On The O’Reilly Factor Friday, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr said he thinks Republicans are overplaying their hand when it comes to criticism of the Obama administration and the Dec. 25 attempt to down a Detroit-bound jetliner:
My main criticism of those who are criticizing the president, such as the former vice president, Mr. Cheney, is that I think it’s simply politics and partisanship and not substantive criticism because when you have the vice president from the prior administration criticizing the current administration, really what they’re criticizing is themselves because the problems that we see — and I think the president has done a good job of laying out the problems that we have — I disagree with him on some of the solutions, but the problems long predate January 20, 2009 when Mr. Obama came in.
Then this morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Liz Cheney about her organization’s new ad titled “100 hours”:
“As many Democrats and others have pointed out, President Bush waited I think six days before doing much about Richard Reid, the shoe bomber,” he noted. Cheney evaded the question entirely, pretending not to hear it. “The point of that ad,” she said, “was this notion that you cannot win a war if you’re treating it as sort of an inconvenient sidelight.”