Yesterday John McCain’s economic advisor, Phil Gramm, explained that our economic problems are figments of our imagination in an interview with the Washington Times.

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. “We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet.”

Gramm went on to address the reporting of these economic problems.

“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.

Emphasis added.

I had been reading about this remark on several blogs throughout the whole morning, and then I read something that clicked with me.  Talking Points Memo posted a comment it received from a reader.  Kudos to the reader for pointing out yet another example of the media’s double standard when it comes to the McCain campaign.

Hmmm, so, will we see/hear weeks and weeks of prattling, analyzing, psychobabble, etc. about how badly Gramm/McCain do not understand the good people of this country? How intemperate, unwise, badly stated those remarks about good, honest, hardworking Americans were? Heck, he even implied that we’re delusional about the recession.

What MG, the reader at TPM, is referring to is the wringing of the hands exercise the media led for a few months over Obama’s “bitter” comments.  Why shouldn’t the media examine these remarks just as closely?  They should ponder them, speculate at length about the McCain campaign’s ability to be in touch with those hard-working and hard-luck Americans who are being squeezed by our bad economy — yes, bad.

UPDATE: Dr. Phil II stands by his statement.