FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
When you graduate 894th out of a class of 899, eventually it will show up.
And John McCain's mediocre performance at the Naval Academy is showing up big time this week in his total lack of understanding of the nation's financial crisis.
He told us he didn't know much about the economy… now he's proving it.
So much so that the Wall Street Journal, perhaps America's leading financial publication, is blasting McCain over what its editorial board sees as inaccurate and, "unpresidential" comments about the crisis in America's financial system.
If you're a Republican running for president of the United States and the Wall Street Journal basically says you're an incompetent buffoon, you're in serious trouble.
Specifically the paper pointed to comments McCain made yesterday about SEC Chair Christopher Cox.
McCain pointed the finger at Cox and said if he were president, he'd fire him for "betraying the public's trust."
The Wall Street Journal called that assault "both false and deeply unfair."
The Journal also said, "In a crisis voters want steady, calm leadership… not easy, misleading answers that will do nothing to help."
Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when the Wall Street Journal slams Mcain on the economy?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I don't think so. I'm not going to panic. I think the worst thing a voter can do right now is vote the financial crisis. Right now I'm going to vote the future not the present. I hope that makes sense.
Michael from Bedford, New York writes:
In 2004, when Bush ran against Kerry, he always made a special point of celebrating new home ownership. Being a realtor at that time I saw the "NINJA" loans (no income, no job, no assets) being given and I wondered how the inevitable failures would be spun. Yesterday I saw. McCain who has always been against strong government oversight for the lending business has changed his mind and is railing against the greed. What a clown!
Alexia from Seattle, Washington writes:
McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns. He wouldn't know a financial crisis if it hit him in the face. Trump endorsed him, which makes complete sense because what they have in common is neither knows how many houses they own. Because of the financial crisis, I couldn't buy a house right now if my life depended on it.
No, it will not change my vote. I'm voting "third party." Both McCain and Obama are a part of the problem and my vote means too much to me to give to either of them. Nor do I intend to vote for any incumbents. At some point we need to clean the rascals out.
No, the financial crisis has made me more sure of my vote for Obama. And just for the record I am a 54 year-old, white female, from south Alabama who has voted Republican since my 18th birthday. Thank God I have finally seen the light.
Mark from Pennsylvania writes:
Yes, I now want to vote for Obama twice.
It means that traditional Republican organizations are trying to separate themselves from McCain just as McCain is trying to separate himself from Bush. The only question that leaves is "why?" My guess is because they are smart enough to look down the tracks and see the train wreck coming.
Marjorie from New York writes:
I will get back to you, Jack, after I am done jumping up and down. The Wall Street Journal, and then Obama looking so presidential today at the presser. I cannot stop screaming for joy. McCain’s goose is so cooked.
It means the Wall Street Journal is sick of McCain's off-the-cuff, meaningless remarks. McCain has no ideas of his own. He hijacked Obama's change theme, now he's trying to hijack his economic plan. His slogan should be "what Obama said".
Joe from St. Petersburg, Florida writes:
It means someone's mask is coming off over a month before Halloween, instead of a few hours after Halloween. Thanks to the Wall Street Journal for ringing some bells which hopefully will wake up many voters before November 4, 2008!
John from Fort Collins, Colorado writes:
When the conservative WSJ takes a Republican presidential candidate to the woodshed over his economic comments, he has to be mired pretty deep in the mud. It is unbelievable that any candidate running for president of the United States could be this ill-informed or this poorly-advised.
That they are not going to be referred to as "My Friends" anytime soon. Lucky them.