Politics: Blame Them For Doing Right, Too

I loves me some politics, as readers here well know. But there are occasionally times when the rush to declare someone a “hypocrite” overtakes rational behavior. I am not exception in this.

Take for example the latest TPM post, pointing out that a lot of state governors have accepted federal moneys that they patently decried in the campaign season. This is certainly hypocritical, that is true:

Republican Governors Quietly Accept Federal Dollars — While Attacking Federal Spending | TPMDC.

But then again, if we’re going to attack people for doing things we disagree with, shouldn’t we also praise them for doing things we agree with? Even if, as in this case, its a direct contradiction to their stated beliefs?

At the end of a day, a governor who is serious about governing has to realize that getting through the Great Recession without federal help will be neigh-on impossible. If they take that money, its the responsible thing to do. We can get into the argument about how to pay for it later.