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I'm just loving the RNC's new slogan, "HYPE & BLAME", for the 2012 presidential campaign. In fact, I think it's awesome. Because as everyone knows, Republicans (a term that for the purpose of this diary includes the GOP's sundry media enablers and fans) have never hyped anything, and have certainly never blamed anyone but themselves for anything, since they are, after all, the party of "responsibility."

I think we liberal Obamabots need to remember that:

- Republicans never hyped George W. Bush's foreign-policy credentials or terrorism-fighting prowess.

- Republicans never hyped the threat posed by Iraq, Saddam Hussein and his WMDs.

- Republicans never hyped the effectiveness of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques™.

- Republicans never hyped the economic benefits of Tax Cuts™, and of not taxing The Job Creators™.

- Republicans never hyped Ronald Reagan's fiscal conservatism or his single-handedly ending the Cold War.

- Republicans never hyped Sarah Palin.

But more importantly:

- Republicans blamed themselves, not President Clinton and not the intelligence community, and took responsibility for the intelligence failures that enabled the 9/11 attacks.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not state and local Democratic officials, and took responsibility for the inadequate emergency response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats, and took responsibility for the decision to invade Iraq, the failure to find WMDs there, and the many disastrous consequences and costs (fiscal, human and otherwise) of that war.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats and not the "liberal media," and took responsibility for the decline in public support for the Iraq war.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not the "liberal media," and took responsibility for the decline in President Bush's approval ratings in his second term.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress, and took responsibility for the economic collapse that occurred in the last quarter of 2008.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not some lone Democratic congressman, and took responsibility for the lax regulatory enforcement environment in the mid-2000s that led the banks to make and sell off all those bad mortgages that in turn led to the housing/credit crisis.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats and not President Obama, and took responsibility for the TARP bank bailouts of 2008 and their costs.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats and not President Obama, and took responsibility for the surge in unemployment that occurred in 2008-2009.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats and not President Obama, and took responsibility for enacting the policies to which the lion's share of the current federal budget deficit (and national debt) are directly attributable.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats and not President Obama, and took responsibility for turning surpluses into deficits in 2001-2003 and more than doubling the national debt from $5T to $11T from 2001 to 2009.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not the "liberal media", not ACORN and not "voter fraud", and took responsibility for their electoral losses in 2006 and 2008.

- Republicans blamed themselves, not Democrats, and took responsibility for the national debt more than quadrupling from less than $1T in 1980 to more than $4T in 1992.

See? Republicans are absolutely right to criticize President Obama for hyping his own accomplishments and blaming Republicans for things, because Republicans have never, ever done that. In fact, no person running for office has ever hyped his own accomplishments and blamed things on his political opponents. It's just not an acceptable way to campaign.

It's just not.

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Comment Preferences

  •  great diary - thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:35:49 AM PDT

  •  Hype and Blame 2012 (R) (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, HugoDog

    romney is hype and his vp will be blame .
    A more perfect campaign slogan for the republicans , I can't think of .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:36:59 AM PDT

  •  Both Sides Do It! (0+ / 0-)

    ----annnnnnnnnnd we'll have to leave it there.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:39:43 AM PDT

  •  Romney is "very disappointed" in April Job Numbers (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, myboo

    He said this morning Obama should be producing 500,000 jobs a month.  Very disappointed, he is.  

    500,000 jobs/month has only happened 16 times since 1939.  But damn it......Romney wants it right now.

    Of course, he leaves out the fact that the private sector gained over 100,000 jobs in April while the government sector lost l5,000.  That's what happens when Republican states make those drastic cuts.  And....that is what Republicans are counting on.  

    How's that working out in Europe?  Even an economic novice knows austerity measures in a reviving economy are the death knell.  

  •  When I first saw that (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, sgt sarcasm, LostBuckeye

    bumper sticker, I thought that was the platform the Republicans were running on, and I was kind of proud of their honesty.

    Then I realized it was just more poo-slinging and had a sad.

    All knowledge is worth having.

    by Noddy on Fri May 04, 2012 at 12:17:44 PM PDT

    •  Lets take their narrative (0+ / 0-)

      No wait hear me out.

      And let that be their slogan.  Mitt Romney is hyping that he'd provide 500,000 jobs while he's blaming Obama under who jobs are actually being created, etc.  I'm sure you can come up with plenty others.

      Don't let them use the narrative for our candidate, lets use it for theirs!  

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