That’s just not, to borrow a word from the President Obama’s rhetorical lexicon, taking responsibility for the task at hand.Â Instead it’s part of that old “pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.”
The President partially undermined the strong points in his Strasbourg speech by repeatedly criticizing his predecessor. This is not the first time he has blamed Bush.Â Nor is it the only time he or his team has attacked Republicans.
In her column in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Kimberley A. Strassel shows how, with a generous assist from the White House, Democrats are going after one of the GOP’s “up-and-coming talents,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. They have run TV ads criticizing this thoughtful conservative. A Democratic front group even ran “robocalls in five districts” attacking his wife.
Strassel concludes that “the coordinated takedown attempt [of Cantor] is yet more proof that the Obama-led Democrats aren’t nearly as interested in changing the ‘tone’ as they are in holding on to power.”Â No wonder polls show that in the first few months of this “post-partisan” Administration, Americans are becoming increasingly polarized.