So, let us review the bidding on the AIG bonus scandal, and who's being blamed for it.

The Senate, in the person of Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), is blaming the executive branch, pretty explicitly.

The House, in the person of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is likewise blaming the executive branch - but she's also blaming the Senate.

The White House doesn't want to blame anybody... but AIG is like a suicide bomber (H/T Hot Air), and a "senior government official" is just plain "outraged" at that awful Congress for passing this. But Obama's not about pointing fingers about how it could be the Republican's fault - which is good, because as Ace points out our only contribution to this mess was Senator Olympia Snowe's (R-ME) language in the debt bill that would have prevented these bonuses in the first place (that was before Dodd/Geithner/The White House/The Easter Bunny took them out, of course). Nope. It's all Obama's responsibility - but not his fault!

Conclusions? Only one. If you're a staffer or employee under any of these people, for the love of God: don't count on any of them to save you if there's a scandal and you'd make a convenient scapegoat. These aren't the idyllic days of the Bush administration, when the default assumption was that loyalty is supposed to go both ways: you're in a Democratic administration now, and that means that you are in the state of nature.

So get everything in writing, and Trust. No. One.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to Moe Lane.