Exhibit A: the wingnuts blame Sanford's lunacy on...big government.
At the news conference, the governor rationalized his unfaithfulness to Mrs. Sanford by saying that he needed to get out of "the bubble."...The real bubble is a consequence of big government. The more the citizenry expect from the state, the more our political class will depend on ever more swollen Gulf Emir-size retinues of staffers hovering at the elbow to steer you from one corner of the fishbowl to another 24/7. "Why are politicians so weird?" a reader asked me after the Sanford news conference. But the majority of people willing to live like this will be, almost by definition, deeply weird. So big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.
Exhibits B and C: Rush blames it all on Obama, even though the Sanford affair began long before Obama was even elected.
"This is almost like, 'I don't give a damn, the country's going to Hell in a handbasket, I just want out of here,'" said Limbaugh. "He had just tried to fight the stimulus money coming to South Carolina. He didn't want any part of it. He lost the battle. He said, 'What the Hell. I mean, I'm -- the federal government's taking over -- what the Hell, I want to enjoy life.'"
"'Rush, are you kidding, this theory of yours about Sanford?' No, I'm not. My first thought was he said: 'To hell with this. The Democrats are destroying the country. We can't do anything to stop it. I gave everything I had to stop it here in South Carolina. My wife's left me, the hell with it. I'm going to enjoy life what little time I've got left.' Folks, there are a lot of people that are looking at life, they're saying screw it. They're saying screw it. Before Obama takes away all their money, before Obama takes away their house or the economy takes away their house, there are people who are simply saying the hell with this. They've tuned out. I'm just going to try to enjoy it as much as I can."
This is something we've seen off and on for the last several years. When GOP scumbags get caught doing something despicable, irresponsible or just plain stupid, their first reaction is to blame their own crimes and follies on Democrats.
It's as though Obama was not elected president -- he was elected to be like an eighteenth-century whipping-boy to accept punishment for some Hanoverian prince whose royal bottom was exempt from paddling for his juvenile crimes. A Republican steals money? Spank Obama. A Republican cheats on his wife? Spank Obama.
This is the kind of infantile crap I expect from my eight-year-old daughters, not from a political party which recently proclaimed itself the permanent ruling majority for the greatest nation on earth.
The real genius here is that the Republicans clearly intend this to be open-ended. Read the end of the second Limbaugh statement: this scumbag is openly asserting that any crazy thing the Republicans get caught doing in the future, is all Obama's fault.
OMG, Obama is a terrible president and we all hate him, so any heinous violation which we commit in the future is all Obama's doing, because the horror of seeing this uppity Negro in the White House has so completely deprived us of our senses that we have carte blanche to commit any atrocity and blame it on him. It's "not guilty by reason of insanity" -- being out of power makes us Republicans craaaazy! Give us our power back, or our crimes and follies will never stop! Elect us or we'll screw all your wimminfolk until they can't walk straight!
So the logic seems to be that those pesky voters who had the gall to elect Obama president committed a crime so awful that it justifies any crime which his enemies commit subsequently.
This, I'm sure, was exactly the logic that was bouncing through the addled brain of the loon who murdered Dr. Tiller.