03/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rep. Jeff Flake Sizes Up GOP Future With A 'Blame It On Bush' Lament

Republicans get all emo and aggrieved whenever they hear President Barack Obama publicly discuss the set of circumstances he inherited from his predecessor, a refrain he returned to during his State of The Union address on Wednesday night:

By the time I took office, we had a one year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door.

I'm not sure, then, what to make of this comment from Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), as he recently sized up the obstacles the GOP faces as they contemplate a return to power in 2010:

"In 1994, nobody had any memory of Republicans in power... Now they do, and it wasn't pretty. And so we have something to overcome that we really didn't in 1994."

How long before Flake gets the "blame it on Bush" snark-out from his fellow Arizonan, John McCain, last seen on camera coining the "blame it on Bush" refrain at the State of the Union?


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