And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame. And I think Geithner is doing an outstanding job. I think that we have a big mess on our hands. It’s not going to be solved immediately, but it is going to get solved. And the key thing is for everybody just to stay focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to.
Chris Stirewalt on the Administration’s reaction to the Gulf Oil Spill just over a year later:
But with news about the laxity at the Mineral Management Service and in the Interior Department, it looks like the White House may be turning back to one of its favorite enemies – Dick Cheney.
Maureen Dowd tells us: “One West Wing official admits that, even with all the crises they were juggling, they should have acted more urgently to re-examine the dark legacy of Cheney in the Energy and Interior Departments.”
And since a new Pew poll shows that a quarter of Democrats and half of all adults think the president could have done more, Darth Vader makes a politically convenient target to at least rally his base back to Obama’s side.
Targeting the Bush administration when the president’s appointee has been running the regulatory agency for 11 months may be kind of thin gruel, but this is, as they would say, is crisis communications.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: