Sunday, May 1, 2011
President Obama Took Out Osama Bin Laden: How will the Tea Party GOP Spin This Historic Event?
Osama bin Laden is dead. Dude was hiding in plain sight the whole time. Talk about playing the counter-intelligence game tight.
The saying used to be that politics stopped at the Atlantic and the Pacific. Since the election of President Obama the Republicans have thrown that rule out of the window. In this moment, I wonder if the Republican Tea Party GOP will revert to that old rubric as we work through just how the CIA, Delta Force, and Seal Team Six operators pulled this mission off.
Smart money says that the Right-wing will further embarrass themselves as they deny the President (and all of us) a collective rally around the flag moment.
Some scenarios and in progress thoughts on what the Tea Party GOP will do in the aftermath of Bin Laden's death.
1. The Tea Party GOP will say that it was actually Bush that set the wheels in motion to get Osama bin Laden--that Osama was killed under Obama's watch is just a coincidence.
2. The Right will suggest that Osama bin Laden was actually a figurehead at this point and his death means nothing.
3. Osama's death is a vindication of George Bush's misadventures in the Middle East. History will remember him well.
What other scenarios can you imagine? Will the Republicans deny America's first Black President this symbolic high point? Or will the Right and Conservatives act with some class and dignity in this moment?