The Sunday shows featured quite a bit of discussion yesterday on two ongoing controversies: the Secret Service’s Colombian prostitution scandal and the General Services Administration’s lavish conference spending. What I found interesting, though, was how differently Republican guests treated the two subjects.
On the GSA matter, Republicans, like Democrats, are outraged, but unlike Dems, GOP officials are eager to push the blame up the ladder. Despite the fact that it was the Obama administration that launched the investigation that uncovered the wrongdoing, and despite the fact that GSA’s reckless conference spending began during the Bush era, Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are eager to pin the blame for the GSA’s mismanagement on President Obama.
GOP talk about the Secret Service, however, was very different on the Sunday shows. NBC’s “Meet the Press,” for example, featured interviews with two lawmakers – Republican Pete King of New York and Republican Darrell Issa of California – both of whom said largely the same thing: Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan shouldn’t be held responsible for what transpired.