The Right Way To Play The Blame Game

James Carville argues that Democrats are making a mistake in not playing the blame game and placing the blame where it belongs:

Democrats would not be playing the blame game with one another for the loss or for the healthcare debacle if they had only pointed fingers at those (or in this case, the one) who put Americans (and most of the world) in the predicament we’re in: George W. Bush.

It is under his disastrous tenure in the White House that health insurance premiums nearly doubled for the average American family and the number of uninsured skyrocketed. It was under Mr Bush that the deficit spiralled out of control as we fought an unnecessary and endless $3,000bn war in Iraq and enacted the largest unfunded entitlement programme in history with the Medicare prescription drug benefit. It was Mr Bush’s economic team that worshipped at the Church of Deregulation and was asleep at the wheel as banks and insurance companies became too big to fail.

Carville complains that Obama  “admirably and eloquently argued that the US was ready to turn the page on the Bush years.” While he might be right that Obama has gone too far in trying to turn the page, such political charges are better made by people other than the president.

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