McCain says today that Phil Gramm doesn't speak for him when he calls the United States a "nation of whiners" suffering from a "mental recession" but today is also the day that McCain sent Phil Gramm to speak for him to the Wall Street Journal editorial board. There whole question of whether or not the current economic downturn is real or else some kind of mass hallucination doesn't strike me as a minor economic policy issue -- if McCain doesn't agree with his top economics surrogates about it, he probably needs a new team.

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