"This began, I'd argue, from the first moment. He punted on the inaugural. Everybody ran around like crazy trying to praise it because if Barack Obama couldn't give a speech then what?"
-- Michael Wolff, New York Magazine
(H/T: Mark Steyn via Pundette.) Conservatives are understandably schadenfreudelicious that liberals have belatedly begun to recognize that Hope is no substitute for either experience or competence. So excuse me while I harsh your mellow, as Mike would say.
Who is to blame for the Obama administration? Republicans.
Karl Rove was right when he said, circa 2002-04, that America was on the brink of a potential "Permanent Republican Majority." It took a thousand Republican mistakes to fumble away that advantage, to allow the Democrats to recapture Congress in '06 and then elect this hubristic Harvard-educated idiot to the White House.
Just as Watergate and the politically tone-deaf incompetence of Gerald Ford gave us the first Jimmy Carter, and just as the ham-handedness of Bush 41 gave us Bill Clinton, so the blunders of Bush 43 and the disastrous Maverick candidacy gave us the Obama debacle.
At some point, Republicans are going to have to wise up, take a good hard look at the internal sources of their woes, and begin to hold people responsibility for the kind of unforced policy errors and clueless political fuckuperry that resulted in Obama getting 53% of the popular vote and 365 Electoral College votes. He is the Democrat that incompetent Republicans put in the White House, just as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are the Democrats that incompetent Republicans put in charge of the House and Senate.
Schaden me no freudes, my Republican friends. Get to work figuring out how to beat the Evil Coalition of Liars and Fools, and crush them so badly they can't possibly come back again to destroy America's freedom and prosperity.
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