The Other McCain

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The Politics of Blame

Posted on | June 9, 2014 | 18 Comments

After five years of excuses, straw-man arguments and scapegoating, the Obama administration’s incompetence and irresponsibility have exhausted the patience of many Democrats, Ron Fournier reports:

The email hit my in-box at 9:41 p.m. last Wednesday.  From one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, a close adviser to the White House, the missive amounted to an electronic eye roll. “Even I have had enough.”
Another Democrat had quit on President Obama.
The tipping point for this person was the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case—not the soldier-for-Taliban swap itself as much as how the White House mishandled its obligation to communicate effectively and honestly to Congress and the public. More than that, Obama’s team had failed once again to acknowledge its mistakes, preferring to cast blame and seek cover behind talking points.
“DC is hard, and depressing,” the Democrat wrote. “I still believe good comes from government (e.g. 8 million in ACA). But that Politico story is a cautionary one: good reminder that you can’t go so in the bunker [and] no longer identify legitimate criticism.” That day, Politico had posted a story channeling the White House communications team’s response to the Bergdahl backlash. . . .

Read the whole thing.



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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    It is almost like it is intentional now, like a defiant teenager trying to test boundaries.

  • richard mcenroe

    Well I for one blame the climate of mistrust engendered by the Bush administration. /sarc

    Seriously, it’s like watching a 16 year old girl get caught missing curfew stamping her foot and screaming “You never believe me!”

  • Matt_SE

    Testing boundaries sounds about right. Obama’s trying to figure out just how much damage he can do without being abandoned en masse.

  • Adjoran

    It is hard to take Ron Fournier seriously.

    I watched him cover for Clinton for years as the AP Political Reporter, and do the same for the first five or so years of Obama as well.

    It seems to me his recent “enlightenment” is mainly self-serving. Fournier is no idiot, he knew fully well the charges against Clinton were mostly true and that Obama is a bungling fool, completely and utterly incompetent. As long as he could help them and his career by ignoring the truth, he did.

    Now he wishes to reestablish himself as a “neutral objective journalist” so his next propaganda gig will sell, too.

    I don’t doubt Democrats are disillusioned with Obama as the wheels come off, rats are always quick to desert the sinking ship. But they had the same or better information that Fournier and everyone else did, and chose to look the other way or actively misrepresent it.

    Neither they nor he deserve any credit for suddenly pretending to discover there is gambling at Rick’s.

  • K-Bob

    Yep. It’s simply banking credentials to use when the regime changes.

  • K-Bob

    This is a secret video of barack explaining things to Fournier…

  • G Joubert

    Obama is just getting started. He’s got lots of time to do lots more. I’m betting he’s got something really special on tap. Maybe more than one thing. He’s got two years and seven months, and accountable to no one, really.

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