Fastest out of the gate, was former White House advisor, Obama pal and confidant, Chicago based political consultant and NBC "Senior Political Analyst" David Axelrod, who jumped straight away to an unsupportable conclusion -- a tax protest. He said that is what the President was thinking. Axelrod's statement is most instructive for what it reveals about the progressive and presumptive presidential mindset -- taxpayers are the enemy. Most of us are taxpayers David -- it's nice to learn of President Obama's regard.
Then comes Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic Whip who seems to care not a whit anymore about objective reality. In reference to the sequester Hoyer said the Boston bombings are “proof that those automatic spending changes negatively impacted the intelligence community.” What Hoyer didn't say is that he is unhinged because the sequester is hitting hardest high-income residents of the DC suburbs, including his Maryland constituents. Fine job Steny, working to parlay the continuation of your constituents' gravy train off loss of life and dismemberment of innocents.
Then Barney Frank opened his pie hole, claiming that the sequester hamstrung the government's ability to anticipate and respond to the Boston bombing. Frank called it a “teaching moment.”
“And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a crisis like this. You’re asking me am I trying to make an argument to affect how people make decisions about public policy? Absolutely, I think this is an important teaching moment about what we need if we’re going to live the way we want to live.”When Hoyer and Frank went for the political kill, skimming Steny and bizarre Barney did not know that a fully funded FBI had interviewed and investigated the ring leading Tsarnaev and moved on. Operating prior to the sequester and without constraint the FBI concluded Tamerlan Tsarnaev did not pose an actionable threat. So much for the despicable money grab.
Still, the winner is the man who has made a career out of channeling the President of the United States. Congratulations David Axelrod for your Pogo moment. We have met the enemy and it is us.