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Obama advisor always looking for someone else to blame

After Obama’s roughest week,” reports Brian Hughes of the Washington Examiner, “White House points finger at GOP”:

White House officials on Sunday dismissed Republican attacks over three simmering scandals as a partisan witch hunt, hoping to put behind them President Obama’s single worst week in office and to move Washington’s attention back to his second-term agenda.

While Obama was delivering a commencement address at the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, his top surrogates fanned out across the Sunday morning talk shows to defuse claims that the administration has violated constitutional boundaries and to blame the controversies on partisan politics as usual.

“We’ve seen this playbook from the Republicans before,” Dan Pfeiffer, a senior Obama adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What they want to do when they’re lacking a positive agenda is try to drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped-up hearings and false allegations. We’re not going to let that happen.”

Well, they wouldn’t need go on any fishing expeditions if Mr. Pfeiffer and his team would just answer the questions Republicans have been asking. It’s unfortunate that instead of answering those questions, Mr. Pfeiffer has chosen to blame Republicans.

Wish Mr. Pfeiffer had instead listened to his boss who just over four years ago spelled out for Jay Leno what he intended to do as President of the United States, including breaking that “pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.

Guess that’s a pattern Mr. Pfeiffer isn’t interested in breaking.

As the French say, Plus ça change. . . .

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14 Comments

  1. If it weren’t for double standards Democrats would have no standards at all.

    Comment by Ralph Gizzip — May 20, 2013 @ 11:16 am - May 20, 2013

  2. WHAT THE IRS DID IS ILLEGAL. As in, subject to criminal law.

    But, per your link, Dan Pfeiffer is there to imply that it’s just “partisan fishing expeditions, trumped-up hearings and false allegations”. (After admitting it happened and professing some sort of meaningless, i.e. consequence-free, outrage about it.)

    Does anyone really not see the vileness, the Nixon-and-Beyond dishonesty of this Obama administration?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 20, 2013 @ 11:23 am - May 20, 2013

  3. Unfortunately, it will work. It is impossible to hold a black Democrat accountable in the American political system. And the electorate is now dominated by low-information voters and the Free Sh-t Army; whose exposure to news is limited to ‘The Daily Show’ and five second soundbites on ‘Dingo and the Baby.”

    Comment by V the K — May 20, 2013 @ 11:36 am - May 20, 2013

  4. His roughest week? Let’s hope it becomes only his roughest so far.

    Comment by alanstorm — May 20, 2013 @ 12:15 pm - May 20, 2013

  5. #4 – What alanstorm said!! In spades.

    And yes, I went there. Deal with it.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 20, 2013 @ 12:19 pm - May 20, 2013

  6. So, Tea Party patriots get harassed, interrogated, and have their livelihoods threatened for over a year… but it’s Obama who has a rough week? That’s f–ked up.

    Comment by V the K — May 20, 2013 @ 1:03 pm - May 20, 2013

  7. http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/05/20/The-Obama-Clinton-10-00-Phone-Call

    Just more proof that the POTUS is up to his eye balls in this $hit. God, what a sad, evil story he and his people have bought to us to bear. How on earth do we end this nightmare?

    Comment by mixitup — May 20, 2013 @ 4:04 pm - May 20, 2013

  8. We’ve gone from “What difference does it make?” to “The law is irrelevant!” in less than a month.

    Anyone else see a pattern here?

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 20, 2013 @ 4:23 pm - May 20, 2013

  9. Take a spin at the Wheel Of Blame!

    Comment by BigGator5 — May 20, 2013 @ 5:37 pm - May 20, 2013

  10. Vaclev Havel (last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic) called for leaders who will speak the truth and put principle above party.

    That seems to be a very tall order. No lie is ever the antidote to further lying since the lie is always the progenitor of a family of lies. Putting principle above party is too often seen as treason to ideological loyalty.

    Obama has lied, permitted others to lie and seeded a culture of lying.

    The “pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame” describes a culture in which noble character can barely exist. It is a culture in which the people place more emphasis on results than on order, propriety or simple virtue.

    What manner of character exists in refusing to upgrade security in Benghazi and ignoring pleas for help during the attack and then blaming the attack on demonstrably false forces while treating four murders as an unfortunate “bump in the road” in the rough and tumble risk of pursuing diplomatic gains?

    How do IRS employees “go rogue” in a bureaucracy that is nothing less than the prototype for tracing, keeping and analyzing paper trails? It would not take a Sherlock Holmes to reverse engineer the paper trail and trace the questionnaires to their source and then the author and then the supervisor who signed off and then to the cell that permitted the abuse and then to the ……. Well, in violation of Godwin’s law …. interview the concentration guards and follow the leads and soon enough you have the little Eichmanns and then Eichmann himself and then Himmler and Heydrich and the others.

    Hannah Arendt attended the trial of Eichmann and came away describing Eichmann as a “buffoon” with no ability to think beyond his task and with the capacity to ignore the standpoint of his victim’s humanity. She found him to be “incorruptible” in his sense of “duty” to his role. He had overcome his human conscience. He had settled for what Arendt called “the banality of evil.” Arendt noted that the “root” of evil can be uprooted. But the “banality of evil” is a fungus that spreads without roots. “Thou shall not kill” became “Thou shall kill with efficiency” as a functionary in the throes of a moral collapse which taught Eichmann and others what not to think. “Right” and “wrong” are manipulated in respect to the interpretations of the power structure and the exemplary functionary responded accordingly.

    Obama and the amorphous Progressive crusade for fundamentally transforming America into a statist social justice and welfare entity place the ends above the means. Therefore, they breed a cultural indifference to what is ethical and turn to what “works” in their warfare for ideological change.

    We are witnessing the lesser acts in the “banality of evil” being played out. Obama did not put these people in place. The little Eichmanns are Progressive zealots who are predisposed to read the patterns in the culture of corruption and to take their ideological imperatives in hand and play out the role of good little soldiers in the war for implementing victory in the Progressive crusade.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 20, 2013 @ 6:05 pm - May 20, 2013

  11. How’s the novel coming, Dan?

    Comment by VS — May 20, 2013 @ 6:34 pm - May 20, 2013

  12. Very well, thank you, VS. Had a great writing day today and could finish the first draft of Chapter Twenty the conclusion of Part I (of the first book) by tomorrow.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 20, 2013 @ 6:46 pm - May 20, 2013

  13. Question about Benghazi: Obama and his bootlickers claim they couldn’t send help to the consulate because “it wouldn’t have gotten there in time.”

    How did they know when the attack was going to end?

    Comment by V the K — May 20, 2013 @ 6:47 pm - May 20, 2013

  14. An F-16 can fly at Mach 2, with a 2000 mile range – being in theater it could have done some real damage rather quickly. I have no doubt they could have found a couple of volunteers to fly a mission. Not to mention the Seals, Special Forces or any other combat warrior available.

    But V, we all know that not being able to get there is a Bull $hit excuse. Why POTUS said “stand-down” we may never know – but the result of HIS actions are reprehensible and criminal.

    Comment by mixitup — May 20, 2013 @ 7:17 pm - May 20, 2013

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