Friday, June 12, 2009

Boehner's On the Right Track

John Boehner, talking yesterday to Stephanopolous:

“We’re digging ourselves out of a deep hole,” he admitted. “We took it in the shorts with Bush-Cheney, the Iraq War, and by sacrificing fiscal responsibility to hold power.”
It's a little simple, blaming it on Bush and Cheney though. My observation is that what really caused trouble for these guys is Party Unity. It was the willingness to go along with Bush-Cheney's crazier ideas, and then loudly insist THIS IS CONSERVATISM, DAMMIT! If it contradicted some deeply held belief, just insist louder.

And to be fair, there were many nutty things that Republicans just wouldn't buy. Bush's Social Security plan never flew, for example. Harriet Miers never even made it to the confirmation hearing stage. John Bolton didn't have a lot of supporters in Congress, though had it been necessary they might have had to step up anyway. Still, the perception is that almost anything Bush wanted, Republicans would approve. And two of those things were tax cuts simultaneous with a very expensive war.

Anyway, if people make fun of the Democrats for their disorganization and inability to stay on message, well, how you like us now?


wamk said...


You mock the Republicans for going lockstep with Bush.

What are the Democrats doing with Obama? I don't recall Bush threatening election-year Congressmen to toe the line, or you'll get no help at re-election time.

How many Democrats voted against Obama's spending packages?

How many Democrats have come forth to disagree with the Nationalization of the Banks and Big Auto?

And finally, you call out Boehner for blaming Bush? Obama begins every speech by blaming Bush.

Danielk said...

I fear I'm sarcastic so much that when I'm sincere, it's hard to recognize.

Anyway, if you're right about Democrats being the exact same thing, then presumably the same thing will happen: come election time the American people will reject Obama for his epic failures and blame congress for enabling them. So congratulations, future WAMK.

Danielk said...

At the risk of going all Sarah Palin on you - Also:

It's an article from Wednesday's AP called CONGRESS ABANDONING OBAMA CLEAN ENERGY GOALS.