Tag: Blame


You know, he has a point:

The president is in full campaign mode. So is Congress. The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections.

Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” it appears that although everyone in Washington is still there, no one is actually there.

This being the situation, one might ask — Why don’t they all go home? They could leave Washington to the pundits and lobbyists.

The president especially needs to leave.

Not because he has been ineffective in managing the nation, but because in his zeal to find new groups to blame for our economic failures, by leaving town he could be in a position to travel the countryside blaming what he left behind.

In fact, he could even blame the White House since he would not be there. He could claim no residency and thus no responsibility. He could run against Washington, the Congress and the White House. It would be the ultimate political strategy, deftly executed from Chicago. It would also place the blame where it should be.

Members of Congress, once they returned home or to wherever, could also run against themselves.

As long as this came with suspending their pay, it might not be a bad idea. Well, it’s a bad idea, but it’s an honest one. Because we might as well not have a government right now. Social security, debt, the economy — all of these are on the back burner for the next six months while we argue over whose fault the current mess is. The idea of solving problems — and pay the requisite political price — is regarded as heresy.

On Poisonous Political Rhetoric

This will be a short post, more because I don’t think there’s much that can be said on the subject. Sometimes there’s no point to ranting, tearing down, or strawmanning, when your opponent is perfectly capable of setting themselves on fire.

Basically, it is this: Michelle Obama has invited in fellow Rev. Wright devotee “Common” to the White House to read some of his poetry. His poems have included such subject matter as the glorifying of killing police officers and calling for the assassination of President Bush.

This has prompted a media that was, not a few short months ago remember, blaming-but-not-really-blaming-even-though-it’s-their-fault the entirety of the right wing and their “poisonous political rhetoric” for the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords. Now, negative reaction to someone who is actually guilty of violent rhetoric being invited to and honored at the White House is treated with more condescension than you would think humanly possible by HuffPo, as “giving the GOP something to whine about” by The Stir (who also refers to the violence-advocator in question as a “thoughtful, socially conscious artist“, emphasis theirs), and so on.

Seriously, sometimes you’d think that the only way they keep from getting dizzy from all the spin is that they somehow get extra balance from having two faces.

Here’s the Google News collection of stories on the subject if you’d like to dig through for some more winners.