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The “Fundamentals” Of A McBush Presidency

September 22nd, 2008 | by Daniel DiRito |

Every now and then, one encounters words of utter clarity. Such is the case with Paul Krugman’s observations in the aftermath of John McCain’s infamous statement, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong”.

From The New York Times:

Aha. I’m gathering, from my reading here and there, that most people don’t know that Herbert Hoover famously declared that the “fundamental business of the country” was sound. (Can it be “famously” if most people don’t know it? Never mind.)

That partly explains why Republicans seem eerily compelled to echo Hoover; they don’t know what it makes them sound like.

Of course, Hooverism without the word fundamental would still be, um, fundamentally the same.

The only thing I can add to Krugman’s astute observation is the following tongue-in-cheek graphic, which takes this and this into consideration.


Cross-posted at Thought Theater

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  1. 4 Responses to “The “Fundamentals” Of A McBush Presidency”

  2. By steve on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    What is the big deal about how many cars someone has? Or homes…

    McCain admitted to being married to money, with his wife’s family fortune in his acceptance speech…


  3. By Daniel DiRito on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply


    Well, let’s see…if you’re trying to accuse your opponent of being an elitist, perhaps the number of houses and cars one owns becomes a relevant consideration.

    Or perhaps there’s some concern that McCain is attempting to push the “uppity black man” meme in order to appeal to some portion of the electorate?

    Or perhaps it’s amusing to witness a super rich presidential candidate doing his best to pretend to be a change agent populist?

    Other than that, it’s absolutely no big deal. Besides, if he’s not ashamed of his wealth, why should we be ashamed of talking about it? I think voters will draw their own conclusions.



  4. By Liberal Jarhead on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    When you’re as isolated from the mainstream and as insulated from the day-to-day problems and concerns of the other 99% of Americans as the McCains and Bushes of the world are, it’s very hard to take seriously the idea that they understand us or take us seriously. It’s like Bush’s joke about his base being the haves and the have-mores. When McCain tries to achieve the common touch, as with his silly speech at Sturgis when he obliviously invited his wife to enter a topless beauty contest, he comes off looking as out of touch and clueless as he is.

  5. By rube cretin on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    “The fundamentals of our economy are strong”. Sorry, but i have to agree with this statement. Fundamentally our economy is bankrupt. This is a very “strong” fundamental condition likely to bring about some very interesting life style changes for most Americans.

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