Poor Little Rich Man: McCain Can't Remember How Many Mansions He Has
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When we launched McCain's Mansions on Monday, we revealed how McCain's elitist lifestyle—10 multi-million dollar mansions, flying around the country in his wife's personal jet—has rendered him completely out of touch with hard-working Americans. Not only did the video make a huge splash, commanding over 200,000 views, but it continues to make waves. The media is now putting McCain on the spot about his uber affluence, and as it turns out, McCain owns so many homes he doesn't even remember how many he owns!
In an interview with Politico yesterday, McCain couldn't recall just how many homes he has. "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain said. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."
Politico claimed McCain owns at least four, but Progressive Accountability declared that the McCains own at least ten properties worth a whopping $13,823,269 (h/t Ari). As you would expect, the Obama campaign had a field day with McCain's gaffe, whipping together this ad claiming McCain has seven homes, then flashing a picture of the White House as "one house America can't afford to left John McCain move into."
The fact that this total varies ought to baffle McCain even further as the mainstream media frenzy begins. But whatever the true total is, the bottom line is that McCain has so much wealth he has no concept of money—unless of course it's money from lobbyists and corporations or to buy more mansions. That's why at Saturday's Saddleback forum McCain ludicrously declared it takes $5 millionto move from "middle class" to "rich." That's why he admitted economics isn't his strong suit and came up with a plan to sink our country even further into debt. And that's why he can't sympathize with Americans facing foreclosure, soaring gas prices, unemployment, and the daunting costs of health insurance. None of these problems register when you're living in a solid gold bubble like McCain, or however many gold bubbles he's living in.
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.