McCain still confused about the bailout bill

MCCAIN STILL CONFUSED ABOUT THE BAILOUT BILL…. John McCain appeared on MSNBC this morning, and railed against the additions to the bailout bill, which McCain voted to pass last night. “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked why he supported the bill, if he was offended by the extraneous pork included in the legislation to make it more palatable.

“Because of what you just said,” McCain said. “This bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster.”

Moments later, he congratulated himself for having suspended his campaign, and bringing Republicans to the negotiating table.

Is it me or is McCain getting less coherent as the pressure of the campaign grows more intense?

First, he supported a bill that is “putting us on the brink of economic disaster”? Presumably, he meant to say something else, but it was an odd comment to hear on national television. Second, he “suspended” his campaign? When did this happen? Surely he’s not referring to last Thursday, because we know full well that the campaign never actually stopped.

And third, it’s ridiculous for McCain to take credit for bringing House Republicans to the table after those same House Republicans voted against the legislation that McCain urged them to support. This isn’t something for McCain to brag about; it’s something for McCain to be embarrassed about.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.