John McCain is Still an Idiot

by Brien Jackson

One of the things that’s always infuriated me, more than most it seems, about John McCain is his genuinely stunning ignorace. It’s absolutely frightening how many basic mistakes about issues and process the guy can make after nearly 3 decades making public policy in Congress. I don’t always agree with someone like Richard Lugar, or even Barney Frank for that matter, but at the same time there’s always a certain amount of respect for them, because I know that they have some genuine expertise on their primary issues, and on issues that aren’t their primary focus they can take the time to learn the basic parameters of them before they expound on the topics. Not John McCain. The latest example, via Yglesias:

So, we will be seeking fair and transparent use of the money. I believe that Arizona can compete with any other state or locality to get the much-needed money. Already we’re seeing a good example. There was $2 billion in the Senate bill of the stimulus package for light rail; there was zero in the House. It came out of conference – only Democrats, no Republicans in the room – with $8 billion for light rail. And guess where it’s going to go? A light rail between Las Vegas and L.A. Everybody knows that.

Now, putting aside the fact that McCain is repeating an already debunked lie about the rail line between Vegas and Los Angeles, what sort of person that’s even the slightest bit familiar with rail transportation thinks that light rail runs between cities? That’s a very basic mistake you couldn’t possibly have made if you put even a little bit of effort into learning about rail issues before you decided to talk about them. But learning about issues isn’t really John McCain’s style.