You know when something hurts Republicans, because they try to parrot the same thing and make it hurt Democrats, every chance they get. It’s fun to watch.
The current desperation to somehow make the oil spill Barack Obama’s Katrina has all the hallmarks of this robotic tendency. Republicans first latch onto an irrelevant similarity to hang their hat on – Katrina was in the gulf, so is the oil spill – MAGIC! Then they latch onto precisely the imagery that hurt George W. Bush and try to claim it’s the same thing with the oil spill. Dead people in the streets, dead birds in the sea – SAMEY! Then they try to equate the images of the dithering Bush administration with pictures of Barack Obama doing something resembling non-oil-spill-related activity – INCOMPETENCE!
Here’s the problem – voters have been listening to Republicans, and only Republicans, yell DRILL BABY DRILL for THE LAST TWO SOLID YEARS. Before that, voters are quite aware which party is in the pocket of Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, etc. Pick any name of any oil company on whose board Dick Cheney sits, pick any war Republicans sent soldiers to die in over that oil, you name the desert those soldiers are sitting on right now, voters know who sent them there. Before that, Republicans have fought every energy policy since the days of Jimmy Carter, who now must look like some kind of seer to independent voters.
So do us a favor, GOP – keep it up. Keep pretending that no one will notice who laid that pipe into the seabed over a period of decades. Keep reminding everyone how bankrupt and bereft of credibility your entire ideology has become.
I don’t think any of us Democrats mind.
Not one bit.