Former Vice President Dan Quayle made news by seemingly praising President Obama. But was it praise or a very clever line of attack?

According to a report at The Swamp, Dan Quayle:

…is offering President Barack Obama kudos for surrounding himself with talented advisers on national security and the economy.

But then he goes on to say:

"Now I think they will have to make some tough decisions,” Quayle said of Obama in the Lake Tahoe talk. "He knows the deficit is menacing. Whether he is willing to stare down the left wing of his party and say, ‘Guys, we’ve got to get this budget in order before we take on too many things,’ I don’t know."

How nice. Except Quayle stayed mum on the deficit when George W. Bush was in office. I guess running up deficits to give tax breaks to the richest 1% of the country is allowable. But run up a deficit to keep the economy from collapsing or to try and ease the suffering of the rest of America and it’s grab your pitchforks time!

This is an attack by another means and a very clever one because it’s loaded inside a compliment. If the GOP had been running these kinds of attacks instead of calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist or trying to prove Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii citizen they might actually be getting somewhere. That and, you know, actually offering solutions to the problems. Instead they remain a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

One thing is for sure, the Republicans have reached the point where Dan Quayle is the smartest guy in the room.

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