"I think the tools that President Bush put into place--GITMO, rendition, enhanced interrogation, the vast effort to collect and collate this information--obviously served his successor quite well."Karl Rove, Fox and Friends May 2, 2011.
Just in case you missed it: The competence evidenced by the Democratic Obama administration, which succeeded where his Republican predecessor had failed, is actually a mistaken perception.
What Mr. Rove and the Republicans want to point out is that the success of this mission depended on torture, and Abu Gharib, and GITMO and all those things you thought you didn't like about the great Republican rendition machine.
Republicans must be forgiven for being unable to see government's successes, because whenever they are in charge, there are no successes to be seen.
But when a clear government success occurs they will either try to destroy it (as in Medicare) or they will claim it as their own, as in killing Osama Bin Laden.
Actually, Karl Rove is not the only frothing right winger trying to spin Obama's victory into a Republican success. Overheard in a North Hampton parking lot, this conversation:
"Oh, Osama's been dead for years."
"Yes, they're just releasing it now because Obama's so low in the polls."
"You don't say?"
"Yes, my daughter's in the Navy. She says they've been saying that for years. Everyone knows it."
"Well, I didn't know that."
I wanted so badly to ask that lady, the mother of the Navy daughter, if the space aliens from Roswell had captured Osama Bin Laden and handed him over to their fellow space alien, President Obama.
I wonder if "They" didn't believe in Navy SEALS, or in the valor and discipline of the people who actually flew in on those helicopters.
I wonder if George W. Bush flew along with them, with a Mission Accomplished banner to hang in that compound, to claim credit where credit was due? Maybe Karl Rove was with him. And the lady's Navy daughter.
Or maybe, it was just those space aliens at it again.