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.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

11 Responses to David Plouffe’s “Same Old War Horses”

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @DanaHoule Oh, I bet FBI.
8mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Shorter all the Republicans who saw Denny enable Mark Foley: Golly! We never had any idea Hastert would molest his wrestling team members.
17mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Kevyn Orr is prolly already doing the math on how much Jones Day can make. http://t.co/y47G6TQ6H3
18mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Boy, for Feds who apparently agreed w/Hastert's lawyer not to reveal he was abusing a student, they sure are chatty.
20mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Who knew the Pats were just collecting air out of previously-inflated footballs so they could fly their drone on it?
24mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @AdamSerwer I'm as we speak missing my 25 year. And I'm not cool. Don't be like me.
29mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @michaelbkiefer: DOJ asks to copy alleged CIA data from bogus MCSO investigation into the federal judge considering contempt charges aga…
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz So, looked up a few minutes ago at office TV, and there was a very dapper looking @imraansiddiqi on @CNN. Now he is on local news feed too!
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Amazing that conservative 2nd Amendment types not up in arms over this....so to speak https://t.co/4zAGEVoLnm
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Richard Burr's surveillance bill would also redefine "terrorist" in a really dangerous way: dissidents w/guns. https://t.co/YVdKHbk917
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @IronCurtaiNYC Nuh uh. In Ireland it's "Fuddie," and besides they have college gridiron once a year now.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
July 2011
S M T W T F S
« Jun   Aug »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31