Steve Chapman in the Chicago Trib:
Not long ago, Barack Obama was pilloried for being too activist, too meddlesome and too inclined to see himself as the messiah. He was forcing health care reform down our throats, running General Motors, wrecking the financial system and promising to make the oceans recede.
But that was a different guy, from a parallel universe. The President Obama we all know is a passive, detached do-nothing. Or so we have been hearing since the BP oil spill gained our attention.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican who once denounced Democrats for scheming to “increase dependence on government,” now demands that Washington do more for his state.
Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who recently urged Congress to zero out the Environmental Protection Agency, challenges the administration to “save the Louisiana coast, save the fisheries, save the wetlands.”
Funny how nobody said that at the 2008 Republican National Convention, where the chant was “drill, baby, drill.” Back then, real men didn’t protect sea turtles.
Read the whole thing.
If President Obama were to raise high his staff, part the waters of the Potomac River, and lead us all to the land of milk and honey, Republicans would find fault.
They would fault him for holding his staff at the wrong angle, parting the river too much or too little, using a staff of ash rather than maple, picking the wrong place to part the waters, or finding too much milk and not enough honey, or something. Or all those things.
We don’t know what the complaint would be, but we can be certain that it would be.
Finding fault when you have no ideas is easier than finding ideas.