John McCain’s Houses
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.
“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”
The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.
In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain as living an outlandishly rich lifestyle — a bit of payback to the GOP for portraying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an elitist, and for turning the spotlight in 2004 on the five homes owned by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.
The subject has especially captivated Matt Yglesias, newly of the Center for American Progress, who has written not one, not two, not three, not four, but five posts on the subject as of this writing. And Matt, who is no McCain fan and who will certainly pull the lever for Obama in November, isn’t even upset about the issue. Indeed, he’s perfectly fair about the whole thing, noting in post four that it takes some really bogus math to come up with some of the high numbers of McCain property opponents are touting.
Andrew Sullivan, who some have accused of being over-the-top in his praise for Obama and criticism of McCain, likewise gives this a big, “So what?” He’s right, too, that this is tit for tat:
McCain invited accusations of elitism by calling Obama an arugula-loving, berry-tea-drinking, Starbucks-swilling, elite liberal know-nothing. But watching the left attack McCain for having multiple houses and $520 shoes is not exactly uplifting either.
Indeed. The whole “I’m a regular guy and my opponent is an elitist poof” meme that gets trotted out every four years is silly. The last time we had a regular working stiff get elected president was . . . when, exactly? Never? I suppose Bill Clinton wasn’t rich when he got elected in 1992 nor was Richard Nixon in 1968. But a sitting governor or a former vice president isn’t exactly Joe Lunchpail.
Photo credit: JAMD