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Is the "Bush card" the new "get out of jail free" card

It sure seems to me to be how many Democrats view it. If in trouble, ethically challenged, or just doing a miserable job, blame Bush. It has become the all purpose, "get out of jail free" card for Democrats, or so they seem to think.

The latest example?  Why the Democratic Representative from Los Angeles, Maxine Waters.  Instead of answering direct questions concerning her role is obtaining TARP funds for a bank in which her husband had an interest and sat on the board of directors, we got this:


Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems — saying she had to intervene with the Treasury Department on behalf of minority-owned banks seeking federal bailout funds — including one tied to her husband — because the Treasury Department wouldn’t schedule its own appointments.


"The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to," she said. "The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis."

Actually those aren’t the questions that should be asked.  Instead they should be asking, “why didn’t you disclose the fact that your husband had a position in one of these banks when you came begging for money?”   Or, “if you did nothing ethically wrong, then why is it this information wasn’t volunteered initially when you contacted Sec. Paulson?”   And finally, “would you have contacted the Secretary if a bank in which your husband had an interest hadn’t been part of that association”?

I mean there were plenty of banks in trouble at the time – why that particular association?  Why that particular bank?

This finger pointing and blame-shifting is getting old.  When the meeting Waters demanded took place -surprise, surprise- the officers of only one bank showed up – OneUnited, her husband’s bank.  Payoff (or ripoff if you prefer)?  50 million of your dollars.

Yet somehow it is the Bush administration’s fault.  In fact, everything that is wrong in America isn’t the fault of the Democrats.  Oh no.  They – the masters of victimhood – are the victims of that awful and scurrilous George W. Bush.


Even a third-grader would have learned by now that trying to shift blame on someone else for something you’ve done rarely if ever works.  Democrats have yet to come to that realization.  But, as we’ve often noted here, the pubic certainly has, and for the most part are sick and tired of the whining, crying and attempts to duck responsibility for their actions.



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13 Responses to Is the "Bush card" the new "get out of jail free" card

  • “The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to,” she said. “The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis.”

    But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came — OneUnited.

    Reckon the ninety and nine others (plus) were…you know…busy….
    As Pete Wehner over at Commentary says, some things are beyond parody.

  • Yet in fact, most bad ideas are put in place by Democrats. Sure, sometimes Republicans add some, like Bush and Medicare Part D. But the origional Medicare was from the Dems.

  • Maxine Waters is a Marxist psychopath. So she’s entitled to be above the rules. Entitled to call riots an “uprising.” Entitled to lie in a loud voice and dare people to call her on it.

  • 1. Neither Waters or Rangel are going to be thrown out of the House. Even censure (ie a public denunciation in the well of the House) is unlikely. The most likely punishment is a reprimand.
    2. Neither Waters or Rangel is going to lose in November. That’s just the way things are. And Rangel’s opponent, Adam Powell IV is no model of probity.
    Unlike 2006 or 2008, culture of corruption will not be a significant factor because there is no sex angle, no jail time and no “Republican hypocrites”. Not to mention the race angle. Instead these are two instances of the low level corruption most Americans have come to expect from our politicians. It’s sort of like chicken soup for the Republican campaign. It can’t hurt.

    • . Neither Waters or Rangel are going to be thrown out of the House. Even censure (ie a public denunciation in the well of the House) is unlikely. The most likely punishment is a reprimand.

      >>>> Unless the trials get dragged out till control of the house changes….. heh

  • Once again, you dense righties fail to understand the nuances. That’s because you are ignorant of post-modern holy writ. We have a socially constructed consensus that Bush is evil, and you guys can’t do a thing about that. Suck on it.

    Heck, we worked hard on that. Think of all the work we did on paper machete puppets. Plus the grueling material I produced for my course on how Sadr won over Maliki, the Surge failed, Iran is going to march in and take over any day now you just wait, and other aspects of how Iraq was the biggest foreign policy disaster in American history. Until Obama took over and everything began to work out fine.

    Well, I guess Bush did a few things right when he started listening to wise leftists like me and co-opting the resistance for a temporary, fragile peace. But he should have started that the day after the invasion. It would have worked! It would! So don’t start up with how the insurgents had to be shown that the alternative to working with us was getting killed first! It doesn’t have to work that way. I decreeeeee it!

    Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, establishing Bush hatred was hard work. My comrades colleagues in the media, for example, just slaved over it. Do you realize how hard it is to find people who claim to have incriminating memos about Bush in his younger days? Or what it takes to demonize fifty guys who served with Kerry? Or how much you have to struggle to be seen as an impartial, objective newsman when you used to be Bill Clinton’s right hand man?

    So now we get to reap the rewards of our hard work. We already used it to first take back Congress with the eminent, dynamic leader Nancy Pelosi, and then elect Obama, PBUH.

    I suspect you guys will be surprised this fall. I suspect that Bush hatred will pull us through again, because it certainly sustains me and it’s stronger than ever in the faculty lounge. I suspect that Obama with his christlike visage will be re-elected in 2012. Just like I suspected that he would cut spending, which he did, I decree it, so don’t start up with any of your charts and graphs. They are not a part of socially constructed reality. Only leftist moderate wise academics are qualified to judge when a socially constructed reality has been established. I decree that too.

    Finally, I suspect you guys are really going to change your tune and support Obama as he mounts a vigorous program to control the giant magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face, full lips, and ample bosom. I think their winking and eye rolling is a form of mind control, and we certainly can’t have that, at least not from anyone who isn’t a wise leftist.

    OK, I’ve used “I suspect” enough for one day. Remember, just because I said that “I suspect” something doesn’t mean I really said it will happen. It’s just a marker in case it does happen so that I can crow about how smart I am.

    Yes, this left libertarian knows that you dense righties are not the answer and that we must continue to support our glorious lightworker president as he continues the march to leftist utopia fix all the problems caused by evil Republicans like Bush. And you guys shut up about how left libertarian is indistinguishable from being a socialist! Just because I support Obamacare, taking over a bunch of industry sectors, and tax rates that make your nose bleed doesn’t make me a socialist! I’m a left libertarian who believes in small government and personal responsibility, except for whenever a wise leftist needs to have big government and boss everyone around. It’s simple, really. I wish you guys were smart enough to figure it out.

    • Golly, Ott…really HAVE got a magenta caterpillar up your plumber  professor crack today!
      Wassamatter…feeling all that hard-won Booooosh hate slip, sliding away….????

  • Gotta tell ya, Bush was positively “Machiavellian” in that he laid the groundwork for this years in advance! He “made” this silly git violate ethics rules, knowing that years later, it would pay off in a racially-charged House ethics trial during a precarious electoral season for the Dems!

    Bush really was smarter than every single one of the Dems, wasn’t he?  Always “making” them do things they didn’t want to do like breaking rules or voting for wars they really didn’t support.

  • Similar to shark’s comment: You know, Democrats, if you’re this easily snowed, this easily cowed, this easily manipulated by a someone you also claim is a buffoon, just helplessly washed about by forces out of your control, not responsible for anything, then GTFO out of my government! Even as a libertarian, I do need some things done by the government, and apparently you are too incompetent at everything to get the job done. This is not an excuse or a reason not to punish you. This is you claiming to be fundamentally, effectively incompetent at your job and thinking this is somehow an excuse.
    When you really look at what they are saying when they play the “Bush card”, it is a truly bizarre defense. “I am an elected official to one of the most powerful bodies in the world but alas I am feckless and easily manipulated to do the bidding of my ideological opposition. So please don’t punish me and please do reelect me.” Seriously?

  • Although my estimation of Bush has been revised somewhat downward since he left office, he might as well be on Mt. Rushmore when it comes to Obama. George Bush is in a league with Harry Truman and Grover Cleveland, both decidedly American presidents. Obama is in a league with V.I. Lenin and Hugo Chavez, not that I want to insult Russians or Venezuelans.