Right Wing: Who's to Blame for the Oil Spill? Environmentalists and Obama.

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NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard leads a piece with Paul Krugman's tongue-in-cheek headline for his Conscience of a Liberal blog titled "The Oil Spill Is Obama’s Fault" to ask why Krugman is being sarcastic, and questioning why Americans are not blaming Obama.

"What Krugman forgets to point out is that if this happened when Bush was President, the Left and their media minions INCLUDING ALL the New York Times writers, columnists, and editorial department would have ALREADY blamed it on the President. So, SNARK AWAY, Mr. Krugman. We learned under George W. Bush that ALL disasters are the President's fault INCLUDING the natural ones like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts.” 

Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin explores why it took eight days for the administration to respond to the spill, and other conservative commentators have added to criticism of what they say was a slow response. 

It's still unclear what caused the explosion on the BP rig, and senior Obama adviser David Axelrod has defended the administration's response to the accident, saying the Coast Guard had arrived almost immediately, and deflected comparisons with the Bush administration's slow response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh laughed at Obama's announcement that he would send SWAT teams to the region, suggesting that "obviously the regime is open to the idea that this is not an accident." He pointed to environmentalists as possible suspects. 

"The original Earth Day 40 years ago was inspired by the river in Cleveland catching fire. Forty years later, the day before Earth Day this year, the gulf is on fire. Coincidence? The jury is still out."

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