Stan Collender observes that for a veteran legislator, John McCain continues to be staggeringly uninformed about basic elements of public policy:
One final — and very snarky — note…The Hill reported that one of the relatively specific spending cuts that was suggested came from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who suggested paying for the additional troops “…through a freeze on discretionary spending — specifically, holding 2009 appropriations at 2008 levels, which he said would generate $60 billion.”
Someone needs to tell the senator that fiscal 2009 ended at midnight September 30, 2009, that is more than two months ago.
In an ideal world, someone at The Hill would have noticed that. Or more to the point, in an ideal world McCain’s sterling reputation among the Beltway press corps as a go-to commentator would be undermined by the constant stream of evidence that he has no understanding of any policy issues.