Distraction the Second - AIG. We're worrying about a couple hundred million in bonuses which, apparently, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner knew about. It was only as Congress started ginning up an assload of indignation that Obama picked up his pitchfork to join the lynch mob.
Distraction the Third (and the point) - Now this is something I've seen going on ever since Obama took office and started the spending. The Rush Limbaugh controversy, most vividly, jumps to mind. Every liberal I know that has been talking politics is talking about ANYTHING but the Obama's economic policy. Let my look in my blogroll and see what's going on over on some of the liberal sites:
TORTURE AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION - self-explanatory
SUNDAY SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH - Not really political until the first sentences: Goodbye, Faux News. Goodbye, AIG. Goodbye, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and the Congressional Republicans.
GEORGE BUSH WAS A PANSY - One of the right wings beloved talking points is to claim Democrats are sissies. HA!
THE AIG ANTITHESIS - Congratulations, Toad, you're not the moonbat today.
Admittedly, my sample is small, but three out of four blogs that published in the last 24 hours (as of this post) are busy targeting BUSH!!!!
He's been out of office for two months. He hasn't made news in a while. He was a lame duck since November and had a Democrat majority to (theoretically) fight for the last two years of his administration. So why are you wasting space?
And if you think I'm just picking on lowly bloggers, let me point out the number of times Obama has read either "the [whatever bad] we inherited" or "the last eight years" off his teleprompter. I found four references in his joint address alone.
Here's the point: My last serious comment about Bill Clinton upon his leaving office was on the day he left (as far as I found). And other than the occasional head jokes (which are still in giddily bad taste). I've kind of just walked away until he made news. Because there's little point in harping on the past. The point is to focus on the future.
And if you're in the driver's seat (and the Democrats are), then you push your agenda, you don't whine about what happened last year and go after everybody while ignoring the economy.
One thing I did learn from Clinton, or more specifically, James Carville: It's the economy, stupid! Bush and McCain knew it. And Obama knows it. Which means he either wants to hide his agenda because he knows it won't do a damn thing for the economy, or he's pushing clueless and is just trying to make it long enough for the economy to come back.
In fact, I remember asking liberals how the Bullshit! package would stimulate the economy. And I never got a damned answer. So, if you're getting ready to rip Bush some more in the comments, answer my question first!