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"this is now your oil spill. It's on your watch"

Liberals are waking up to the ineptitude of this administration:

H/T to The Radio Equalizer who provide these excerpts:

SCHULTZ (4:52): Our government's not doing enough. We have how many millions of Americans that are unemployed? Would it make sense to, maybe, offer a job to people who want to go down to the Gulf and get accommodations and get meals and just help with the cleanup? Could BP write that check? Is there anything we can do to save our beaches? Is there anything we can do to keep the oil offshore?

SCHULTZ (5:57): Mr. President, I'm a huge fan, but this is now your oil spill. It's on your watch. We need to come up with some kind of huge plan on what we're going to do, because we've spent thirty days waiting for BP, waiting for Transocean, who've done a great job of just washing their hands of all of this.

Let me just say this, Washington: It's time to get it on. It's time to get real serious about this.

The press is finally starting to wake up as well as these series of Drudge links attest:


We will rue the day this President was elected.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Think about it, does ANYONE... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Think about it, does ANYONE work in this administration?

No Golf for Oil!!!!... (Below threshold)

No Golf for Oil!!!!

Of course Schultz is dead w... (Below threshold)

Of course Schultz is dead wrong about BP -- they lost 11 men on that oil rig and have already spent hundreds of millions to try to stop the oil flow.

But he is right about the fecklessness of the Obama administration and the Federal government. Despite having been given primacy in oil spill disasters twenty years ago, they have no plan to deal with an offshore spill of this magnitude (although they have issued permits for this kind of drilling for years) and exhibited complete unpreparedness and ineptitude as first responders when the accident occurred.

The only good thing to come out of this is that there is now good reason to seriously doubt the necessity of "more government" in dealing with environmental disasters, given the overwhelmingly poor performance of the government during the BP spill.

"We will rue the day this P... (Below threshold)

"We will rue the day this President was elected."

No, many that either didn't vote for him or sat at home already did. We regarded him as a totally incompetent leach who rose far above his pay grade.

That Ed and the MSM knee pad brigades are starting to 'see the light' really isn't surprising. It was going to happen eventually when it was noticed that the (P)resident is all hat and no cattle, no answers or actions to serious problems confronting the country RIGHT NOW, not something he could examine for several months and then come up with a position he thought would please his base.

Yes, just wait, it will be noticed by everyone in the world soon enough, if not already...

".. no answers or actions t... (Below threshold)

".. no answers or actions to serious problems confronting the country RIGHT NOW, not something he could examine for several months and then come up with a position he thought would please his base."

Of course he has an answer: "It's Bush's fault!"

He had developed finger-pointing to a fine art, which the MSM has done it's duty and has covered it up. Of course, when media-types' expensive beach homes are affected by the oil spill, will this cover-up policy still be in effect?

"We will rue the day this P... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"We will rue the day this President was elected."

What do you mean WILL?? We already DO.

I wonder if the MSM is lini... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I wonder if the MSM is lining up to back Hillary in 2012.

The MSM is backing barry be... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The MSM is backing barry because they are waiting or their bailout and the suppression of alternative media such as talk radio and the internet.

Barry is simply acting like all dictators do: Blame someone else, deflect responsibility, do nothing until a crisis enable an opportunity to seize more power. We are just starting to see the calls for increased regulation and taxes.

From AP:"Respondin... (Below threshold)

From AP:

"Responding to the massive BP oil spill, Congress is getting ready to quadruple--to 32 cents a barrel--a tax on oil used to help finance cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade."

And there's the liberal solution to everything. Raise taxes.

In the meantime, isn't there an Obama Czar capable of dealing with this mess?

Schultz (as do many other p... (Below threshold)

Schultz (as do many other people) recognize this is a reasonable example of a crisis. If Obama is choosing to keep his distance from this particular crisis (unlike healthcare which needed to be done yesterday) then I assume someone has decided that despite all the short term criticism, in the long run they feel this lack of action is more beneficial politically than doing something or owning as they say. I presume Obama feels the chance of failure is so high in this particular crisis that the alternative to demonize BP and by extension the oil industry will work better for him. Or he could have asked Axelrod "hey Dave, remind me again, 2008 election, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, red or blue on the electoral map.? Red? Hahahahahaha...."

Any liberal Democrat that t... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Any liberal Democrat that thinks they will be re-elected in a Gulf state, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida, have Obamalala to thank for their pink slips. This whole disaster can be traced back to the liberals and their wacko environmental policies. Chasing exploration and production so far offshore made this disaster inevitable. And, if anyone thinks we can "keep the boot" on China or any other country that is drilling near our coast better wake up.

Yes Obama has done nothing.... (Below threshold)

Yes Obama has done nothing. Maybe that is better than getting involved in something they have no expertise on.

Ed Schultz - What an idiot. What are millions of people going to do? Form a human shield?

BP sitting on their hands? They have thousands of people working on solutions and trying fixes. BP has the most to lose from this, they are working the hardest to fix it.

The leak highlights the ine... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The leak highlights the ineptitude of government. They can't solve it, and I don't expect them to. Neither could they have prevented it any more than they could have prevented the last mining accident or any more than they will prevent the next one. I only ask that they stop demonizing the oil company. Just shut up and stay out of the way while BP cleans it up. Does anyone (besides Lee Ward) believe that BP or the mining industry want these kinds of accidents?

If the government wants to do something constructive, they can encourage exploiting our vast shale oil reserves. This kind of drilling has little environmental impact or risk.

Estimated U.S. oil shale reserves total an astonishing 1.5 trillion barrels of oil - or more than five times the stated reserves of Saudi Arabia.

What do you mean WILL, I al... (Below threshold)

What do you mean WILL, I already rue the day he was elected

As I posted to the earlier ... (Below threshold)

As I posted to the earlier "Amendment 10A":

Well, the "P" in US EPA is supposed to be "Protection" but, if you want to see for yourself what EPA is officially saying they're doing, go here:


Looks like the "protection" amounts to one plane (the "ASPECT") taking pictures, a few buses sampling air quality at a few points, and some coastal water sampling.

Imagine the media actions if, during Katrina, the FEMA had limited itself to taking pictures, measuring wind speed, ....

Barry isn't taking over, he... (Below threshold)

Barry isn't taking over, he'd have to assume RESPONSIBILITY. MUCH SAFER to just stand off to the side, make threats and snarky comments.

Now the MFM is beginning to see that that, in itself is BULLSHIT. I'm really surprised that Shultz, of all people is so bluntly calling him on it. Shultz has done nothing but give Barry verbal blow jobs every day, for accomplishing nothing more than putting the left shoe on the left foot, and the right shoe on the right foot.

Mr. President, when you've ... (Below threshold)

Mr. President, when you've lost Walter Cronkite, you've lost the nation.

Mr. President, when you've lost Ed Shultz, you've lost the nation.

History has a way of repeating itself.

We will rue the day this... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

We will rue the day this President was elected

Sorry, but if you don't already rue the day this moronic neo-Marxist was elected then you're either stupid or crazy or both.

Think about it, does ANY... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Think about it, does ANYONE work in this administration?

Define "work." If you mean "working" in campaign mode or bloviating, then yes. If you mean actually "working", then no.

does ANYONE wor... (Below threshold)
does ANYONE work in this administration?
About half.

....what, you expected it to be funny?

He's got a tough rue to hoe... (Below threshold)

He's got a tough rue to hoe.

We will rue the day this... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

We will rue the day this President was elected

I'm way ahead of you. I rue the day this candidate was nominated.

Who is this Ed Schultz and ... (Below threshold)

Who is this Ed Schultz and what channel is he on?

Baracky E. Coyote, Supergen... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Baracky E. Coyote, Supergenius:

"As critics question whether the White House is being tough enough with BP, Obama is reportedly showing his frustration behind closed doors. The Washington Post reported:

Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command.

But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama's clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.

"Plug the damn hole," Obama told them. "

(-via The Hill.com)

Plug the hole? Gawsh, what a bright idea! Thanks for that bit of supergenius wisdom, Brocko.

This is exactly the sort of... (Below threshold)

This is exactly the sort of probelm that big govt is good at ... isnt it?

As a side note, to all of those libs who were saying that city parks and water projects were good examples of socialism at work - this is a pretty good example too.

We will rue the day this... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

We will rue the day this President was elected.

Whaddaya mean WILL rue?

CZ - "Who is this Ed Sc... (Below threshold)

CZ - "Who is this Ed Schultz and what channel is he on?"

Didn't he pen the Peanuts comic strip?

No, I guess note.

But... this Schultz has played MSGT Schultz - "I know nothing! Nothing!" Nothing!" - for the last 17 months at least he's waking up on this subject.

Hell one episode of Hogan's Heroes is titled "At Last: Schultz Knows Something".

So it all fits doesn't it?






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