THE BLOG
06/10/2010 01:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Attack Ad blames Obama for BP Oil Spill.


It's his fault.

"This ad treats a serious tragedy like a football game or chess match, with points to be won merely by staying on the offense."

BP and friends (including Dick Cheney's colleagues at Halliburton) may have caused the leak. Pressure from the Republicans may have enabled coast-to-coast offshore drilling. But...it's President Obama's fault--because, after all, the president in a democracy has absolute power, right?

Only Republicans would spend money putting together an attack ad that uses repeated footage of their favorite sport, and their own last President W's greatest lack-of-response failure (Hurricane Katrina) against their enemy. It takes a special kind of gall, and it's quite effective--as effective as ex-Governor Sarah Palin's blaming environmentalists for the BP Oil Spill.

Fact is, President Obama and the US could plug all such holes--by banning offshore drilling again. But that's something Republicans wouldn't even consider. In fact, even now, they're pushing for more drilling.

Hypocrisy, anyone? This ad treats this serious tragedy like a football game or chess match, with points to be won merely by staying on the offense.

Fact is, it wouldn't be plugged for some time even if President Obama and the US did take control. Why? Because no one knows what they're doing. It's all a vast, dangerous, irresponsible experiment, as Philippe Cousteau said to Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher.