Truth in Blogging

By mw | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense

Last week’s White House Blog post by Dan Pfeiffer was notable for the brutal unvarnished honesty of its title:

The Same Old Washington Blame Game
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on December 30, 2009 at 03:34 PM EST

We are unaccustomed to this kind of refreshing candor coming from a Communication Director of any administration in recent memory. After all, the job of a Communication Director is “spin” – to frame everything in the most positive light for the President and the administration. But there it is… Pfeiffer delivers on the promise of the title “The Same Old Washington Blame Game” with much more of the same old Washington blame game in the selfsame post.

In the first paragraph, Pfeiffer writes “too many are engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay…”. In the rest of the post he points fingers and makes political hay:

“..for seven years after 9/11, while our national security was overwhelmingly focused on Iraq – a country that had no al Qaeda presence before our invasion – Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda’s leadership was able to set up camp in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they continued to plot attacks against the United States.”

“Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country.”

“The difference is this: President Obama doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it, and – unlike the last Administration – we are not at war with a tactic (“terrorism”), we at war with something that is tangible…”

Kudos to Dan Pfeiffer. No telling where this kind of honesty might lead. If Congress followed his example and gave honest titles to its legislative efforts, the stimulus bill might have been named: Bring Home the Bacon to Democratic Districts Porkfest; the Cash for Clunkers program would be entitled We Will Borrow Money From China To Be Repaid by Your Children And Give It To You So You Can Buy a Car Now Act; and the health care reform bill that recently passed the Senate would be known as A Giant Hairball That No One Understands Except the Big Pharma and Health Care Insurance Lobbyists that Wrote This Bill, or just Frankenbill.

I can only hope this trend will continue. Perhaps other political bloggers will be inspired to be more candid about their blog posts. We, the Donklephant bloggers, could follow Dan’s example. I’ll start. Please mentally substitute this post title: “A Smarmy, Cynical, Sarcastic And Unfunny Take On The White House Blog”.

Hat Tip – Kate at Small Dead Animals

X-posted from Divided We Stand United We Fall


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  2. Honestly Says:

    Honestly, since when is responding to spurious accusations considered “playing the blame game?” I mean, Note anything in your quoted section of the White House’s blog that is wrong?

    The past administration’s focus on Iraq allowed al Qaeda to regroup & expand its franchises. Despite bellicose rhetoric it failed to hold the spread of al Qaeda & did divide this country by using the terror threat to score political points, to the point where many people stopped believing there was a threat and that the Bush administration’s hyping of such a threat was merely a political ploy to gain votes in elections (Note Fmr DHS Sec Ridge admitting he was asked by Bush admin to hype threat before elections to help republicans).

    Chest beating: Yes, Bush & Cheney loved to chest beat on Iran, al Qaeda, but what they did in effect was weaken our country, indebt us to China & generally leave us weaker than we were at the start of the decade. Moreover, Iran got 8 yrs closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon, amassed a lot of regional power once we removed the threat of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein from its eastern & western flanks. So, again, the White House’s post is right, on all these counts you quote above.

    The fault here lies with Dick Cheney, one of the people most responsible for the slew of crises we find ourselves in, including economic, who decides to come out of his bunker to talk as if he bore no responsibility for much of our troubles. It’s in short, a lack of self-reflection or understanding of how most of what he did left us weaker and less able to deal with the threats that we face. More than anyone, Fmr. VP Cheney should be ashamed to speak about anything National Security related, given how badly he screwed up during the last 8 yrs.

  3. mw Says:

    @Honestly

    Operative words: “finger-pointing” “blame” “making political hay”

    Just because you think the finger-pointing, blame, and political hay-making on the part of Pfeiffer are justified, it does not change the fact that he is indeed finger-pointing, casting blame, and making political hay. Nor does it challenge the point of the post.

    CAPTCHA Words: moran guilty
    Really. I report – you decide.

  4. Terry Says:

    You know, I would agree with you position if you didn’t take it to this level:

    “No telling where this kind of honesty might lead. If Congress followed his example and gave honest titles to its legislative efforts, the stimulus bill might have been named: “Bring Home the Bacon to Democratic Districts Porkfest“; the Cash for Clunkers program would be entitled “We Will Borrow Money From China To Be Repaid by Your Children And Give It To You So You Can Buy a Car Now Act“; and the health care reform bill that recently passed the Senate would be known as “A Giant Hairball That No One Understands Except the Big Pharma and Health Care Insurance Lobbyists that Wrote This Bill“, or just “Frankenbill“.”

    Seriously, I’d love to hear your names for ‘No Child Left Behind’ and “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″ aka the Patriot Act…

    It isn’t the position I’m criticizing here, though, it’s the inflammatory tone. I find it so curious how those overly critical to this administration were so silent for 8 years. Frankly, it would have been refreshing to see this level of scrutiny then. But with it so absent then, it’s hard to give it credibility now.

  5. Doomed Says:

    The fact that someone in the administration would post this shows the level of Moonbattery the Obama Administration is sinking to in order to Alinskize the debate.

    Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

    Notice how the Obama administration continually is going after a PERSON…an individual. Cheney. Palin. Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly, Bush, Gonzales.

    Notice how when they go after the CIA or the TSA or the HOMELAND SECURITY department the debate quickly FIZZLES out?…….Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies.

    Then there is this from another administration official…..

    “The idea was that we’d show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could,” says a staffer in the counsel’s office. “We were told that classified material involving anything related to al Qaeda operating in Yemen or Nigeria was fair game and that we’d declassify it if necessary.”

    No one remember the Buh…Buh…Buh Clinton defense in 2001 by Bush Apologists? They were quickly laughed off the stage. Now the Obama people are finding the same greetings.

    This is no longer about BUSH anymore…this is about Obama and the Democrats…they are fully in charge…nearly everything in place is their baby…..

    Deal with it and Govern.

  6. mw Says:

    @Terry
    This is becoming a theme…

    “I find it so curious how those overly critical to this administration were so silent for 8 years.Frankly, it would have been refreshing to see this level of scrutiny then. But with it so absent then, it’s hard to give it credibility now.” – Terry

    … if a bit tiresome. The riposte du jour is apparently – “Where were you when the Republicans were pulling the exact same crap the Democrats are pulling today?” Leaving aside for the moment that the question itself confirms that the one party rule Democrats are indeed pulling the exact same crap as the one party rule Republicans when they held all the cards, this is where I was…

    As pointed out the last time you tried to call me on this – I was anything but silent:

    I think I was pretty clear about my views on the Patriot Act here in 2008, and on my blog in 2006. For that matter, you can look at anything I wrote in 2006. I was writing a lot about the Republicans then because they mattered. They had all the power, unlike today, when they are little more than a distraction. Writing about Republicans now is a waste of keystrokes, unless, of course, your intent is to distract from what the party with all the power is actually doing with that power.

    So Terry, I’ll wrap with this – Using your premise, since I was not absent then, I guess you have to give my screeds credibility now. Right?

  7. Nick Benjamin Says:

    @Doomed
    You’d have better luck convincing me you weren’t a right-wing nutjob if you didn’t make up words that suit your spin. Re-defining words is also a non-no. I’m talking about “Alinskyize,” and “freeze.”

    As for your complaint that Obama is abusing poor Cheney remember: he just talked about this a few days ago. He went on TV and talked about it. They are responding to him. By the only logical interpretation I can make of your post (and believe I’ve tried to interpret your post logically), you’re claiming Obama administration officials can’t actually respond to Dick Cheney’s allegations without using some Alinskyite tactic you think is illegitimate.

    You can bitch and moan about shooting the messenger. IMO you’re wrong on this issue but at least shooting the messenger is a concept that exists outside of your head.

  8. Doomed Says:

    “Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and succeeded in dividing this country.”

    This speaks for itself. A couple days after the undie bomber this guy pens this blaming BUSH for all our ills.

    This administration cannot govern. This is classic Alinsky. Deflect the argument and Blame Bush for the break down in National Security almost a year after BUSH is gone.

    Laughable and pathetic. This is Obama’s baby…..Deal with it dont blame LBJ or George Washington….Deal with it.

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