Here’s the latest example of Senate Republicans’ twisted logic: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) claimed today that the Obama Administration’s policy of engagement was responsible for last Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, ““[S]oft talk about engagement, closing Gitmo, these things are not going to appease the terrorists…They’re going to keep coming after us, and we can’t have politics as usual in Washington, and I’m afraid that’s what we’ve got right now with airport security.”
What DeMint failed to mention is that he’s the one who’s been putting politics above our nation’s airline safety. According to Politico.com, DeMint himself placed a “hold” on the Senate confirmation of Errol Southers, Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). His reason? Southers won’t commit to blocking future TSA unionization. As DeMint’s spokesman Wes Denton put it, the TSA is “better off headless than with ‘big labor’ running the nation’s airports.” Try telling that to the passengers of Northwest Flight 253.
So, there we have it. Once again, neo-conservative ideological purity (union-busting, in this case) trumps airline safety and national security. Yet somehow, it’s Obama and his fellow Democrats who get blamed for being weak, ineffective “appeasers.”
This is just the latest in a long line of attempts by the Republican Party to willfully deceive the American people on a wide range of issues. And the most arrogant and offensive aspect of the GOP’s cynical strategy is their assumption that we’re dumb enough to believe them.