The After-Inaction Reports

In the Gaggle today, Scott McClellan repeated the administration talking point that “now is not the time for blame-gaming.” Michael Chertoff stayed on point Sunday saying there would be plenty of time for accountability in the “after-action” reports. But what about these statements?

“I want to congratulate the governors for being leaders. You didn’t ask for this, when you swore in, but you’re doing a heck of a job.”

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

“Mr. Mayor, that after a lot of hard work, people are going to be — people will be proud of the effort. And I want to thank you for your leadership here. And Haley, I want to thank you for yours. Again, I want to thank Trent and Thad.”

“Results are acceptable here in Mississippi.”

“Governor, thanks for your leadership.”

“We’re making progress.”

Why is there no time to assign blame if there’s plenty of time to assign praise?