In a column today in the New York Post, the National Review‘s Jim Geraghty doesn’t use the idiom that many incorrectly used to describe Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim to take “responsibility for the failure to secure our facilities and personnel in Libya”, but he does address why that idiom just doesn’t work in those circumstances.
For it to work, as I have argued, Mrs. Clinton would have had to suffer consequences for her acknowledgement. And in her case, there was, Geraghty writes, “no word on any actual consequence of” her failure. Indeed, few in this administration face any consequences when they verbally take responsibility:,
Tim Geithner, who failed to pay more than $40,000 in taxes over a four-year period is still Treasury secretary, and earlier this year we learned that 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes.
* After a loud public outcry, Obama said he “took responsibility” for themillions in bonuses paid to AIG executives as part of the bailout. Of course, the bonuses remained.
* Discussing the national debtin Virginia on Aug. 6, 2009, Obamasaid, “I don’t mind being responsible. I expect to be held responsible for these issues, because I’m the president.” We’ve added $4.4 trillion in new debt since he said those words.
Read the whole thing.