Is it any wonder that the fruit loops in Tea Party (whatever that is) can manage to gain traction? We live in a world where no one - NO ONE - seems to want to accept any responsibility for anything.
Over the weekend there was great hand-wringing - from both the left and the right - that conservative Republican Senator Bob Bennett from Utah was not selected by his party to run for re-election. The pundits and commentators said: "It's not fair. He was run out of town because he voted for the bailout and let's face it - we had no choice but to bail out the world financial system."
One commentator, actually, got it right. Conservative Bill Kristol, who I ordinarily think is a bit of a dick-weed, made the spot-on observation that people are not mad at the Bob Bennetts of the world because they voted for TARP. People are mad because he, along with his fellow members of Congress, presided over a system that allowed the whole financial mess to happen in the first place.
So here we are today and what's new?
Well, we have the spectacle of the CEOs of BP, Transocean and Halliburton - the three stooges of the Gulf oil disaster - basically saying "Don't blame me. It's his fault."
And to whom are they saying it? Some of the same members of Congress (um, I'm talking to you, Senator Murkowski) who no doubt have taken sizable contributions from the oil and gas lobby.
So this dog-and-pony show of overpaid CEOs saying "Not me!" to members of Congress who will step over a dead body to grab the next campaign contribution really starts to look, well, unseemly to ordinary Americans. Hence,the Tea Party.
But wait! You and I are not innocent babes, being tossed about by the titans of politics and industry. We elected these people and we're the ones who sat and cheered while our house values went up 30 percent per year during the housing bubble. I'm not saying that we could (or would or should) have done anything about it while it was happening, but we live in the democracy we vote for.
Ask someone what they think of Congress, and they'll say (Tea Party-like): "Vote the bums out! Except my guy. He brings home the bacon. Don't blame him!"
From Goldman Sachs, to AIG to Greece to GM to Chrysler to Fannie Mae to Congress: no one is to blame for anything.
If no one is to blame, then everyone is.