White House to Red State Dems: Don't blame Obama for election results
Some anticipatory posterior covering seems to be underway. President Obama is never responsible for anything bad, though when it comes to taking credit for good things, he is so fond of the personal pronoun that he used the word “I” 15 times when announcing the bin Laden raid on Abbottabad. This same duality was on display yesterday. Justin Sink of The Hill:
A day after President Obama tied Democratic candidates to his policies, the White House said those people would ultimately be responsible for their own Election Day triumphs or disappointments.
"The success of many of these Democratic candidates will depend on their own success in motivating voters that strongly supported the president in 2012," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.
"Ultimately, those Democratic candidates will have to develop their own strategies in their states for figuring out how exactly to do that," he continued. "And there are people running in red states that have a strong track record. … So it should be their decision. It's ultimately their campaign; it's their name that's on the ballot."
Hmm, it was only last October 2 that President Obama announced that in fact his policies were on the ballot:
"I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them."
Ed Lasky has given Obama the sobriquet “the blamethrower.” It applies even more today than before.