May 27, 2010

KARL ROVE: Yes, the Gulf Spill Is Obama’s Katrina: Where was the White House plan, and why has it been so slow to make decisions? On the other hand, Jonah Goldberg comments: “The notion that B.P. isn’t motivated to cap this thing as quickly as possible and so therefore Obama needs to lean on BP harder is nothing short of crazy talk. Obama could have been on vacation for the last month and I’d bet the tempo of the BP operation wouldn’t have been one minute slower.” True, but Ken Salazar’s “boot on their neck” comments kinda made the White House own this issue. One of many reasons why he would have been better off keeping his mouth shut.

UPDATE: Tunku Varadarajan says it’s not Obama’s oil spill, but by propagating a message that government can solve all ills, he made it easy to blame him. “Once you set out, as a president or a party, to propagate a message that the government has (or is) the panacea for all ills, then failure to deal with an ill leads to your being hoist with your own panacea-petard.”

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