VIDEO: Never Waste a Crisis


Senate Republicans put out a new, hard-hitting video this morning highlighting their take on the Obama administration’s crisis policy summed up in White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s now infamous blurb.

"Following Rahm Emanuel’s advice that ‘you never want a serious crisis to go to waste,’ President Obama and Congressional Democrats hope to use the gulf oil spill crisis to implement a BP-approved national energy tax, just like they used the economic crisis to pass the budget-busting stimulus and health care bills," Republicans note on YouTube.

As crisis after crisis unfolds during this administration — perceived or otherwise — Republicans highlight the administration inaction in this Gulf oil disaster in this new video, ending with a stinging rebuke of the Emanuel philosophy from Joe Kernen of CNBC’s Squawk Box.

JOE KERNEN, CNBC: “Is this another crisis, where you use it as an opportunity to, further some of your long-term, you know, socially transforming goals?”

JOHN HARWOOD: “You know, if you say hi to Rahm Emanuel on the street, he will say, never let a crisis go to waste.”

KERNEN: “I know, I know. That gets old for some people.” (CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” 6/15/10)