Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
I told you it was going to get fun.
Here's John McCain, slamming George W. Bush and the Republican Congress in the Washington Times today:
"We just let things get completely out of hand," he said of his own party's rule in the past eight years...
"Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government, larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America, owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously..."
"I think, frankly, the problem was, with a Republican Congress, that the president was told by the speaker and majority leaders and others, 'Don't veto these bills, we need this pork, we need this excess spending, we need to grow these bureaucracies.'"
And, naturally enough, Republicans are slapping back. Anonymously, of course. "One of the most senior Republican strategists in the land" tells Politico:
"Lashing out at past Republican congresses instead of Pelosi and Reid, and echoing your opponent's attacks on you instead of attacking your opponent, and spending 150,000 hard dollars on designer clothes when congressional Republicans are struggling for money, and when your senior campaign staff are blaming each other... 10 days before the election, you're not doing much to energize your supporters."
Let the finger-pointing, name-calling, and back-stabbing begin.