McCain waits in line for a crust of bread, circa 1934
John McCain pretty much covered the market table this morning, telling a crowd in Jacksonville the "the fundamentals of our economy are sound", and releasing a new ad which begins with the line "Our economy is in crisis".
"These are not contradictory positions," McCain told Rush Limbaugh,
calling into the show shortly after giving the speech. "It's a paradox.
Things can be both good and bad at the same time," McCain explained, "like
greasy pizza, or sex with hookers when you need a boost on the campaign
trail. I'm trying to reach two very different constituencies - the people
who know they're going to come out of this mess smelling like roses, as
well as the people who think we're on the verge of another great
"And it's an odd thing, Rush. You know how the master Peruvian rug weavers always leave one mistake because only God is perfect? Well, the Deity gave the greatest generation one flaw - the inability to develop effective parenting skills. Really, I think you and I are in agreement that the greatest generation spawned the worst generation - the hippies, and the feminists, and the protestors who said to hell with American. God taunts us like that, what can you do? I'll tell you one thing. I wasn't rolling around in the mud at Woodstock, I was tied up at the time."
"I believe it was Alexander Hamilton who said 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times', and that's something I truly believe, which gets us back to that paradox I spoke of earlier. The fundamentals of the economy are sound, but the economy is in a crisis. A paradox is not a contradiction, and the way I see it, we may be right on the verge of laying the foundation of a whole new greatest generation. And if we can begin to accomplish that in the next four years, we can truly hold our heads up high."
©2008, Mark Hoback