Play the blame game? Hell yeah.

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Responding to pleas that we not play the blame game (mostly from those who favored the crappy policies that got us where we are...), John Emerson emphatically disagrees:


"My opinion is the opposite. The most important thing is to find and punish the guilty parties (including media people, conservative ideologues, and liberal hawks) by ending their political careers. We must have recriminations."
"Outside politics, the 'blame game' is called accountability."
Emerson then evokes the "do it to them before they do it to us" ethos (first popularized in the 80s by Hill St. Blues, of course. Please don't tell me it predates HSB, I won't believe you).

I won't lie, the post rambles and occasionally makes farfetched claims, but there are points of clarity that tell it as well as it's been told. Like:
"The Bush plan is especially hard to argue against because no one really knows what it is. A big chunk of factually-misinformed voters supports Bush because they trust him personally as a good Christian gentleman, and another better-formed 'insider' chunk supports Bush because they think that they know what his 'real' plan -- as opposed to any of his various publicly expressed plans -– is"
(Seeing the Forest)

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