Here's the official white house talking point on calls for accountability:
MR. McCLELLAN: What you're doing is trying to engage in a game of finger-pointing and blame-gaming. What we're trying to do is solve problems. (Press briefing 9/7/05)
This is an administration that has been steadfast in its refusal to be held accountable. They now consider accountability to be a game, a blame game of finger pointing. They reduce the necessary burden of accountability, the infamous "buck stops here" nature of leadership, to a child's game of "nyah, nyah, nyah". It's a weak response and one we can't allow.
If the administration is right and the failure in New Orleans is the fault of the local and state government and the citizens who didn't evacuate, then they should embrace the opportunity to determine accountability. That they don't tells us all we need to know.
Just a note that in today's press briefing, McClellan used a variation of the phrase "blame game" and the and "finger-pointing" sixteen times each.In yesterday's press briefing, he referenced "blame game" six times.The day before, he didn't use it once. Let's make sure this talking point doesnt' grow legs.