International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2008/09/30

Republicans officially the "Blame Liberals First" Party

Yes, that’s so:

Two hours later, the bailout plan that McCain had boasted of working for was defeated in the House, with McCain’s fellow Republicans siding solidly against it. […]

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country,” he [McCain’s senior policy advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin] said.

Yep: Republican candidate McCain can’t get his own party to vote for the financial rescue plan, and obviously this is Obama’s fault! Also, the House Republicans refused to pass the bill because Pelosi gave a mean speech which hurt their feelings — so it’s also Pelosi’s fault!

In other news, I just discovered that the Iraq War wasn’t Bush’s fault either. After all, if the Democrats hadn’t voted for it, then Bush couldn’t have started the war, right? Right?

Blame Liberals First! Blame Liberals First! Blame Liberals First!

Update 2008-10-04: At 52′ 50″ into the US vice presidential debate, Palin accused the Democratic campaign of engaging in too much “finger-pointing backwards” and “doing the blame game” regarding Bush’s policy on Israel, and said that, hey, all administrations make mistakes! Hahah. Roy Edroso was right: blame liberals, unless you can’t, then blame everyone.

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4 Comments »

  1. For those of us not in the US, and thus not getting the constant ticker-tape on this development, here is some much-needed perspective on just how bizarre this course of events is.

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/09/30 @ 15:02 | Reply

  2. Brian D: I must admit I missed this gem:

    1. John McCain 2 weeks ago: “The fundamentals of the economy are strong.”

    (No doubt, it’s the fault of the filthy librulz that McCain said those words. Of course. It’s always the librulz’ fault.) (-:

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/09/30 @ 18:33 | Reply

  3. Frank, the irony is that he said that infamous line the very day the collapse first hit Wall Street. The foot-in-mouth flavor is augmented because, three hours after he said that, he also said “The fundamentals of our economy are at risk”. Both of these were sufficiently lampooned by Stewart and Colbert (almost turning the line into a meme, i.e. ‘my understanding of economics is quite complete’). Google the phrase (it may have been “our” economy; I forget the precise phrasing) and bask in the findings.

    (There was also his timing mishap, which leads into the apologetics that inspired this post. The laundry list of liberals to blame is also provided by Michael Bérubé, along with a delightful graphic representation of Palin’s ‘Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States” gaffe.)

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/09/30 @ 19:35 | Reply

  4. Brian D:

    Google the phrase (it may have been “our” economy; I forget the precise phrasing) and bask in the findings.

    Holy batman. And… holy batman. (Wait, did McCain just… blame librulz again? Holy batman of batman…)

    The laundry list of liberals to blame is also provided by Michael Bérubé,

    Ah, Al Gore’s airplane. :-B

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/10/01 @ 17:47 | Reply


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