As far as I’m concerned Hurricane Gustav was a gift to the Republicans. Now they don’t have to go through prime time speeches by George Bush and Dick Cheney in St. Paul. They can actually pretend that they have no connection to the last 8 years of incompetence.As conservative author Andrew Ferguson pointed out this morning, the Republican platform is presented that way.
The premise of most party platforms is that while this is the greatest country the world has ever seen whose most wonderful days lie just ahead, it’s headed straight for hell. Our only chance, therefore, is if you read these 50 boring pages and do exactly as we say.
Blame is easy to apportion: If your party holds the White House but not Congress, you blame Congress for the country’s precarious position. If you hold Congress you blame the White House.
But what if, for most of the previous eight years, you’ve held both the White House and Congress, and things are still a mess?
The draft platform’s answer is ingenious: Blame Republicans, too, just the way everybody else does.