McCain helped create the BlackBerry?

Sen. John McCain’s senior domestic policy adviser said Tuesday that the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device was a “miracle that John McCain helped create.”

Sen. John McCain “laughed” when he heard his adviser’s remark about the BlackBerry, another aide says.

The adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, discussing the nation’s economic woes with reporters, said that McCain — who has struggled to stress his economic credentials — did have experience dealing with the economy, pointing to his time on the Senate Commerce Committee.

Pressed to provide an example of what McCain had accomplished on that committee, Holtz-Eakin said the senator did not have jurisdiction over financial markets, then he held up his Blackberry, telling reporters: “He did this.”

“Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create,” Holtz-Eakin said. “And that’s what he did. He both regulated and deregulated the industry.”


Wow, I really don’t know what to say to this one. I really hope that staffer no longer has a job. Saying John McCain helped create the blackberry because he was on a committee in Congress is a load of crap and is really a slap in the face to all the engineers that work day in and day out on creating innovative technology.

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