WASHINGTON (CNN) – A day after former President George W. Bush seemed to criticize the Obama administration for departing from a number of his anti-terrorism policies, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back.
Asked about Bush's remarks during Thursday's press briefing Gibbs had a simple response. "We won," Gibbs told reporters.
They're not even trying to hide their contempt any more, are they? I mean, I thought the Clinton administration was arrogant, but these jackasses are making the Clintons look like the very model of restraint. Sure, they "won" - with the help of a compliant media, they managed to eke out a 7% popular vote lead over some doddering old fool hated by his own party.
Mandate thou hast not.
Ronald Reagan completely and utterly demolished Walter Mondale in 1984. Mondale carried one state, his home state of Minnesota. Reagan won California, New York, and Massachusetts. As a Republican. He beat Mondale by more than 18% in the popular vote. And yet we saw nowhere near this level of arrogance from Ronnie. If anyone deserved to throw down the "We won" card, it was Reagan.
But then again, Reagan had class. 0bama has his 7%.
IMHO, this is a strategy fraught with peril - what are they going to do if the Democrats lose seats in 2010? They're setting themselves up so that they absolutely *have* to gain seats next year - any backsliding at all is going to result in "we won" being tossed right back at them. Of course, that would require some consistency in the media, and there's a greater likelihood of me sprouting wings and flying to Pluto than that happening. Remind me of the last time you heard 0bama referred to as a chickenhawk, frex...
"We won". Remember, Caesar; thou art mortal.
That is all.