Of course it didn’t take any time at all for Republicans and their allies on talk radio and Fox News to begin to find innovative ways to lay blame for the tragic shooting down of Malaysia MH-17 at the feet of the President.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the President’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine, “cowardly” saying that rather than relying on sanctions he should have been fueling the fire by arming Ukraine against Russian separatists who are receiving support from Vladimir Putin.
On MSNBC McCain said:
“The United States has been insulting in how small and how little help we have given. I mean they have been begging us for defensive weaponry; we have not given it to them. The sanctions so far in exchange for Crimea have been minuscule. These latest enacted by the Obama administration I think are helpful but if you ask the Ukrainian government that’s struggling, they said they need weapons in which to defend themselves.”
Here’s the video:
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus criticized the President’s leadership in a tweet saying, “With all that is going on, the last thing the president should be doing is fundraising right now. Now is a time for leadership.”
With all that is going on, the last thing the President should be doing is fundraising right now. Now is a time for leadership.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 17, 2014
Of course, at the time that Priebus posted that tweet there was very little information available and like the rest of the right wing noise machine he was ignoring the fact that the President is never “off the clock” with all of the necessary information and communications he might need at his immediate disposal at all times everywhere he goes.
The President had in fact spoken to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte from Air Force One en route to New York and was receiving updated information as it came in. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) took to Twitter to complain that it was the President’s failure to impose sanctions that had so emboldened the Russians as to invite an attack such as this, while conservative columnist Todd Starnes was tweeting that it was the imposition of new sanctions on Wednesday that had caused the plane to be shot down.
Yesterday Obama announces new sanctions against Russia. Today, jetliner crashes in Ukraine.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 17, 2014
The noise machine had to get in its licks as well, and one of the first was of course Rush Limbaugh who suggested that it was taking attention away from the border while claiming that he was not “suggesting anything other than how the media operates.”
“A Malaysian Airliner, it was on its way to Kuala Lumpur,” he said immediately after insisting he was suggesting nothing, “why would it be shot down? Over Ukraine, it was shot down by a missile, this would lead one to believe that it is not an accident.”
None of this comes as any great surprise since no matter what goes wrong we can always count on The Right to tell us that it is the President’s fault. It is never a matter of will they do it — it is only a matter of how quickly will they do it.
This time conservatives were blaming Obama before the fires of the wreckage were out or it was even certain that the plane had been brought down by a missile at all.