Today, the McCain campaign released a list of “100 distinguished and experienced economists” signing onto a statement declaring that “Barack Obama’s economic proposals are wrong for the American economy.” However, as TNR points out, only 90 names appear on the list, not 100. What’s more, a full 11 of those economists are McCain economic advisers. The list of “100” even includes Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain’s chief economic adviser and one of his most visible spokesmen.
In interviews with the Huffington Post, many of the economists who have endorsed McCain’s economic plan expressed “bewilderment” with McCain’s latest plan to buy distressed mortgages at face value. ” Several viewed it as a gimmick, driven mostly by political circumstance. Only one pro-McCain economist spoke up in favor of the plan,” Huffington Post reports.