Friday, March 27, 2009

From the Dept. of Inadvisable PR Stunts

Kathy Carpenter, bless her heart, has a strong rebuttal to the Obama Administration's budget: the first 30 seconds of a press conference in which the GOP presented their own budget yesterday. Quoth her: "An alternative to massive increases in government spending, massive tax increases and a massive extension of government power has been proposed."


Except the rest of the press conference did not go so well. From the propaganda wing of the vast socialist conspiracy, The Economist:
Republican leaders called a hasty press conference to propose their "blueprint" for an alternative budget. They promoted it with leaks to Politico, telling the paper that "we need to hold something up and say, 'Here are our charts. Here are our graphs. It's real.'" The press showed up, expecting details, and got almost nothing. John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House, fended them off feebly: "Are you going to have any further details on this today?" "What about some numbers? What about the out-year deficit? What about balancing the budget? How are you going to do it?"

By the end of the day Republicans were turning on each other, passing blame for botching up a policy rollout. The White House is gloating about a development that has distracted people, temporarily, from the problems with Mr Obama's budget.


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