Apparently, the conductor of the “No-Talk” Express seems to think so, according to the Washington Post: As John Amato over at Crooks and Liars says, “McCain’s hypocracy knows no bounds.”  Dig this:

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has been on a tear of late about the exorbitant buyout packages that dismissed executives take from their companies. He has proclaimed that former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs (and Obama supporters) Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines should “give back” the $21 million and $25 million severance packages they received. (emphasis mine)

See, Rikyrah, I told y’all Frank Raines was going to get blamed for the failures of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  Compared to what the CEOs from Morgan Stanley and others pulled down in their severance packages, what Frank Raines got was chump change.  And McCain’s hollering they should be forced to refund their packages.

Oh, yeah? What about your girl, Carly Fiorina, who ruined Hewlett-Packard, got fired, got 20,000 employees laid off as a result of her mismanagement, and landed on a $42 million dollar parachute herself?

So wouldn’t it seem logical that former Hewlett-Packard executive (and McCain supporter) Carly Fiorina should send back her $42-million golden parachute? Apparently not. But what about Fiorina? “I believe that Carly Fiorina is a role model to millions of young Americans,” McCain said.

“She started out as a part-time secretary and she ended up a CEO of one of the major corporations in America. I’m proud of her record and so I want everybody to know that Carly Fiorina is a person that I admire and respect.”

We’ve called McCain’s “Straight-Talk” Express a lot of names other than “Straight-Talk”, because we can’t seem to get any “straight-talking” from the man who’s labeled himself a “maverick”.  As my colleague, B-Serious, just pointed out the true definition of a maverick:

A “maverick” by definition is irresponsible. A “maverick” is rushed and careless in his judgment. A “maverick” is unstable. Indeed, a “maverick” is a self-professed gambler who swings for the fences . . . damn the consequences.

From where I sit, that “maverick” is behind the wheel of the Straight-Talk Express, which is turning into the “No-Talk, Bullshyt, Double-Talk, What’s Next” Express; while he tries to find a way out of the mess he’s created in running for President of the United States.  Glad to see Meredith Viera on “The TODAY Show” wasn’t having it:

Viera: You have said, bottom line, it’s those fat cats. It’s the greed of Wall Street. You promised to crack down on CEOs who walked away with huge severance packages. And yet the person who up until recently was your public face on your economic policy was Carly Fiorina. She’s the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she was fired in 2005, but she left with a $45 million dollar golden parachute while 20,000 of her employees were laid off. She  is an example of exactly the kind of person you say is at the root of the problem. How can you say that?

McCain was caught like a deer in the headlights.  I hope Obama or his staff watched this; it could become another effective campaign strategy for him – direct questioning.

McCain: I don’t think so. … Because I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects. I don’t know the details of her compensation package. But she’s one of many advisers that I have.

Viera: But she did get a $45 million dollar golden parachute after being fired while 20,000 of her employees were laid off.

McCain: I have many of the people, but I do not know the details of what happened.

Once again, I must allow Mr. Amato the last word:

Sure, he doesn’t know all the details about Carly while letting her speak for his campaign almost daily. Right, and I got a bridge to nowhere to sell you.

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