Uh, well, yeah, true: then-Senator Barack Obama did vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2006. But, you see, that was, well, very different. Because there were, um, "big differences"—that's it!
Such was the way NBC senior political editor Mark Murray sought to cover for President Obama today while discussing the impending debt ceiling vote on MSNBC's News Nation with host Tamron Hall. So just what were these "big differences," you might ask? Well, explained Murray, "in 2006 there wasn't this kind of big protracted battle over the debt ceiling at all. It wasn't a big issue . . . it wasn't something you'd been reporting on for weeks and months." View the video after the jump.
Really, if it is so irresponsible for Republicans to vote for America to be a "deadbeat nation" today, as President Obama said in his press conference today and as echoed in the MSM, why wouldn't the same have been true in 2006? Why wasn't the MSM "reporting on it for weeks and months" then, as they are now? Gee, you don't think it could have anything to do with the fact that that the president at the time was George W. Bush, and the people fighting the increase were Democrats?