In psychology, psychological projection (or projection bias) is a defense mechanism where a person's personal attributes, unacceptable or unwanted thoughts, and/or emotions are ascribed onto another person or people. In politics, it's called GOP tactics. It's been around for a while, but it is starting to become tiresome in it's psychopathy.
House minority whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), on Meet the Press Sunday, tried to set the record straight, saying that his party had a stimulus plan that was ignored by an unfriendly press.
"Republicans will have a plan, we had a stimulus plan. You know, part of the problem with being in the minority, David, is that sometimes your colleagues in the press don't want to cover the ideas that the minority has," said Cantor. "We had a plan on the stimulus, it was tailored to small business tax relief."
Cantor went on to attack Obama's proposed budget, saying it does not focus on job creation and short-term problems. He said by placing new taxes on energy and manufacturers, the budget would amount to a $3,000 tax for a household of four, or "essentially, an $800 man, woman and child tax."
When NBC's David Gregory pressed the Virginia representative on his concern for spending, pointing out that Republicans weren't exactly thrifty during former President Bush's tenure, Cantor acknowledged the GOP "blew it" by not being fiscally conservative.
"But that doesn't give the Democrats in power in this town the right to go in and repeat the mistakes that perhaps we may have committed in the past," Cantor said.
While the party was busy saying no to everything in sight, they failed to present new ideas of their own, and now it is the press' fault for not reporting that they had a plan... it all makes sense right?
It doesn't. Projection is a tool people in denial use to abdicate responsibility. Children are very good at it. Usually tho, as children grow into young adults, a sense of accountability sets in and the tendency to project lessens. With Republicans, it seems like it gets worse. Dana Perino is another example. I bet you didn't know that last weeks market gains should be credited to the previous pResdident.
"You were just speaking earlier about the possibility that since we had a little bit of a better week on Wall Street does that spell a turnaround?" Perino said. "Can all the credit go specifically to President Obama? Well, I would say no. We are just going to have to take a while to let all of this settle down and let the policies that our administration and the new administration are trying to put in place have a chance to work."
Part of being a normal responsible adult means accepting responsibility, and part of being elected a representative in government means actually MAKING responsible choices-- making choices goes a little further than sitting back and accepting.
The biggest example this weekend was from Dick Cheney himself.
Asked by CNN's John King if he believes Obama has made the nation less safe through his reversal of certain Bush administration anti-terror policies, Cheney said bluntly: "I do."
The Republicans -- both elected and formerly serving, instead have chosen to take a path of lies to distort their own reality, and in turn Americans. When one of them actually does speak a truth-- Michael Steele for example (actually I think he may be the solitary example) he is shredded by the very people he is supposed to lead.
It is a difficult thing to defend against projection, because it tends to take the victims of denial down with the deniers. Carl Jung said All projections provoke counter-projection when the object is unconscious of the quality projected upon it by the subject. I believe the leaders in Washington understand what is going on, and I think the people of America are waking up to the reality that republicans are not dealing in reality. They are as Jon Boehner put it... in a hole.
“[W]e don’t have enough votes to legislate,” said Republican leader John A. Boehner of Ohio has said. “We are not in the majority. We are not kind-of in the minority; we are in a hole. They ought to get the idea out of their minds that they are legislators. But what they can be is communicators.”
The result of GOProjection? They the government is broken after making sure that nothing is done, they take the toys and go home, and then blame everyone else. Watch Children, they do the same thing.