Sarah Palin and John McCain are still earnestly peddling their revised version of McCain's record in the Congress. McCain, who has fought for deregulation his entire career (or until this week), is now portraying himself as the great reformer. He's the guy who has been advocating deregulation for 26 years. Remember the Savings & Loan melt down in the 1990s? McCain advocated deregulating that industry (including his buddy Charles Keating's failed banks). It should come as no surprise that Palin tried to tout the party line last night in her interview on CBS, but Katie Couric didn't let her off the hook. Couric challenged Palin in this exchange:
Couric: "But he's been in Congress for 26 years, he's been Chairman of the Commerce Committee and he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more."
Palin: "He's also known as a maverick though, taking shots from his own party and certainly taking shots from the other party trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about, the need to reform government."
Couric: "I'm going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point, specific examples during his 26 years, of pushing for more regulation."
Palin: (Smirks) "I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to ya."
Couric might be waiting a very long time for those examples because they aren't any. McCain has never favored regulation, he advocates for free markets with no government regulation or oversight. That's why we're in the mess we're in. And shame on McCain's handlers for not giving Palin some more talking points on this one. She clearly doesn't know enough to answer these kinds of questions on her own. Once again, she's caught looking like a complete fool.