk, but at least he was in contact with reality.

Posted by: bluestatedon on March 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

I get it, "I told you so," you know, you could have had a sour old goat for President, but look what you got!

Posted by: Capt Kirk on March 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

I told you we should have done what Hoover did!

Posted by: Allan Snyder on March 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Or as Double Talk would say - As a President, Hoover was great. As a humanatarian helping so many following the '27 Mississippi flood, he was Bad!

Posted by: berttheclock on March 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Uh, sorry. I should have used the sarcasm tags.

Posted by: MattF on March 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

For the past eight years FOXNEWS folks have proven to be sore winners, and now they are proving to be sore losers! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on March 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

"I told you so?"

Hey, just think, if you voted for me you'd now have Sarah Palin as VP!!!

Posted by: Cool on March 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

"I told you I didn't know jack about the economy..."

Posted by: skeeve on March 9, 2009 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Bluestatedon - If you are correct, I have been pwned and retract. As Michael Steele would say, "my bad." I just don't want that shit cluttering this site. If it was snark as you suggest, I demand better quality snark. Like Grumpy. He makes me laugh regularly.

Posted by: Scott F. on March 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

John King asked the same question a few weeks ago. Maybe it is one of McCains approved questions.

Posted by: justmy2 on March 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Just think how great it would have been to have elected McCain, we would have had Phil Gramm as his financial adviser, Mr deregulation no less, who was probably responsible for what we have now, he wanted more of it. I think he had his fingers into Enron, The Keating Five etc, talk about putting the foxes in charge of the hen house.

Posted by: JS on March 9, 2009 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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