Now, this was kind of a fuck up because the President cannot technically fire the SEC Chairman, but he can request a resignation so it’s not that big of a deal. Nontheless, the McCain campaign feared that Obama would jump on the error and hastily issued a press release preemptively expressing outrage about how Obama was going to “distort” McCain’s words:
So how did McCain’s psychic powers work out for him? Here is what Obama actually said:
So now the McCain camp is no longer in the realm of even twisting or distorting or selectively misinterpreting Obama’s words. They’re attacking him for what the imagine he MIGHT say.
But he doesn’t have the power to remove the Chairman of the SEC, similar to his lack of power over the Federal Reserve. He can request all his little heart desires - so what?
A true politically appointed employee, such as the Secretary of State, or the head of FEMA, can be fired at any time; appointed employees such as Cox or Bernanke are statutorily protected. Does McCain really not know this?
Actually, I think the pressure is getting to JM. He’s misspeaking just about every day now. He apparently realized his mistake in the “firing” statement, and responded today that he’d call for the resignation of the chairman of the FEC. Watching Rachel Maddow mock JM for his dimwitted mistakes is the best part of this election.