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Phil Gramm Returns to McCain Fold

By Michael D. Shear
Turns out, the exile to Belarus was not permanent.

Former Sen. Phil Gramm, the lawmaker-turned-lobbyist who was unceremoniously sent to the cooler by his friend, Sen. John McCain for saying that the recession was "mental," appeared in Aspen with the GOP nominee today.

After Gramm's comments, McCain had joked that Gramm would be "in serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus although I'm not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that."

Gramm told reporters today that he's just a volunteer, but his presence was enough to prompt howls from Democrats.

"Heeeeeeee's back!" read the subject line of an e-mail from an Obama spokesman.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 14, 2008; 7:04 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , John McCain  
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Comments

Demons staying near the Devil

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Lobyist rules in the United States through osmosis ! just like jews rules through fox, ABC and lieberman! any questions??

Posted by: braggingrights | August 15, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Gramm is a bast#ard. Think Enron, subprime debacle, foreclosures, deregulation, Freddie and Fannie and a massive deficit.

His wife is a sl#t who wants to poison workers by passing legislation in the middle of the night to benefit CEO's and kill ordinary workers (like me) by exposure to toxins at the work place. They want to trash the endangerd species act in the middle of the night also. How much money do these a#sholes need. I would like to point out these neocon bible thumpers might want to consider what T. Boone Pickens the oilman, he of the swiftboat fame, has changed his tune towards renewable energy (wind and solar). When the pope was in the USA it was reported Bush was considering being a Catholic. It is my humble opinion these lowlife realize they will not live forever and are trying to save their souls. Sorry boys and sl#t, too late. I shall see you in h#ll. Thanks to people of this ilk we don't have a deficit (opps, I could be wrong there). Voters, instead of thinking what these low-lifes can do for you when you vote, I suggest you look into the eyes of your children, grand children, the ellderly and the handi-capped and think what might be best for them. If we can't leave the world a better place for our children when we die, we have failed miserably.

One last thought, any of you bible thumpers want to sit in place of Bush, Rove, Cheney, Addington, Feith, Gonalez, Delay, Boehner and the like on the true judgement day, well I will see you in h#ll also.

Posted by: WayneFranck | August 15, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain can't cut Gramm loose because Gramm is the mastermind behind the McCain economic program and is the only one who understands it.

Kinda like how McCain can't cut his campaign chief (Black) or foreign policy adviser (Scheunemann) loose despite the "no lobbyist" pledge.

Kinda like how McCain can't cut Rove loose as a political adviser despite Rove's blatant contempt of Congress.

Do I need to keep going or is the pattern clear yet?

Posted by: JohnD | August 14, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

The surge is working? The little people are whiners? Social Security should be privatized, even though the stock market is tanking? John McCain is the only one who can win the Vietnam war?

Fear and smear is all they got. The Republican party has finally painted itself into a corner it can't squirm out of. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of crooks, bigots and liars, as a matter of fact. I'm sure come December we'll have a whole stadium full of Monday morning Republican quarterbacks.

Sucks to be them, eh?

Posted by: What's the Frequency, Grampy McCain? | August 14, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Just one more rich white guy out to screw poor/average Americans.
Gramm is Cheney for the economy.

Posted by: hadenuff1 | August 14, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody actually think Gramm was leaving? McCain has nothing but contempt for his followers. After all, they're following him aren't they?

Posted by: ElectricBill | August 14, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's see here, we've got McCain's economic policy advisor, Phil Gramm saying that American's need to quit "Whining" about the tanking economy and then we have Grumpy McCain himself saying that American's economic problems are all "Psychological"...nope, not much has changed with the Angry Old Rich White Guy Party, also known as the Republican Party.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c
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Posted by: Charles Keating | August 14, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Phil and Wendy Gramm are Enron-boosting con artists who shouldn't be allowed within 1000 feet of any public money, responsibility or position. Please, can we put an end to this self-serving, i-got-mine and-I'm-scheming-to-get-yours crap and get on with trying to fix what's wrong with this country?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they brought him back so he could help bring some more Indian tribe money to Ralph Reed when he and John visit Reed this weekend at a "very special event".

Posted by: steve boyington | August 14, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain's whole campaign is ran by and bought and paid for by lobbyists. How would we know that any decisions he might make wouldn't be because of his lobbyist connections (Georgia) instead of what's best for the country?

McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, and yet he said "I'm the only one the special interests don't give any money to."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gEROVh8zK4

Posted by: BoBo1981 | August 14, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Dicky is back... he has a PHd. in Whine.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 14, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

When will Americans relearn the difference between "economic turndown" and "recession?" Which begs the question: exactly when did a whole bunch of whiners stop understanding this difference?

Posted by: Timothy L | August 14, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"Geriatric John" McLame and "Foreclosure Phil" Gramm have been joined at the hip for more than 25 years.

For a glimpse into the relationship and into the astonishing venality and near-criminality of Phil and Wendy Gramm, see David Corn's must-read article:

http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2008/07/foreclosure-phil.html

The opening paragraph:

"Who's to blame for the biggest financial catastrophe of our time? There are plenty of culprits, but one candidate for lead perp is former Sen. Phil Gramm. Eight years ago, as part of a decades-long anti-regulatory crusade, Gramm pulled a sly legislative maneuver that greased the way to the multibillion-dollar subprime meltdown. Yet has Gramm been banished from the corridors of power? Reviled as the villain who bankrupted Middle America? Hardly. Now a well-paid executive at a Swiss bank, Gramm cochairs Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign and advises the Republican candidate on economic matters. He's been mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary should McCain win. That's right: A guy who helped screw up the global financial system could end up in charge of US economic policy. Talk about a market failure."

Posted by: pali2500 | August 14, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Great, he's back. I can't wait for his next condescending lecture. Please stinking rich old WASP, board member of a giant Swiss Bank, tell me which of my problems are imaginary now.

We're lucky you've deigned to spend you time on the public affairs of this "nation of whiners."

Posted by: BB | August 14, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

If Gramm thinks the recession is mental, he's mental. And so is McCain for bringing him back.

Posted by: Bill J | August 14, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Crooks all seem to flock together ... you and us!

Posted by: mrinternet | August 14, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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