To reduce the pursuit of accountabilityto talking point rhetoric is more about CYA than it is correcting systemic breakdowns. Doesn't matter which party occupies the big house, this issue is at the core of what government is.
When people do not want to play the blame game, they're to blame. John Stewart, The Daily Show
I don't know if Rove or Mehlman decided everyone in the administration would adopt "blame game" as the pat response, but it's clear everyone's on the same page, which exposes how political the response is.
On it's face, however, there could be nothing more offensive than to call the pursuit of accountability the blame game.
This is no game.
Oh, wait, there is something more offensive...watching thousands of the most vulnerable of American citizens dying of starvation and dehydration, particularly the elderly, the impoverished, and the children, while the administration holds press conferences turned mutual admiration society meetings.
Yep, that's more offensive.
I'm not playing the game.
I'm saying it.
All levels of government failed. And if the other party was in office, I'd say it just as strong. Government forgot it's prime directive.
Why can't that just be said?
For God's sake. Please
Drop the rhetoric and speak truth. There is no loss of honor to admit mistakes and failures. In the church, we call that the prayer of confession. To not own failure is to dishonor those who died because of it - and it makes the ones who scapegoat (there's an ancient biblical concept if ever there was one) others look more than petty.
Maybe in this instance, we need some age old wisdom from another American President.
Give 'em hell, Harry.
The buck stops here. President Harry S. Truman