Jay Carney: It’s absurd for the GOP to politicize these scandals that my side would surely politicize under a Republican president

posted at 7:21 pm on April 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Skip to 4:39 below for a little Friday evening fake outrage, White House style. The gist:

Asked by CBS News’ Bill Plante whether, considering also the General Services Administration investigation, there’s been a “breakdown” in the White House’s oversight of federal agencies — as Palin, Sen. Jeff Sessions, and others have suggested — Carney replied, “Any assertion by those politicians that you mentioned should be valued by the cost that you paid for it. It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service, to politicize the behavior of the terrible conduct of some soldiers in Afghanistan, in a war that has been going on for ten years.”…

“I think on the face of it is a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work the Secret Service does, the apolitical nature of the institution, and the seriousness of the investigation underway with regard to the Secret Service and the military and the incident in Colombia,” Carney said.

What do you think? Do you think the left and its media allies might weave a narrative or two if, under President Romney, in the span of a few weeks (a) a Secret Service advance team embarrassed the country by hiring hookers (three more agents resigned today), (b) the head of GSA had to resign due to obscenely lavish spending on a conference, and (c) photos of U.S. troops posing with jihadis corpses in Afghanistan surfaced? The “administration in chaos” headlines would fly, er, fast and furious instead of sporadic items like this that acknowledge Obama’s political problems from the scandals while spinning on his behalf. You don’t even need to bother with GSA and the Secret Service for this thought experiment, in fact. Imagine if Romney had doubled down on Afghanistan by sending tens of thousands of extra troops and then, after a few years of drift and Karzai corruption, suddenly we were hit by trophy photos, Koran-burnings, riots, fraggings, and finally an honest to goodness rampage by an American soldier. There’d be a lot of angry rhetoric out there about chickenhawks and empire and the length of deployments and the culture of wingnut warmongering that makes horrors like this possible. You don’t hear much of that now — and we all know why — but we will again just as soon as being anti-war becomes politically advantageous again for Democrats. So, with that in mind, enjoy Carney’s outrageous outrage, which wasn’t even the dumbest thing he said at today’s presser.


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Does Carney the Clown do kid’s parties? He should be pelted by mini-marshmallows!

BHO Jonestown on April 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Jay Carney…lol

cicerone on April 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I can’t watch Carney any more than I can watch Obama. It’s like visiting a used car lot and listening to the stereotypical used car salesman. I can’t believe a thing either of them says.

sadatoni on April 20, 2012 at 9:52 PM

So,um,how will the Left overall try to corrall this Secret Service ordeal,I’m betting,that Obama’s life could of been in danger,and the Lefty MSM,will spin this as a Hopey was VICTIMIZED!!!

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Wonder if he landed under sniper fire like Hillary did.

chewmeister on April 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Does Carney the Clown do kid’s parties? He should be pelted by mini-marshmallows! BHO Jonestown on April 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Clowns are creepy…

Akzed on April 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM

He’s right. This Secret Service scandal probably isn’t even in the top 100 of heinous things that this administration has been involved in.

besser tot als rot on April 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Some SS agents get horny and somehow the President is responsible for that?! Was he intentionally undermining his own safety?! I don’t get!

Salahuddin on April 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Usually, the SS detail responsible for the POTUS is hand picked by him or those closest to him. It was okay to blame Bush for every so called scandal that occurred while he was in office, wasn’t it?

chewmeister on April 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Pictures of the Day: Man-Child Eats Dog

(I just added 15 new pictures. Everyone is having so much fun with this. lol)

Resist We Much on April 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

The real story of the Secret Service story…..

This kinda crap has been happening for years…. but the host country usually squashed the story and our Gubrmint went on it’s merry way…..

The difference now, is just a sign of America’s diminished standing. ahhhhhhh the collapse of an empire…. Way to go Barry.

more popcorn please.

roflmao

donabernathy on April 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

From top to bottom, this current administration just oozes petulance…

Embarrassing.

Common Sense Floridian on April 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

CarneyClown is just absurd!

stukinIL4now on April 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Pictures of the Day: Man-Child Eats Dog

(I just added 15 new pictures. Everyone is having so much fun with this. lol)

Resist We Much on April 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I just caught my breath after 10 minutes of non-stop ROFLMAO. These are awesome, thanx! And I’m sure any lefties who see them are gettin’ their knickers twisted around backwards.

stukinIL4now on April 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM

1 Word; Katrina!

Enough Said.

jaydee_007 on April 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

IIRC the left’s take on Abu Ghraib was that GWB was directly responsible for the misconduct of a group of numbnuts Reservists on the night shift.

It would seem difficult, having made that argument, to now claim that BHO is in no way responsible for the misconduct of people a lot more closely connected.

Difficult, but not impossible. Obviously.

But it just may be that the reason that they would accuse GWB while giving BHO a pass is because they realize that Obama is not competent enough to be responsible.

schmuck281 on April 21, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I can’t watch Carney any more than I can watch Obama. It’s like visiting a used car lot and listening to the stereotypical used car salesman. I can’t believe a thing either of them says.

sadatoni on April 20, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I used to think no one could be more annoying than Gibbs but once again I’ve been proved wrong.

This kinda crap has been happening for years…. but the host country usually squashed the story and our Gubrmint went on it’s merry way…..

The difference now, is just a sign of America’s diminished standing. ahhhhhhh the collapse of an empire…. Way to go Barry.

donabernathy on April 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

As much as I love blaming Obama personally for every degredation of our country in this case his blame is for diminishing the respect/fear/awe others held our nating in. Just like media in this country used to cover for the routine womanizing done by JFK, Johnson, Clinton and probably numerous Senators, etc now the media is lookin for the next big scandal to spill.

IMO to think that these are the first SS who have ever picked up hookers, in a country where it is legal, is naive. maybe they’ve gotten more careless due to poor supervision or low morale but no one can convince me that they’ve been choirboys before this. The 2 guys I knew who became SS had egos the size of the moon when they started serving and I doubt that they’ve become meek & proper in the years since.

katiejane on April 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Every one of these scandels is a diversion with obambi existing above the fray

Criminal
Not only media slant but coverup

audiotom on April 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Carney:

“I personally know 3 Columbian prostitutes, and none of them are a threat to US National security”

BobMbx on April 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Carney:

“I personally know 3 Columbian prostitutes, and none of them are a threat to US National security”

BobMbx on April 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Ok, but isn’t important question-”How many were named Hilary Rosen?”

di butler on April 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

katiejane: Is that what married men do when out on assignment? Pick up hookers?

elm on April 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Carney sounds like Obama without his teleprompter.

CTpatriot on April 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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