Do you remember back in school when a kid would get in trouble? What’s the first thing the would do?

Yes. Point at some other kid and say something along the lines of “Well, Bobby did it too!”

Classic juvenile deflection.

Not surprising to see the wingnut radicals on talk radio and Internet media outlets doing the same thing with the recent gulf coast oil spill disaster. “Obama’s Katrina!,” they yell. “What’s taking the administration so long to respond?” they query.

It’s enlightening, really. Ignoring the obvious irony of conservatives calling for a faster government response to something, the entire attempt at framing the disaster in order to hurt Obama with liberal Bush-like criticisms is completely instructive. The first thing it tells us, quite clearly, is that conservatives and Republicans now completely admit that Bush’s response to Katrina was an abject failure. That they are trying to saddle President Barack Hussein Obama with the same crisis of failure is to admit that Katrina was, in fact, a complete and total failure of the Bush administration. Something they were less likely to say out loud when it was actually happening.

The second thing it does is point to how embarrassed they are of an administration they were only too willing to apologize for at the time. They are desperate to replace their failed candidate with one on the left. The problem, of course, is that this one ain’t failing. Taking lumps, sure, but President Obama is nowhere near Bush-league when it comes to failing the American people and they can’t stand it! Filibuster this. Filibuster that. Legislation passes.

Drives them absolutely insane.

A rational person would realize the “gulf” of difference between the hurricane Katrina and the BP oil rig disaster. We are not dealing with rational people. I don’t need to insult your intelligence by explaining those differences.

I suspect those on the right will continue to try to make hay of this in some political fashion. I don’t really blame them there. It’s the game we play. If it were me, however, I’d realize very quickly what shaking rhetorical ground I was on and either not make the charge or otherwise make a hasty retreat after doing so. Why would you want to continue to remind people of one of the most dramatic examples of failed conservative philosophy and Republican leadership? Rational people don’t.

To each their own, I guess. They’ll keep making shit up and we’ll keep pointing to the truth and laughing at them.

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