McCain: 'I Always Aspire to Be a Dictator'
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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. [â€¦] This is just a not acceptable situation. Iâ€™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 canâ€™t reach across the aisle, you know we give poison speeches" -- a seeming reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosiâ€™s (D-CA) so-called "partisan" floor speech on Monday that House Republicans cited for the bailout billâ€™s failure. Many of his House GOP colleagues, however, have since walked away from blaming Pelosiâ€™s speech.
Benjamin J. Armbruster is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.