Shameless gall and scapegoating, too

April 30, 2012

I was surprised to read today that EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz has resigned.  I thought his fit of candor about how the agency ruthlessly goes after polluters would not be fatal since the leadership of the Obama administration is largely anti-growth, anti-development and anti-oil and gas.

I assumed that the administration couldn’t force him out for fear it would face a rebellion by its anti-everything constituency. I feel bad for Mr. Armendariz.  Having him walk the plank doesn’t hide the truth — it will come out anyway. 

This morning, I wrote about shameless gall and how easily the administration takes credit and spreads blame. With Mr. Armendariz’s resignation, you can add brutal scapegoating to the 2012 Obama campaign characteristics. Again, the Republicans are on notice. 

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.
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