McCain: 'I Always Aspire to Be a Dictator'
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. [Ã¢â‚¬Â¦] This is just a not acceptable situation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reach across the aisle, you know we give poison speeches" -- a seeming reference to House Speaker Nancy PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (D-CA) so-called "partisan" floor speech on Monday that House Republicans cited for the bailout billÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failure. Many of his House GOP colleagues, however, have since walked away from blaming PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speech.