July 21st, 2008
04:57 PM ET

Did Gramm wait too long to resign from McCain campaign?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When politicians release information late on Friday afternoons, it's because they hope you won't see it over the weekend.

So it was late last Friday when John McCain's campaign co-chairman Phil Gramm quit. A former Texas Senator, Gramm called us a "nation of whiners" and said we are in a "mental recession." Gramm was also serving as an economic advisor to McCain.

McCain distanced himself from the remarks, but the damage was done. Democrats said it's another example of how out-of-touch John McCain is with the average American. McCain had already told us the economy isn't his strong suit. Phil Gramm's comments sort of proved it.

Gramm said he was quitting in order to "end this distraction” – saying it hurt McCain's ability to focus on the issues. What it hurt was John McCain's credibility when he claims to have the answers to our economic problems. Besides, Americans don't like being called whiners.

But that wasn't the only hand grenade from last Friday. That same day another McCain surrogate came out with an absolutely dumb remark of his own. Colonel Bud Day, who was a POW with McCain in Vietnam and is one of McCain's closest friends, defended the Iraq war policy by saying that "the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they're going to kill us." Republicans spent the rest of Friday trying to explain that Col. Day was talking about Islamic extremists, but that's not what he said. And it's a safe bet a lot of Muslims were not amused.

Here’s my question to you: Did Phil Gramm wait too long to resign as co-chairman of John McCain’s campaign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kate writes:
It doesn't really matter if he quit the campaign. Come on, the guy wrote McCain's entire economic plan. McCain ran around for months telling everyone what an economic whiz kid Gramm was, and how he relied on his advice. He may be out of the campaign, but he will very much be a part of any future McCain administration. And, if anyone does not simply tremble at the thought of Phil Gramm's economic plan becoming reality, then they have not read it.

Tasha from Houston writes:
Clearly he waited too long, but the plan was to let Gramm and this story fade away with no action. Then comes Bud, sounding like McCain, not knowing who's who and insulting cultures of people. There really wasn't a choice after the campaign blunder last Friday. Friday was supposed to be "bury Obama on foreign policy" day. McCain's campaign needs another shake-up; somebody isn't doing their job effectively.

Martha from Vancouver writes:
The question should be: Why didn't McCain fire him?

T.J. writes:
That's not the point. The point is what was Gramm even doing as a financial adviser to McCain? Considering he works for a company (UBS) that has been a major player in the mortgage meltdown, how was he ever even selected to be a financial guru for the McCain camp? Makes you wonder who else he'll choose to give him advice if he is elected.

Rory writes:
Another example of republican b.s. These crabby old men with their old cronies and their old way of thinking should all just step aside and let the up-and-coming fix the problems they decided to ignore.

Quentin from New York writes:
It doesn't matter. It was only a 'mental resignation'.

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    No – I wish he was still around and still making bizarre remarks – it would be a reminder of the kind of people McCain has chosen to be his advisors and therefore give us more insight into the way he really thinks and feels about Americans. He may put his "country first" but that country is some idealistic, military picture in his head and he is just NOT who we need now!!!

    July 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    Just one of many that will come and go. If he had not made the news that he was resigning, we would not have known he wasn't gone.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Yes, that 's like trying to put the chickens back in the henhouse after and they have messed all over the place and you stepped in it. You and those around you will remember that you stepped in it with a laugh, but in this case the American people did not find it funny and will remember it.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  4. J.D.

    No, not at all. As an Obama supporter, I wish he hadn't resigned. I've never seen anyone more out of touch with the average American. Oh, wait, I take that back. John McCain has no memory of pumping his own gas and wouldn't be able to guess the price of milk in a store near any of his 8 homes.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Gramm hasn't gone anywhere. He's still lurking in the shadows, hoping for an ambassadorship to Czechoslovakia.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  6. Rosalynd Florida

    He could have resigned the next day and it would have been to late. Gramm's comments emphasize McCain-Bush's disconnect with ordinary Americans.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    The die hard neocon loyalists will have long forgotten about the Phil Gramm fiasco by election day. By then, they'll be voting on important issues like flag burning, gay marriage, christianity and who wears the flag pin most.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  8. Larry in Florida

    He was McCains co-chairman? Learned something today. Thanks Jack.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  9. David, Orlando, FL

    Europeans are much smarter than we are. Is that simple enough to understand? They don’t start needless wars, they keep their economies relatively stable and much stronger than ours, particularly now, and they don’t elect morons to run their countries. Obama promises to think like that while McSame insists on following failed policies for at least then next 4 years

    July 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah


    Gramm should have never been in the position he was in, of co-chairman & economic adviser to McCain. The fact he was in those positions should be a clue to us all, that McCain lacks judgement and good common sense. I don't believe for a second, that McCain did not know how his long-time-close-personal friend, Phil Gramm felt about the economy and the American people.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  11. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Since politics is perception yes he did but by election day people will forget that he was having a mental lapse just like McCain does several times a day.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Terry in Hanover County

    Yes, about one lifetime too long. Phil Gramm is a real piece of work. I hope he and his Queen live well off their Enron largesse while the rest of us eat cake, that is, if we can afford the gas to go to the store to buy the flour, eggs, and milk, but only if they're on sale. Phil Gramm, King of the Whiners.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  13. sarah, indiana

    i for one fail to see why he left in the first place, since he was right about americans being whiners. in europe they have been paying closer to $10 per gallon for a long time, but when we have to pay $4 a gallon we whine. we whine that the government is interfering with our rights and then whine that the government is not doing enough to support the people who made bad choices and lost their homes. we whine that taxes are to high and whine that "someone else" should pay more taxes to support programs for the "poor and needy". we whine. whine,whine. gramm told the truth and should have stuck to it instead of whining that it was misunderstood.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Michael

    It really doesn't matter since he is the architect of McCain's economic
    policy and though not officillay on the team he is still dictating McCain's totally destructive continuation of the Bush policies.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    He should not even had the chance to resign Mccain should have fired him. When a co-chairman of a campaign calls people who are struggling to put food on the table, gasoline in their cars and trying to stay ahead of their bills a bunch of whiners. Then he should have been fired immediately.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  16. Allen T from Ohio

    Did he wait too long to resign? Are you kidding? Jack let's not pretend that John McSame will let his economic guru go quietly in the night! After all if you listen to McSame he sounds like Gramms pet parrot squawking out the same out of touch garbage! Johnny McSame want a cracker.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  17. David, Orlando, FL

    No. It doesn’t make any difference. McSame will never understand the economy if he thinks like his friend and former advisor. Gramm only said what McBush has always thought. With billions in a beer fortune, he has no way to begin to understand the economy. Hopefully the damage has been done.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Michael Cassidy, Lorain, Ohio

    If you think Phil Gramm still isn't associated with the McCain Campaign in some way, then you need to visit with doctor. Too bad though, healthcare isn't free.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Raj, Toronto

    Not for GOP standards. It was quick according to them given how slow they were on issues like Iraq, oil, global warming, terrorism, diplomacy, the constitution

    July 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  20. Esther Marie

    Jack as seen on your blog daily Gramm was just saying the truth

    July 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    Well, he's McCain's "economic guru" and BFF.

    Gramm helped create the Enron loophole which exempted energy trading from oversight – think "oil speculators" – and allowed unregulated mortgage swaps. He's known as one of the architects of the subprime meltdown.

    Even though he's not chairman anymore, he's still involved with McCain's campaign and was one of the major drafters of McCain's economic policy.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  22. Border City Canadian, Windsor, ON

    No Jack, he didn't. The big gap in time has once again confirmed the mis-management of McCain's campaign. Wasn't it only two weeks ago that their campaign management underwent a reorganization to improve the message to the voters? Just one more example of nothing of consequence to say!!! Too many naps by the old folks to get anything done.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  23. don in Naples, Florida

    It really doesn't matter who is running Mccain's campaign. Ultimately his ideas are the root of the problem. We don't want war, and we need someone strong on economy. Mccain strikes out on both issues.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  24. Peter TX

    who resigned again? McCain? please say yes


    Currently in Ohio

    July 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  25. Mark, Oklahoma City

    He should never have resigned in the first place. He should not have said it out loud, but deep down, everyone knows that the people of this nation are the most spoiled rotten group of people on the planet. And yes, we do like to "whine". With the people we have in Washington right now and the two dunder-heads running for President, who WOULDN'T be whining!

    July 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  26. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Yes, Gramm waited too long before resigning. Somewhere between joining McCain's campaign, and his whinning remarks would have been preferable.

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    July 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Yes, he waited too long. The real problem is that McCain didn't know Gramm was a bad economic adviser; because, McCain knows diddly about the economy–so McCain didn't know to fire him.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  28. Judie

    What difference does it make there seems to be an ample supply of McCains people who will step up to take Gramm's place. Foolish is as foolish does and boy are there a lot of foolish straight talking people in the McCain camp. It's like watching a comedy show without the comedy. It is sad.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    July 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  29. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Jack, I think he should still be a cochair for McCain's campaign. And I would love it if McCain announced tomorrow that Gramm is going to be his Secy of the Treasury. Do we want that man running our budget or our finances? No, I didn't think so.

    There is a difference in this country between the rich and the rest of us. They think everything is great as long as they have their money. Then we are whiners. But if they lose their money, then they will really whine. When someone is driving a very luxurious car (or being chauffeured in one), 4.00 a gallon gas just doesn't have the same impact as it does on us. MCBush gets 1900 dollars in social security money. That's 19 fillups a month. Gramm is probably the same.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  30. mike, ohio

    He only resigned because the he was getting too much pressure from the left, the media and was too much of a distraction for John McCain. Although, many of us have to wonder if what Phil Gramm thinks is in step with what John McCain really thinks such as, we are a nation of whiners and things aren’t so bad, I seem to think it is. John McCain said things weren’t so bad not too long ago. The fact that I just paid 4.10 at the gas pump and how bad the mortgage crisis has gotten are signs not from whining but real true problems!

    July 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  31. David Richards

    I'm from Texas and I have always had a special disgust with Phil Gramm. He couldn't have resigned from the McCain campaign fast enough for me. The question is will McCain repudiate the economic policies setup for him by Gramm or will he continue to support the economic fascist agenda of Phil Gramm and George W Bush. Big business and Wall Street interests have benfited from an unprecedented level of cooperation from the federal government for the past seven years. John McCain will apparently continue the Bush/Cheney fascist agenda. If John McCain is elected President we can kiss the middle class goodbye.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  32. Greg in Cabot AR

    I think he should have stayed. I am going to miss the old coot telling me that my problems are all in my mind.

    I suppose from his prespective.....as a former senator living fat off the taxpayers.....I must really just be a whiner.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  33. Bruce in Bend OR

    Hi Jack. Never mind waiting too long. That guy should be behind bars, not co-chairing a presidential campaign. Who vets these sleazebags anyway?

    Bruce in Bend, OR

    July 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  34. Ray, Florida

    Stop your whining Jack!
    Phil Gramm is not really there, he is an illusion, all in your head.
    When I snap my fingers you will wake up and remember none of this.


    July 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  35. Allen T from Ohio

    Let's see Phil Gramm is the main catalyst to Americans paying $4 a gallon, he lobbied to protect UBS the bank that was housing terrorist funds (Bin Laden) he looks like a scary sock puppet, and MCSame wants to make this man Head of the Treasury Department Europe, or Canada here I come if Bush 3 makes it into office.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  36. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    McCain should have fired him before he had a chance to resign. But being a Republican is all about the "Buddy System" and not about doing the right thing, and that is just a glimpse of what you would get with a McCain administration. His campaign is a train wreck waiting to happen, and we can't stop ourselves from watching.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Gramm who??? Jack, I don't really care anymore about these resignations from campaign advisors, supporters, volunteers, etc... Let’s deal with the candidates and what they have to say. Iraq admits they want us out of their country, let’s talk about what McCain has to say about that.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun County Virginia

    Jack, I have a lot of respect for Mr. Gramm. He has pushed for reforms and balanced budgets and that is something Washington really needs when it comes to its fiscal responsibility. That said, his comments made him appear to be elitist and condescending. Sound familiar?

    July 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. marie, SC

    McCain waited about 20 years too long in keeping Gramm as a close advisor.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Dick B

    Doe John McCain have anyone left helping him run his campaign or have they all resigned for one reason or another?

    July 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Jed from Redding, CA

    Prior to his most recent foot-in-mouth comments tonguelashing Middle Class Americans concerned about their own personal investments, Phil Gramm had a host of black marks against him. Most notable are his creation of the Enron loophole and the vice-chairmanship of a foreign investment bank. But, darnitall, McCain likes the guy and was willing to give him a key role crafting his economic policy. Not only should have Phil Gramm been gone a long time ago, if McCain understood economics, Phil Gramm would have never been on his team.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  42. JT in NYC

    I wanted to say I was sad to hear hear the bad news, but I thought that might sound like I'm a whiner.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  43. deano, Peoria, AZ

    No, he didn't wait long enough. He should have stayed. This country HAS become a nation of whiners. We are getting to the point of expecting to be catered to and pampered, while the rest of the world adapts. We continue to expect our government to bail us out of everything that might put a slight strain on us, instead of just tightening up and adapting. This country is on a downhill slide.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  44. Janice Pound

    He should never have been hired in the first place. In his previous position he actually started our economic downfall. Co.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  45. Helen

    As far as I am concerned, He has not left. Mcain is still following is ecnomic policy.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  46. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    No. They wanted him to stay. He quit because they could not make the story go away. His comments were so blunt, that they were unsuccessful in spinning it in a positive direction. Gramm shot himself in the foot, and tried to walk it off, and ignore the bloody trail.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Ahh. Two like minds......one resigns......the other believes he can be President.....To be honest, I think the wrong one resigned.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  48. Keith - Cleveland

    Yes, but that was because of his 'mental recession'...

    Tell him to start doing crossword puzzles... It sure helps my memory..

    July 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  49. A Kraft Naples, FL

    yep...now if only McCain would resign...sigh

    July 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Terry from North Carolina

    The people that John McCain has surrounded himself with had better not be part of his cabinet if he is elected president, or we will be in deep trouble. Phil Gramm is an indicator of McCains poor choices.

    July 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  51. NW Jim

    Gramm??? Who?

    July 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  52. JS

    He stayed just long enough for people to check his background, Enron, the banking deregulation etc, scary stuff.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  53. dennis north carolina

    no, now McCain can only blame his self on the economy.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  54. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    I'm sorry he quit, Jack, although bombast and bluster followed by cut and run is completely in character for my erstwhile representative and senator. Hell I hope McCain picks the son of beelzebub for his running mate.
    Adios Amigo
    Pablo in Arlington Tejas

    July 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  55. Jim Engle

    Jack, We will miss Phil Gramm. He was the best evidence of a party with ties to things "rich and corporate" and exposed the Republicans for what they are. McCain descendent of Arizona's very right wingers with his "my friends" approach can now pick up the ball and funble it anew. Don't for a minute believe McCain will do anything for those other than the "haves". He doesn't care two hoots for the have nots.
    Check his voting record.
    Jim Los Angeles

    July 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  56. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Who cares? It's just not important anymore. McCains' message is old and to the point. We know it isn't working and we don't care. His problem is the people can see it, so who is on his staff just doesn't matter any more.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. LEF in Virginia

    I think Gramm decided he'd better not wait any longer - there's another story coming out about UBS actions involving names of Americans who evaded taxes - and I think he realizes there is even more embarassment coming.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  58. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gramm probably created the most excitement in McCain's campaign since it started. So I'm not sure whether he waited too long to resign or not because nothing else about McCain's campaign generates any excitement.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  59. Mary CT

    Was it longer than it took Obama to disavow Wright? Don't think so....

    July 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  60. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Why are politicians so stupid? Colonel Day is an idiot. But at least Gramm should have the mind not to say anything so profoundly impactful before an election... regardless of whether or not it's true.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  61. Jenna Wade

    Did Phil Gramm wait too long to resign as co-chairman of John McCain’s campaign?

    No, he bahaved like all other right wing nutcases – it was everyone elses fault not his own.

    Just another lobbyist out of the McSame campaign.. How many does he have left 150?

    Just one more reason to vote FOR Obama.

    Roseville CA

    July 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  62. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Gramm is the one who, goaded on by the health insurance corporations, demagogued the Clinton heath care plan of 1993 to death. He is dispicable, but his gaffe is negligible compared to the mountains of smears, gaffes and whatnot the Republican smear machines will use against Obama following Denver.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  63. T. R.

    I blame John McCain for even considering this idiot. Never pick another Texan again, Please.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  64. Jay-Mississippi

    No he did not, I had hoped he would stick around and put his other foot in McCain's mouth.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  65. John in San Diego

    Both Gramm and McCain have each waited too long to look at the clock on the wall and retire from politics.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  66. Harry

    It's always difficult to withdraw from the arena, when our careers start to wane. Someimes we are forced out, or we simply read the tea leaves and understand the new direction does not include us. Which way, will it be for you, Jack?


    July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  67. Annie, Atlanta

    Personally, he should have stayed on. It would have helped Obama tremendously during the Fall campaign season, showing just how out of touch with Americans' reality McCain truly is.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  68. Paul, Columbia, SC

    Who cares? That's history. Stop whining and move on.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  69. Caycee

    He may be out of sight, but I doubt that he's out of McCain's mind. Once McCain learns how to text no one will be the wiser.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  70. Kara Sidney, Ohio

    Poor Mr. Gramm. Maybe he'll take a " mental break " from this " nation of whiners." Boo Hoo.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  71. BOB in Michigan

    Yes Jack he should have quit before he made the stupid gaffe about Americans whining and imagining hard times.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  72. JD in NC

    The reason these ugly comments hurt McCain is that he has no clear or coherent philosophy on the issues. When he speaks for himself, he sounds indecisive and confused. When surrogates speak for him, he sounds petty and small-minded. So far he's been better at talking about "straight-talk" and decisive leadership than actually demonstrating it.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  73. Bruce

    I'm sure his leaving was perfectly timed, the republicans are very good at it. McCain budding up to Bud Day really shows what McCain has turned into. Bud Day was involved in the "Swift Boating" of Kerry. What a dispicable thing for a vet to do to a War Hero. I don't think McCain use to be like this, I sure hope Americans wise up to him in time.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  74. donna

    Gramm has resigned in theory only..we all know he is still part of the fray and will be crafting economic policies for his POSSE member McCain...Gramm may be gone but he hasn't GONE AWAY.....

    July 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  75. Dan, Chantilly VA

    The last thing a whiner wants to here is that they're a whiner. That being said, this guy is an idiot who probably never had to work for a dollar in his entire life. I believe this quote by him pretty much sums up his opinions:

    "Has anyone ever noticed that we live in the only country in the world where all the poor people are fat?"

    July 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  76. Ron

    Hi Jack:

    Gramm is a BIG WIND BAG that should have never been part of McCain's campaign.

    Ron San Diego

    July 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  77. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I don't know why someone has to resign for telling the truth,we have become a nation of whiners,We have come to believe that the government should solve all our problems,I for one would kike to see us stand on our two feet and solve our own problems.It is not the government's place to take away our right fail or succeed!!!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  78. Clincher

    We'll be seeing him again, in McCain's Cabinet. Let's see, Secretary of State.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  79. Scott - Wichita, Kansas


    July 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  80. Betty - AL

    Hi Jack

    So – another Texas Republican bites the dust (so to speak).

    Phil was condescending but at least we understood what he said. I can't help it, but most of McCain's sentences don't have proper structure and I find it hard trying to get his meaning. Maybe Phil should do the talking and speech-making, and McCain should –

    I don't know what McCain should do. He's been in DC for decades, and I can't think of what he might be qualified to do.


    July 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  81. Courtney in Lakeland

    no jack, as long as you get off the boat before it sinks you're in good shape! no since in whining about it now.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  82. Shirley-Ohio

    Resign or not, Gramm feels that we are whinner and so does McCain and they should be branded as elitists for that comment.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  83. Anthony Smith

    Nothing hurts McCain's ability to focus...well, except Johnny himself!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    July 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  84. Gigi in Alabama

    For the Democrats sake, he should have stayed. How can they call any Democrat an elitist when you have people like Phil Gramm around? I have always thought the Republicans that I know were snobbish and elitist.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  85. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Gramm took way to long to resign; McCain should have fired him several weeks ago. Gramm is a nutcase and should get out of the public forum completely! McCain's economic advisors are unbelievably out of touch as is McCain. They are all so wealthy they don't understand the plight of the ordinary people in America today.

    Obama understands!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  86. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, those who are pompous [and bilious!!] usually take a long time leaving their 'chair'!!
    Like so many before him, he has become a 'whining' carcass of political methane!!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  87. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn


    Do you believe he has left? As long as McCain continues to rely on the Econmic plan drafted and put together by Dr. Phill (who up till now, has refused to apologize to Americans for his insault on us), then the man is still very much around.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  88. vern - anaheim ca

    jack ,yes john mcain waited too long to part ways with former sen. phil graham,i don't like graham catoregorizing us as a nation of whiners,we are a hard working people who have been put in the position they are in because of this administration. obama all the way in 08'

    July 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  89. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Phil Gramm has been a member of the House as both a Democrat and a Republican and a Republican Senator from Texas as well as a lobbyist among other things. He should have been a used car salesman and never entered politics in the first place.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  90. David Harrell, Woodhaven, Michigan

    I said: "Imagine McCain as Prez and Gramm as Treasury Secretary".
    Hmm. They would be Bush/Paulson clones, anyway. And we know how well our economy is doing at this very moment.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  91. Dave from Toronto


    It is never too late to atone for one's sins. It is refreshing to see a US Senator with a conscience.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  92. Mary M. Mansour

    McCain's campaign is a blundering and boring series of ineptitude and situations resulting from the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. At least the Bubba Bush had that creep Rove running his campaigns like diabolical clockwork.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  93. Bev, Los Angeles


    He was one of the architects of the Enron loophole, he's hooked up and represents RSB (Royal Bank of Scotland) that had a huge role in the mortgage meltdown. And, he thinks were a bunch of whiners who don't understand how strong the economy is.

    How late is too late? McCain should have NEVER HIRED HIM!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  94. Jon in Connecticut

    Mr. Gramm never would have resigned if he had not been forcefully asked to right Jack? Have Gramm open up his own bank account statements in front of Wolf Blitzer or Lou Dobbs. Now he has enough time to ponder over his own imaginery mental recession for shooting his mouth off. Just listening to the whining voice of Gramm makes me want to puke!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  95. Dave in Saint Louis

    It’s always difficult to hear the truth. The fact is he was right. I think he should have stayed on nothing wrong with some straight talk. So I thought?

    July 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  96. Harold from Anchorage, AK

    I dunno about Phil, but John is taking too long to resign from the campaign. I don't think 71 years is too old to be President, I'm just saying Mccain is too old.
    He doesn't need my country to play with!

    July 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  97. Vinnie Vino

    He sure did, the same day he called the Nation a bunch of whiners that night McCain should of asked Gramm to resign or fired him...

    C.I., New York

    July 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  98. Kerry Diehl


    But all is not lost, perhaps Phil Gramm, Rev. Wright and/or Jesse Jackson can get together for writing a best seller together.

    Perhaps it could be called "Foot-in-Mouth"....a lesson in how not engage the mouth before the brain is totally engaged.

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    July 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  99. Bernie

    Gramm is certainly not up for a 'Grammy' for his remarks.

    Lowell MA

    July 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  100. me46

    Razicudlo – Las Vegas
    Ones words belong to them alone. They may be weighed but should not be judged – for only the speaker understands their true context.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  101. Terry, Manassas, VA

    Jack, he waited just long enough for them to figure out another way to be involved in the McCain campaign without looking like he's giving him advice. It took a little longer than you'd think because Gramm and the long distance phone guy could never agree on a good four-hour window for installation.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  102. Paul In Texas

    Yes he did and Mccain should of asked for his resignation when he made such a statement or was Gramm talking about McCain and himself being whinners. Oh by the way McCain wants all the whinners to shut up so he can build 45 Nucler Power Plants and they could keep the waste in their backyard.

    July 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  103. elizabeth martin

    i am not surprised people born with silver spoon do not understand the plight of the poor.i went to the pharmacist to pick up my medication. i had only $30 . ihad to make a decision ,either pick up the med or buy gas in my car to get home.those who have never been inneed do not know what it is like not to have a choice in life.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  104. Carl in South Carolina

    It doesn't matter wheather Gramm resigns or not . The basic problem for McCain is the same. Big rich people who don't have a clue as to the problems of the poor in the United States.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  105. Linda in Florida

    I wish he would have waited until he made more moronic comments to show the McBush campaign in true light. I, for one, hope this election proves to be the biggest landslide (in Obama's favor) in US history!

    July 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  106. Nick - Cary, North Carolina

    Anyone being paid by the Swiss Bank UBS to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis (as Gramm was) has a conflict of interest and should have never been part of the campaign. Since Graham should have never been a part of the campaign I guess no matter how long he stayed it was too long.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  107. Pietro from NYC

    He should have stayed longer. The crew of the Titanic went down with the ship, so why shouldn't Gramm stick it out till the very end?

    July 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  108. Chryssa

    Yeah, people have already forgotten who he is and what he said. Wait, who are we talking about?

    Boise, ID

    July 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  109. Anne/Seattle

    Unfortunately for my friend Mr. McCain, it's not Gramm that has waited too long to step down. It's Mr. McCain himself who has waited too long to run for president. He's too old and has lost any of the qualities that could have made him a great candidate.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  110. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    No. Even though I am not a fan of McCain, I think that Gramm is a very bright man and at least understands Economics. He may not be the most cautious politician in the forest but he was giving his opinion and it is a valid one. I for one am sick and tired of all these politicians throwing their friends and grandmas under the bus.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  111. Dianne

    Time to pass the torch to the next generation!

    McCain surrogates blaming 'Muslims', calling Americans 'whiners', and saying the economy of today is a 'mental depression'? Now, this morning McCain tells us Pakistan borders Iraq, huh?

    Jack, this leaves me shaking my head, what's up? These guys stayed too long at the fair.

    Is there any doubt, Barack Obama is by far the BEST candidate for President. Surely NOT.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  112. Billy G in Las Vegas

    Phil Gramm could have departed months ago BUT the very fact that McCain would select someone with his background as a campaign co-chairman and senior economics advisor, shows his complete lack of judgement.

    while as a Senator and later as a lobbyist, Gramm pushed through Federal regulation changes in the financial industry and market rules that lead directly to the current excess speculation in energy markets and the mortgage meltdown.

    all the Democrates need to do is remind working people that McCain would probably select either Gramm or someone with his "let the whiners eat cake" midset as Secretary of Treasury. you could even get a rerun of Henry "Billions for the Banks but not one Red Cent for Home Owners in Foreclosure" Paulson.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  113. Diane Glasser

    Yes and it makes McCain's campaign seem out of touch and slow to recover their mistakes. This is an ominous message to the voters of what to expect if McCain is President. Diane from PA

    July 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  114. Bruce St Paul MN

    His timing is not important, nor is his resignation. He is gone but not forgotten. His disdain for the problems of the common man are part of the far-right mindset. Gramm is not a rogue element in his party, he is Republican mainstream. Despite admitting the existence of global warming, McCain is in the same corner. His stance on the Bush tax cuts and insurance reform show the Maverick for what he is, part of the problem.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  115. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Yes, Phil Gramm waited too long to resign as McCain's economic advisor after calling Americans hurting from the poor economy as "whiners." John McCain waited too long to run as president. These men reresent the Republican Party: aging, frail, no memory for history, no sense of geography, and terrible timing. They have no empathy for poor and working Americans who find the American Dream out of grasp.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  116. Darlene - Philadelphia

    Now can we just get McCain to resign the nation would be better off.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  117. Dave from Maryland

    His resignation is irrelevant, just like everything else about McCain. I think that McCain may have been a decent candidate in 2000 but his time is past. All of his policies and stratgies are straight out of the Bush playbook. Are we sure that Karl Rove isn't hiding in the background advising McSame?

    July 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Luwanna


    Gramm was in a mental recession and needed time to whine... poor guy... it must be tough being wealthy enough not to have to whine about the price of gas or the price of a loaf of bread.

    Luwanna Guysville OH

    July 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  119. Kerry

    Actually, McCain sdhowed how little he knows about the economy for supporting and making statements like "he's the best economist I know."

    "You're doing 1 hell of a job Brownie...."

    July 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  120. Diana from NJ

    I personally don't believe he is gone but in the background waiting and advising. After paying an increase of 315$ American dollars in our gas bill from one month to the next I was whinning.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  121. Kenny in NC

    No he did not. He should still be involved in the McCain campaign. Obama could use his knowledge in the McCaine campaign. He is doing a great job for Obama as an adviser to McCain.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  122. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No,I wish Gramm hadn't resigned. He was bringing much needed laughs and entertainment to what is,so far,a boring campaign. I like people who have no clue,they tend to open mouth,insert foot and think much later.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  123. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    McCain should've publicly forced Gramm out instead of allowing him to resign on his own timetable. Now it looks like McCain condones Gramm's policies which is NOT a good thing since he sounded like he had no sympathy for how the "regular" people are living economically.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  124. Jim S

    Gramm's damage is done. He's simply another of rich cat "Let them eat cake" republicans who have no idea what the common man and woman face each day. It's a good example of what a McCain administration would encompass. Just another version of George W. Bush! We can no longer afford the Republican borrowing, spending, and saber rattling. Our economy clearly shows what they have done to this nation~

    July 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  125. Tony,.......Lou, Ky.

    Why should Gramm resign in the first place? He still has the right to say what he feels in this country, at least, until our officials take that right away from us! On a different note, I fully agree with Col. Day's comment! And I could care less who's "offended"!!!


    July 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  126. Casey | Tecumseh, Missouri

    It wasn't soon enough for me, Jack.

    The fact remains that Phil "Nation of Whiners" Gramm is the basis of John McCain's entire economic understanding.

    He's the same guy who invests in porn movies and offers us Enron and deregulated banking and insurance legislation. A morally corrupt Washington insider who is all but the man behind the McCain curtain.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  127. bob, oshawa, canada

    Jack, who really cares? Just another dumb statement on two different occasions by two different McCain supporters. If they resign, then they will be replaced by others who have the potential for another Macacaw moment. Judging by the the state of the economy, Americans have every right to complain when they see financial institutes getting government bailouts while they the people can comfort themselves as being victims of the market place. Setting them back up in business with taxpayers' money doesn't seem right.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  128. Kelly, Philadelphia

    I still can't believe Obama is the one being called an elitist when Gramm trivialized the financial hardship of millions of Americans as whining crybabies. If it took McCain this long to ask him to step down, imagine what type of decisions Mccain would make as he takes the mantle of power. Remember, mavericks do whatever the heck they want.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  129. Karen - Branson Missouri

    Yes, Gramm waited TOO long to leave and McCain waited TOO long to get him to leave and the scariest of all...the thought McCain would STILL give Gramm a high position if he were President. Oh, perish the thought!!!!!

    July 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  130. terry robinson

    jack we american are tired of the same old mud in this counrty people have woke up and are taking this country back with their vote and will con't to do so even with dem's the voter will kick out the non-worker in congress but other country are wanting to see us grow and have peace with this country with out worrying about getting a bomb dropped on them for speaking out or just running their country the way they see fit with out the chain gang or oil men taking over there land.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  131. ken james in tacoma, wa.

    Jack, It just goes to show you that you can be judged by the company you keep real close to you! These candidates must use their associates, advisers and campaign co-chairpeople as tools to help them win the election. As it turns out, Phil Gramm is simply a tool!

    July 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  132. Michael In Maine

    No Jack,

    Persoanlly I wished he'd stayed on and run his mouth some more to continue to show americans just how far out of touch McCain and Company are with the struggle everyday citizens of this country are really having. But listen to me whine.

    Michael In Skowhegan, Maine

    July 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  133. David from Menifee, Ca

    it seem everything Mcain or his team do is late.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  134. stephen from TN

    Seems about right to me....Everything in the grandpa McBush camp goes at that pace...(of coarse I'm probably just one of the "nation of whiners").

    July 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  135. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Actually, I wish Gramm was still there helping to make McCain look foolish every day. I can hardly wait to go on my computer every day to see what stupid comment or crude joke has come out of that mouth.Come on back, Phil. Your talent of making McBush look ridiculous made me so proud.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Ralph in New York

    No, Jack. We already know how weak McCain is when it comes to the economy, so Gramm's resignation doesn't tell me more than I already know.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  137. Dennis from Phoenix, Arizona

    McCain must think that all Americans have short memories when he brought Phil Gramm on board. Gramm is nothing more then another Reagan Republican puppet who stood behind the passage of a lot of legislation that screwed over the middle and lower classes to benefit the rich and wealthy during the Reagan years. If people like this could have their way...America would look a lot like Mexico where you have most of the countrie's wealth tied up in the hands of a small group of families and a very tiny struggling middle class.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  138. Frank Yorktown, VA

    Simply put, Yes, He should have resigned prior to opening his mouth. However, McCain speaks for himself. This is the excuse Obama used when those around him made verbal blunders and you dropped the subject, now do the same for McCain.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  139. maripil

    The Bush administration and McCain, are in a desperate mode again to spin and spin every freaking word of Maliki's statements of a timeline withdrawal. It is clear that the Iraqis favor Sen. Obama's 16-month timetable!!! The Whitehouse frantically called poor Maliki to take back his words of timetable withdrawal to save the old Sen. McCain from looking like a moron and from kicking and screaming!!! This is the Bush Puppetry in the works.....

    Sen. McCain is very much on the offense as he rejects a timeline since he wants to stay for 100 years in Iraq!!!!

    Kudos to Sen. Obama. He looks and acts so presidential in the world stage. Everyone one seems to love him abroad.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  140. Marty, Idaho

    The problem with his timing is that the american people aren't done whining about the economy, Jack.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  141. Jan Patoka Illinois

    No way he was wrong, sad but true.High time we face the music. A lot of work to do!!! Americans will eventually do the right thing, we always do.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  142. Mary- Louisville, KY

    Jack, do you really think Gramm is gone? He may have "resigned" but he will still be a major part of McCain's campaign. Even worse, Gramm's economic ideas are what we will face if McCain is elected.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  143. Nancy, Tennessee

    We elect a President in hopes that he will try to lead the country in the direction that will make life better for all Americans. Senator Gramm needed to resign because he doesn't know what would be better for the less fortunate of our country. He can only understand what the elite have and forgot that others are having a hard time keeping a roof over their heads, food on their tables, and the energy bills paid. He could benefit from a dose of reality.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  144. judy from wisconsin

    He may have formally resigned, but don't ever count out any of McCain's "friends". Just like Bush he's deep into cronyism. Gramm is one of the people behind the curtain pulling the strings.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  145. Squier

    No, it was the correct moment to resign, because Gramm’s foot was only partially in his mouth before he made these dumb statements, and now McCain’s feet are lodged at the back of his head because of what Colonel Bud Day and Phil Gramm have said.

    El Paso, Texas

    July 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  146. Darren S.

    The father of the Enron Loophole should of never been on McCain's campaign but then again, his campaign is laden with lobbyists and some other of his less-than-honorable buddies.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  147. Erica,TX

    Hi Jack,

    He resigned with his fingers crossed behind his back!

    July 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  148. Debbie from CA

    No, he made it in time – before the media had a slow newsday and started to talk about Gramm's involvement in bank deregulation, power deregulation, the Enron loophole, etc., etc. and unimportant stuff like that. Instead everybody got their panties in a bunch about one statement and got him thrown off the bus for having an opinion that could have been an opener for some interesting heated discussions.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  149. mitchell ,arkansaw

    yes,but he was going for a record,to try and top lieberman's record stay with the 'maverick'.in stead of calling america a nation of whiners,he should have joined lieberman,in his 'whiney' sounding campaign against the leader of his former party.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  150. Jeff in CT

    No Jack, the timing was perfect. With Phil Gramm's involvement in a corporation which, in large part makes it's profits from money laundering for rich people, it just puts a sharper point on the probability that if anybody goes with the GOP in November, they're voting for the McSameold.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  151. Rick PA

    Can't have any banking scandals. It might bring up the Keating 5 again.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  152. Bill from Alabama

    No jack: he resigned just like any other Obama campaign leader did when they mispoke. It just seems to be a fad in both camps,doesn't it!

    July 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  153. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    The question should be why didn't John McCain immediately show Huckleberry Hound the door the moment he uttered that mental trangression.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  154. mitchell ,arkansaw

    yes.he thought we were whining,but,really we're just "bitter".he's lucky we're not beating him up with our bibles and guns.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  155. James, Michigan

    The only thing that would be as good as out of touch Gramm resigning would be for out of touch McCain to follow suit.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  156. Al, Lawrence KS

    So how many surrogates, both Rep and Dem, have been thrown under the bus to date. We've had former senators, pastors, generals, economists, ad nauseum. Here's a novel idea. Why don't we just let the candidates talk, and listen to what they have to say. Who cares about all of the other people who think they are more important than they really are.

    July 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  157. Bill from Alabama

    Ps Jack: At least Mccain didn't try to defend him like an "Old Uncle" for weeks,til he made ,yet another blunder,like Obama did Wright..

    July 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  158. Jane - WI

    No, it didn't take Senator Gramm too long to step down. It took as long as it took many of those on the Obama team to step down after their gaffes. However, I don't think Senator Gramm needed to step down. What he said was correct, if perhaps too politically incorrect. America has become a country of whiners. We have had it too good for too long, and have become soft. If we lived during the Great Depression, perhaps I could understand whining. we are in no way in as bad a situation as there was during the Depression. I guess the truth hurts now a days.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  159. Kevin Downey,Wilmington, Vt.

    Jack, Phil Graham waited too long to close his mouth; the ol' open mouth, insert foot syndrome.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  160. Charlene Rush

    It has often been said, that you can judge a person by the friends he keeps. McCain, trying to please the "far right", may find that he went WAY TOO FAR, right.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  161. Randy, Salt Lake City

    He should've never been in his group of advisors in the first place -HE SHOULD BE IN PRISON

    July 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  162. Shafi Alam

    It shows that John McCain was too slow to understand to what extent we Americans could be hurt by being called “nation of whiners” and the economy being in “mental recession”. To be competent commander in chief, any person has to be faster in action than this, and to be the President of American people, he has to be more in touch with them.

    Also a person could be judged by the kinds of close friends. Colonel Bud Day does not understand the difference between peace loving more than a billion Muslins at large and only hundreds of Islamic Extremists. John McCain also showed that he didn’t know the difference between Shias and Sunnis, the basic knowledge required before supporting the Iraq war.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  163. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    Phil Graham is another example of GOP elitism. They don't care about average folks and their problems. The fact that he waited too long to leave is typical elitist. Why should he quit when he thought what he said was right and so did his cronies.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  164. Deborah from Sausalito, CA

    HELLO! The main point is not that it took so long for Gramm to resign, it is that apparently McCain had neither the wisdom or the cojones to fire him! Just what we need, another stellar "Decider" in the Oval Office.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  165. Ed North Carolina

    A resignation from the campaign doesn't really mean a thing. His point of view is McCain's point of view. Don't for a minute think Phil Graham would not be an important part of a McCain administration.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  166. Mertis in Atlanta


    No, he stayed just long enough. By the way, I believe WHINNER trumps BITTER... Your thought???

    July 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  167. Marilyn from Louisiana

    Do you think Gramm truly resigned? I don't think he has. I believe he is going to work very hard for McCain in the FAR back ground. However, Gramm did over load his mouth. (Keep your eyes and ears open for Mr. Gramm). He will be around until November.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  168. Vera from AZ

    Why should he resign? Phil Gramm is only repeating what John McCain has said publicly in the past.
    John McCain has also said that the economic downturn is psychological. Having on multiple occasions admitted his limited understanding of the economy, Senator McCain instead turned armchair psychologist to diagnose the U.S economic slowdown.
    In April, McCain told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that a lot of our problems today, as you know, are psychological. Apparently, seven months of job losses, oil at $130 a barrel, record gas prices at the pump, 47 million uninsured and a devastating home foreclosure crisis are merely figments of Americans’ imaginations.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Ian, Canada

    Phil Gramm may not have helped John McCain but I doubt that those low information voters out there know who he is, in what he believes, what he said or the context in which he said it.

    This election is a referendum on Barack Obama. Is he or is he not a scary muslim leftist liberal radical bent on "preverting" family values? McCain's just revising Herbert Hoover's role.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  170. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    I have no idea why he resigned his official position. He is such a brilliant economist. He is right. $4 gas and rising food prices, mortgage foreclosures are all in my head. I really hope that this brilliant mind continues to advise McCain. We need more Presidential advisers like him.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  171. David A Morse, Stoneham, MA

    The real issue is Not, did Phil Gramm wait too long to resign, but why didn't McCain fire him. Its because McCain still hopes to appoint Phil Gramm as Treasury Secretary if he becomes President. If McCain had fired him than it would be difficult to appoint him.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  172. Jay, Denver CO

    He should not have resigned at all. It is a mental recession and the country is full of whiners.

    He and I have millions of dollars and we are doing fine. Everyone should just be like us and stop whining.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  173. Tasha Houston, TX

    Clearly he waited to long, but the plan was to let Gramm and this story fade away with no action. Then comes Bud, sounding like McCain, not knowing who's who and insulting cultures of people. There really wasn't a choice after the campaign blunder the day. Friday was suppose to be "bury Obama on foreign policy" day. McCain's campaign needs another shake up, somebody isn't doing their job effectively.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  174. Norman Walters Elizabethtown, KY

    After Phil Gramm called the American people a bunch of whiners, most of the major networks for the most part let him get away with that. Now, the old man (McCain) is whining because the NYT didnt put his post on the editorial page and once again the major networks are letting the Republican whiners get away with what they called everyone else. So.... let's be fair and balanced here and point out that Gramm and McCain are the whiners.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  175. Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

    The question should be, why didn't McCain fire him?

    July 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  176. Michael M Phx AZ

    McCain can sure pick 'em, can't he? I would have made a better Economic Advisor than Gramm, but then again I only have a BA in Economics from a California State University (where the best coursesI ever took was American Economic History and Labor Economics), and I'm a Dem to boot. I don't believe that Gramm has really had the chance to work a "real" job or career anyway, so of course he doesn't have a clue about the working class Americans.

    July 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  177. TJ

    Did Phil Graham wait too long to resign? That's not the point. The POINT is what was Graham even DOING as a financial adviser to McCain? Considering he works for a company (UBS) that has been a major player in the mortgage meltdown, how was he ever even SELECTED to be a finacial GURU for the McCain camp? Makes you wonder who ELSE he'll choose to give him advice if he is elected.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  178. Rory

    Another example of republican BS. These crabby old men with their old cronnies and their old way of thinking should all just step aside and let the up and coming fix the problems they decided to ignore.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  179. Harvey Sussman

    Phil Gramm is a disaster for America. The thought of him serving as Secretary of Treasury sends chills down my spine. He would bankrupt and corrupt USA just like he did by proposing, as a Senator, deregulation bills to allow current mortgage loan crisis. His presence illustrates McCain's lack of judgement.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  180. Kate R

    It doesn't really matter if he quit the campign. Come on, the guy wrote McCain's entire economic plan. McCain ran around for months telling everyone what an economic whiz kid Gramm was, and how he relied on his advice. He may be out of the campaign, but he will very much be a part of any future McCain administration. And, if anyone does not simply tremble at the thought of Phil Gramm's economic plan becoming reality, then they have not read it.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  181. Myrock, Atlanta, GA

    Actually Jack, with all of McCain’s surrogates speaking out of their heads… Maybe one day McCain himself will leave the campaign… and that Jack would help everyone…

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  182. Diane L. Pelletier

    Jack, It is very apparent that like Bush and Cheney Graham and McCain have no clue or even care what the American people think and feel. They all have ALOT of money so they don't even get it what it is like for the middle class or people like me who live on social security (a fixed income). McCain should be happy that Graham has left or has he? Diane from Rohnert Park, Calif. Go get them Jack.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  183. Gene, Jacksonville, Florida

    Did Phil Gramm wait too long? No! John McCain did!

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  184. Cliff Dick

    No he should have resigned. I must agree with you Jack that most Americans are not whiners-LIKE YOU JACK

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  185. Elizabeth

    Resigantion signals that he understood what he said was inappropriate. It says nothing about McCains opinion of what he said. If McCain didn't agree with what Gramm said than he should have fired him.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  186. Eric Bottoms

    I dont think there was a single thing wrong with what Gramm said. Americans do complain and whine about everything these days. It is such ashame. Americans need to grow up and not let their feelings be hurt like a child when the truth is spoken.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  187. Daniel C Miller

    Jack, the only suprise in Phil Gramm departing from the Mccain campaign is that it did take so long. The way I see it investigative journalism like Mother Jones exposed his act a month ago, and Mccains campaign needed a less damaging reason to drop Gramm then what he was exposed for. I can't believe he was considered a viable option as an economic advisor, or any other open positions. If he is a true sign of what Mccain brings to the table, God help us if Mccain gets elected.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  188. Connie

    Richmond, VA

    Given that Mr. Gramm was the architect and benefactor of the Enron loophole, he should never have been on McCain's staff to begin with. Gramm has used his lobbying ability with UBS and thorouhly abused the American people. He is in large part responsible for the current foreclosure trouble we're are experiencing!

    I don't care if he has "stepped down"; I'm more worried if the economic plan that he wrote for McCain will still be used! I guess it's easy to call us "whiners' when you have made your fortune deregulating and lobbying for big business all these years as Gramm has!

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  189. Steven Davidson

    Phil Graham should not have resigned at all. He was the only one tied to McCain that understands our dire financial situation. I can't vote for either candidate based on the amnesty issue. However, if I were to hold my nose and pick one it is a lot less likely that it will be McCain.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  190. Lee from FL

    he had to finish writing the his economic plan first
    what was the name of it,oh yeah, its called
    "a nation of whiners"

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  191. Sayo Houston, Texas

    Of course he waited too long. 41 days until the convention and he decides now? Obviously the McCain camp doesn't have their act together. They better get prepared for what's ahead on the trail to the election or else this will be a landslide victory for Obama.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  192. VBarnes (Tampa, Fl)

    Of course, he waited too long. But the real question now is will McCain demonstrate he is serious about disavowing Gramm and his thoughts on the economy by getting rid of the economic plan Gramm created for McCain's current presidential campaign.

    Democrats have known the plan wasn't good for middle America or any part of America from the start.

    Now it's up to McCain to put his money where his mouth is (pun intended). If Gramm really doesn't speak for Mccain on economic matters then Mccain must rid himself of the Gramm economic plan!

    July 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  193. Johnnie (Starkville, MS)

    Yes, he has waited to late. Mccain should have thought about that the first time he brought him back. Now it doesn’t matter if Mccain gets rid of him or not because we know Mccain is going to keep his same economic views. I think that’s enough about him, I don’t want to sound like I’m whining.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  194. Dominick D'Anna

    Jack, The question is not whether or not Gramm took to long to resign, it is what does selecting Gramm in the first place say about the value of Mc Cain's self-proclaimed "judgement and experience"

    July 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  195. eric

    Jack: Grahm more than likely bailed before someone connected the dots that would expose him as being heavily responsible for housing crash we see today, because he was actively involved in knocking the wind out of the regulatory requirements for lenders...news of that would solidify the theory that McCain is just another four years of the same...unfortunately, no one has stepped up to the plate to bring that information out...
    Oh....wait a minute! Looks like someone has!

    July 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  196. Valarie in California

    Gramm gone? Good now McCain can get back to what he is good at the war. Oh wait, what are we winning again? By staying longer then we are welcomed. Oh, I remember weapons of mass destruction. No, Iran got those...Maybe Gramm should have stayed a little long so he could have helped him figure that one out too.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  197. Baba


    The answer to the question is no!

    Regardless of the timing of his resignation, Gramm has already presented the true picture of how McCain and his campaign view the pains of the american people. Therefore the resignation is of no consequence.
    McCain is only going after the presidency because of his own personal agenda and it is saddening that a bunch of ignoramuses, unintelligent and idiotic people are the only ones that have a desire to represent America and run our lives. All they have to offer is a cacophony of disgraceful and disrespectful rot that comes tumbling out everytime they open their mouths to express their absent and uncaring minds

    July 21, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  198. Stan Lehto

    Jack it doesn't really matter, that old coot makes no real difference in the world of politics anymore.
    I do have to say that I'm proud of the way you are handing your job there on CNN. You used to be very partisan but now you seem to be reporting as they really are. That is great and admirable unlike most of those jokers that surround you over there. Thank you
    Stan Lehto, Yelm, WA

    July 21, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  199. Mike N. Calif.

    Jack Gramm deserves a Pie in the face!

    July 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  200. Bob

    I think the timing was great, it just helps to drive the last nail in McCains coffin.

    July 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |