David Plouffe’s “Same Old War Horses”

Scarecrow, Digby, and Jon Walker rightly took David Plouffe’s promises that a 9% unemployment rate won’t hurt Obama’s reelection chances to task.

But I’m at least as appalled by this part of Plouffe’s statement:

The White House’s top political adviser, downplaying the significance of the unemployment rate in the 2012 election, said the Republican candidates are offering the same policies that caused the economic crisis and targeted one potential opponent — Mitt Romney.

“So all of them are basically just bringing out the same old war horses,” senior adviser David Plouffe said yesterday at a Bloomberg Breakfast in Washington. “Let Wall Street kind of run amok, cut taxes for the wealthy, starve investment in things like education, research and development.”

Let Wall Street run amok. Check.

Cut taxes for the wealthy. Check.

And while Obama hasn’t as obviously starved investment in education and R&D (indeed, the stimulus he doesn’t like to talk about increased investments in both), by insisting on deficit reduction at the same time as states have had (or pretended they had to) cut education and R&D to balance their budgets, he has allowed such cuts to happen on his watch.

It troubles me a bit that David Plouffe doesn’t even see the irony of his statement.  Sure, the Republicans will be running on all those things. But so will, to a large extent, Obama.

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bmaz @onekade Meh, I think you are scribing competence and coverage that is illusory at best. That shit just doesn't get to street cops like that
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bmaz @onekade I would love to have these two cops' lives back, but not sure either Baltimore or NY PD's did anything wrong. Not yet anyway.
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bmaz @onekade ...that is actually pretty good by what I know.
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bmaz @onekade If BPD entered it into traditional databases like NCIC and then went to extra effort to determine he was in NY, call+fax...
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bmaz @onekade The system is not set up to do that on this kind of case, and neither of us want it to be.
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bmaz @onekade Hey, knock yourself out. Whatever. "Major fuckup"? This is simply hysterical bullshit.
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bmaz @onekade There is not one shred of evidence there is a "lie" other than your rank speculation and their timeline looks perfectly credible.
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bmaz @onekade The thought that there is some big fax machine coverup here seems absurd.
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bmaz @onekade Yes, I too can read. I know what they are and find it completely credible. Cops still sometimes use fax machines. They also called.
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bmaz RT @AntDeRosa: Baltimore police released detailed timeline of NYPD shooter. http://t.co/0cK8I9xjgn http://t.co/IF3UmyENFX
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bmaz @onekade No, I am not a cop. But I deal with them a lot and find this completely believable. Almost predictable.
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bmaz @TyreJim @emptywheel @onekade It is not my choice, but a lot of records interactions are still done that way. PPD finally getting better.
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