January 19, 2010

George the Magic Cracker

Hatched by Dafydd

So Barack H. Obama went up to Boston, campaigning hard for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha "Chokely" Coakley to win the special election to serve the remainder of Ted Kennedy's term.

It didn't work out quite as planned.

Now the Democrats have found their newest scapegoat, and it turns out to be... Oh heck, let them tell it themselves:

Appearing at a rally at Northeastern University here, President Obama said out-of-power Republicans had taken advantage of the economic crisis to make Democrats the political fall guy during difficult times.

"We’re going to let them make the tough choices, and let them rescue the economy, and then we’re going to tap into that anger and frustration," was how Obama described the GOP strategy -- deeming it a "sleight of hand...."

"There were going to be some who stood on the sidelines, who were protectors of the big banks, protectors of the big insurance companies, protectors of the big drug companies who were going to say, 'You know what, we can take advantage of this crisis,'" [Obama] told the crowd.

It's all Bush's fault!

What is remarkable about this petulant outburst is the admission against interest that it subtlely incorporates: Even a year after Bush finished his final term, and despite the current president's whirlwind tour of Beacon Hill, retired president Bush evidently retains more electoral clout and cachet than Barack Obama.


I think they'd better think it out again...

Cross-posted on Hot Air's rogues' gallery...

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 19, 2010, at the time of 11:25 PM

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The following hissed in response by: snochasr

The more interesting line was, I thought, the one which said something to the effect that "it took Republicans 8 years to get us into the hole we're in; we're not going to dig out in a year." Obviously, oblivious to the First Rule of Holes.

The above hissed in response by: snochasr [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 20, 2010 6:27 AM

The following hissed in response by: Stephen Macklin

"There were going to be some who stood on the sidelines..." Who exactly was it who stood on the sidelines and allowed congress to create "his" economic stimulus package and turn it into cesspool of pork barrel spending? Who was it who stood on the sidelines and let congress create multiple irreconcilable versions of healthcare reform? Whose presidency can be most accurately described as making speeches from the sidelines instead of leading?

"who were protectors of the big banks..." Whose Tax Cheat of the Treasury used the AIG bailout to funnel money to big banks? Who is it that repeatedly points to having stabilized the banking industry as an example of his success? Which administration made a Christmas Eve announcement that it was going to provide unlimited financial support to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

"protectors of the big insurance companies..." Who was it that was supporting legislation mandating that EVERYONE buy health insurance from big insurance companies? Who is it trying to make it illegal to deny someone their mandatory insurance due to a pre-existing condition resulting in higher premium costs for everyone?

"protectors of the big drug companies..." Remind me who it was that negotiated a deal with the pharmaceutical industry promising not to have medicare and the public option "negotiate" lower drug prices in exchange for industry support for health care reform?

"who were going to say, 'You know what, we can take advantage of this crisis'..." I agree it is deplorable and disgusting politics for a member of any presidential administration to say something like "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

The above hissed in response by: Stephen Macklin [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 20, 2010 7:16 AM

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