It's Just Too Easy to Blame It on Barack
You have to hand it to Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was the official tea party responder to the president's State of the Union address.
No phony sincerity from her. No moving mention of her colleague lying in a Texas hospital, whose family celebrated that she could actually watch an hour of television. No forced rhetoric about all of us being Americans first, healing our divisions, finding greatness in our collective strength. Nope, not for Bachmann. No platitudes about sitting together and working together and moving forward to try to solve some of the country's problems.
Bachmann went on the attack against President Obama from the first line of her speech, devoting all but the last minute to making the case that he is to blame for the state of the economy. In the wake of Tucson, only one imperative remains: Blame it on Barack.
Bachmann is going to fight the last war until the last cable station turns out the last light. She may not have much to say about solving the country's problems, but she's got plenty to say about who's to blame for them: Obama. You remember when Obama became president -- it was morning in America and then a storm blew in? No? Bachmann has the charts to prove it.
Of course, the charts don't show you what went wrong under President Bush or what went right under President Clinton. But why let facts get in the way? The point is to throw mud and assign blame.
Isn't it? Isn't that what most Americans were tuning in to hear from their leaders? …