We’re half an hour into the debate, and John McCain is incapable of explaining any aspect of economic policy beyond government spending.
Obama talks health care, and McCain talks about how much waste is created by government spending programs.
Lehrer asks about his position on economic recovery, so McCain talks about public corruption.
Obama criticizes McCain’s tax policy, and rather than defend it, McCain talks about Obama’s earmarks.
In the process, he’s allowed Obama to lash him to the sinking ship of GOP economic policies, accuse him of cutting taxes for the rich while keeping low-income Americans from getting health care, and make him look like a one-trick pony.
Problem is, he may just be a one-trick pony on the economy. The man has never dealt with a budget beyond the federal one, and he has no background in managing private economic issues. And this is after spending a week trying to facilitate an economic recovery package. Will he ever be more prepared to discuss this topic than he is today? And this isn’t even the economic debate!