Terry Gross interviewed the top economic advisors for the McCain and Obama campaigns on Fresh Air yesterday. I just finished listening to her interview with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, from Sen. McCain’s campaign. They finished with this exchange:
Terry Gross: John McCain has said that the economy is not his strong point, that he doesn’t know that much about the economy. Is that a fatal flaw for a President? Does it matter?
Douglas Holtz-Eakin: He has a phenomenal grasp of the economy and the remark he made is self-deprecating. That’s John McCain in his truest form. But he is comparing himself to a standard of excellence on international affairs and national security that no one could meet. He’s the pre-eminent expert in those areas. He’s been chair of the commerce committee. He’s a superb policy maker in economics and the US economy is in good hands with John McCain.
If international affairs and national security are your standard of excellence, and your measure of comparison for competency on the economy or other issues, shouldn’t you not do things like confuse Sunni and Shi’a muslims, claim there’s a border between Iraq and Pakistan, and not confuse when the Surge in Iraq started?
If this equates to “good hands” I don’t want to see bad ones.