The conventional analysis of the McCain “I’ll have to get back to you on how many homes I own” story is that the issue matters because no candidate wants to appear out of touch. The Obama campaign was quick to pounce – painting McCain as fat-cat elitist.
But the McHome flap reveals something else: green true-believer McCain has a serious, Al Gore-sized hypocrisy problem.
As a senator who has embraced cap-and-trade, federal fuel mileage laws, and is fluent in green-speak (“Greenland is the most outstanding example of what’s been happening [due to global warming],” he told The Detroit News in a Dec. 2007 interview), McCain would demand huge sacrifices of the American economy even as he lives like a king.
Like any limousine liberal, McCain prefers the symbolic gesture to walking the walk. In our News interview, he was asked what kind of car he drove. As with Politico’s question about home ownership, he didn’t know and had to ask a nearby aide. “A Cadillac CTS,” she told him. But then the senator was quick to point out that he had bought his daughter a Prius – the prefect halo symbol for his green pretensions.
McCain’s responses are eerily similar to those of fellow GW-alarmist John Kerry when we interviewed him during his 2004 presidential run. In fact, Kerry helped McCain introduce an expensive expansion of fuel mileage laws earlier this decade – yet when asked what cars he himself drove, Kerry could barely count the number on two hands (including a giant Chevy Suburban).
We also pressed McCain on the home issue, though at that time he was only willing to reveal two of his dwellings: one in Phoenix and a second home in Sedona. And he was quite proud of the fact that he had installed solar panels on the Sedona pad.
“We’ve got to do everything” to address the climate crisis, he said earnestly. No wonder he forgot the other five houses he owns.