Remember when blaming George W. Bush for the probléme du jour seemed fantastique? Well, every winning rhetorical device eventually passes its sell-by date. For evidence, consider this morning's San Jose Mercury News editorial, "Conspiracy theories blur Libya issues":
In other words, intelligence agencies didn't want to jump to conclusions without all the relevant information. McCain, Graham and others ought to applaud that approach. Had the Bush administration been more responsible with regard to rumors of weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq War might never have happened.
You only thought you saw Obama administration officials caught redhanded in a pre-election coverup of the 9/11/12 assassination of a US ambassador and three others at the hands of Al-Qaeda terrorists. Actually, according to the president's Mercury News apologists, Obama's intelligence agencies were setting a laudable new performance standard: taking their time, sifting all the facts, avoiding the prior administration's practice of spreading malicious "rumors."
So Benghazigate is actually George W. Bush's fault--intelligence analysts having to be extra careful as a result of the Republican's pre-Iraq war intelligence bungling. Wait for future reports to inform us that the the jailing of an Egyptian-American for producing an obscure YouTube video was somehow required by Bush's Patriot Act, not Obama's razor thin polling margin over Mitt Romney.
Whatever they try to blame Bush for next--taxmageddon, the fiscal cliff, seasonal rhinitis--is beside the point: Bush-bashing is over as a political stratagem...unless Jeb runs for president.