Former U.S. Senator and one time Presidential hopeful Phil Gramm resigned from John McCain's campaign today. Earlier this month, Gramm had said America had become "a nation of whiners" and was suffering from a "mental recession". Gramm was commenting on the perception that America's economy is a lot worse than actually is when compared to the rest of the industrialized world.
There were kernels of truth in Gramm's sentiments but the worse thing one can do during an election campaign is insult the people who you are trying to win over. Gramm tried to say he meant our leaders were whiners but when one says "a nation of whiners" you are talking about the folks as well.
Gramm had his Tremeloes moment. The Tremeloes were a British rock band whose reputation soured when they referred to their fans as morons while trying to make a comeback. Their comeback was obviously unsuccessful.