Discussing the Wall Street bailout yesterday during an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the failure of Congress to act is “just not acceptable.” Then — presumably making an attempt at humor — McCain added that, if only he were a dictator, then the bill would be just right:
MCCAIN: I just want to make a comment about the obvious issue and that is the failure of Congress to act yesterday. Its just not acceptable. [...] This is just a not acceptable situation. I’m not saying this is the perfect answer. If I were dictator, which I always aspire to be, I would write it a little bit differently.
McCain also complained that “people can’t reach across the aisle, you know we give poison speeches” — a seeming reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) so-called “partisan” floor speech on Monday that House Republicans cited for the bailout bill’s failure. Many of his House GOP colleagues, however, have since walked away from blaming Pelosi’s speech.
But less than one minute later, McCain said, “[L]et’s not point the finger of blame for a while,” despite the fact that he himself blamed Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for the bill’s failure.
Josh Marshall has more on McCain’s Des Moines Register interview.