Tea Party Awarded the George W. Bush Role

President George W. Bush’s jersey has finally been retired.  The political-media establishment has a new designated bad guy to pin the blame on: tea party activists and the Congressmen they helped elect.

During the debt ceiling debate they were called terrorists, suicide bombers, extortionists and hostage takers.  A Google search found dozens of July articles titled “The Teaparty’s War on America.”  Here’s a quote from the one in the New York Times:

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged Jihad on the American people…But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for…

President Obama eschewed the T word and the J word but he has begun a campaign to position the tea party to take the blame for what will likely be many more months of high unemployment and economic misery.  He says they have “hurt the economy” by demanding spending cuts and debating the debt ceiling increase.

Obama’s claim begs the question, what happened to the economy after the last debt ceiling increase?  That was in February, 2009 when Democrats still had commanding majorities in both the House and Senate.  The  Republicans were too small a minority to offer any resistance so the debt ceiling increase sailed through with little discussion, little media coverage and no spending cuts.

12 Comments so far

  1. AzTex on August 4th, 2011

    Tea party did not replaced Bush, they took the seat beside him at the guilty defendant’s table.

    Typical of short attention span conservatives you ignore the financial mushroom cloud Bush left for Obama to inherit and deal with. Bush caused our high unemployment and the tea party idiots have made it worse. teaparty and Repubicans own this economy. Obama is working with common sense solutions. But with the House Republicans obstructing everything and the tea party scaring America to death we aren’t making any progress.

  2. Sarah Livingston on August 4th, 2011

    Obama does politics the Chicago way, wield power and use dirty tricks. It only works when there are enough honest businesses and tax payers to steal from. America doesn’t have enough of those now. That’s why there is so much deficit.

    One thing Obama will never do is admit he was wrong about something. He will always think of someone else to blame. He will always say he was the victim of other people’s bad policies. People aren’t buying that it’s still Bush’s fault any more so he has to blame somebody else. If there was no tea party he would probably blame the full moon.

    I’m praying the Republicans come up with a candidate that can win next year. But so far they haven’t. And I hear Obama will raise a billion dollars to pay for dirty, lying attack ads against whoever runs. Maybe thats why the most qualified Republicans are hanging back.

    Small businesses are getting killed in the Obama economy. But he doesn’t care. He keeps sending Trillions to his friends in big corporations and wall street.

  3. KenLore on August 4th, 2011

    The only thing that chart does is prove Bush left behind a train wreck.

  4. Drew on August 4th, 2011

    “One thing Obama will never do is admit he was wrong about something. He will always think of someone else to blame.”

    The very definition of someone who doesn’t have an ounce of leadership in him. A cheap corporate climber over everyone els’s backs. Take credit, lay blame. A fraud.

    I think that’s why AzTex is so shrill. He/she knows the truth. The biggest presidential mistake in my lifetime. At least Carter really was smart, if similarly incompetant.

  5. BabyTruak on August 4th, 2011

    Obama’s not wrong. Why should he admit he was wrong when he wasnt? If the Chicago way is using political power to make things happen and stop corporate puppets from threatening economic meltdown then he should have used more power. He should have faced down the teaparty radicals who care more about corporate tax breaks than the general welfare of the people.

  6. AzTex on August 4th, 2011

    Drew is confused about which President was the biggest mistake. The biggest mistake was Bush. Another conservative like Bush and this country will be Somalia.

    The people know Obama is our best hope. Polls show majority correctly blames bush for the economy. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/14/Poll-Bush-responsible-for-economy/UPI-92741310654192/

    Obama deserves a second term and he’ll win one in a smart, well funded campaign that focuses on the dopey Republican failed policies that got us into this disaster. Tea party are numnuts

  7. Drew on August 5th, 2011

    Troll, troll, troll your boat, gentley down the stream…

  8. Snarf J on August 5th, 2011


    The Democraps had FULL control of BOTH Houses of Congress, for a FULL two years before Obama stepped in. Last time I checked, Congress writes the bills and signs the checks.

    Barry S. was IN the Senate, for those same two FULL years, and was complicit in any “meltdown”.

    Nice try…..but still FAIL.

  9. Snarf J on August 5th, 2011

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the DNC: “We OWN this economy”.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the DNC: “WE were able to (the Democrats), under President Obama’s leadership, turn this economy around”

    Expect these to be repeated ad-naseum, in GOP campaign commercials coming to a TV near you.

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