Ok, let’s review this clip:

The newsanchor (Mika?) said, “I think given especially what you’ve been just saying on our broadcast right now, why then didn’t you vote against a bill that is ‘corrupting’ and stand up to pork and all this spending during an economic crisis that some say this – puts this country on the brink of economic disaster?”

And John McCain responds with, “Because of what you just said, Mika, that, uh, this bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster.”

There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Of course, McCain goes on to talk about the other bills he voted against (like the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill, because “it wasn’t paid for – we’re laying the cost on the future generations of Americans.”).

I don’t really understand what he was trying to say, but two things are clear to me:

1. He didn’t actually intend to answer the question. This is something all politicians do so well: deflect, deflect, deflect. You asked a question about abortion? Let me talk to you about all the orphanages I have visited! You asked a question about raising taxes? Let me tell you about the grants I support.

2. He doesn’t pay attention when someone is speaking to him. I can’t really think of any other reason why he would make this kind of gaffe; I don’t suspect (despite my pithy title) for even a second that McCain actually wants to ruin anyone, financially speaking. I just think he wasn’t listening carefully. And that, my friends, is a big problem for me.

I want a president who can pay attention, and follow the thread of a conversation. I want a president who can be at least a little direct.

I don’t want John McCain.