Obama’s Katrina, the Right’s Shamelessness
No matter what President Obama says tonight in his speech on the oil spill, we can be sure that right-wing pundits will blast it for being the wrong thing at the wrong time—even though from the moment the spill occurred, those same pundits criticized him for not saying, doing, or emoting enough. Deep Horizon was Obama’s Katrina, they joyfully proclaimed. To now complain that Obama is over-reacting to the spill by demonizing BP and imposing a moratorium on deep-water drilling is the height of hypocrisy. What did Obama’s critics expect him to do under relentless pressure from the right? If the conservative punditocracy really believes that we need to preserve our prerogatives to drill and not over regulate the oil business, they should have applauded the administration’s initial low-key response, not jump at the opportunity to paint Obama as insufficiently engaged.
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