Conservatives Freak Out, Blame Obama for Boeing Win, EADS Loss

One could almost taste the happiness in the air around Washington state and much of the nation yesterday after news was announced that Boeing had won a $35 billion contact to build 179 refueling tankers for the U.S. military. Everyone was thrilled! Everyone, that is, except a whole bunch of conservatives. They think it's all just part of Obama's dictatorial/socialist takeover of America (a takeover that somehow involves American big business).

Alabama Republican Senator and shameless corporate shill Richard Shelby said "Chicago politics" was to blame for Boeing winning the contract.

"I'm disappointed but not surprised," Shelby said. "Only Chicago politics could tip the scales in favor of Boeing's inferior plane. EADS clearly offers the more capable aircraft. If this decision stands, our warfighters will not get the superior equipment they deserve."

Shelby and Alabama gets somewhat of a pass because EADS has major operations in the state. But still. Chicago politics?

Other sites went further like conservative blog Spectator, where author Quin Hillyer writes:

Boeing gets the tanker contract. I smell a rat. A crooked rat. Even Boeing thought it was going to lose. EADS under-bid it, and its plane was bigger and could do more. But Boeing is headquartered in Obama's Chicagoland, and Defense Secretary Gates will retire to his Seattle-area home--Seattle being the main historic base of Boeing and still the site of the largest portion of its jobs, including the jobs for the tanker project. It's all so very convenient . . .

And on the Twitterscape, conservative spooks were positively livid.


Boeing in Chicago-

OBAMA is Prez

and the little weasel RAHM is da mayor!

@washingtonpost @CHEtheAmericanless than a minute ago via web

Boeing sucks!! Obama sure did a good job getting that contract for his city!! Considering the coast just suffered the worst summer!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

EADS had the best proposal, the best plane and the best bid. Boeing had Obama and Dems in the pocket. Advantage Boeing. #tankerless than a minute ago via web

I won't even get into the comment sections on Southern newspapers and conservative blogs, but rest assured the words "socialist," "Chicago politics," "sneaky," and some variation of "Obama hates America" all come up quite frequently.

Nothing worse than an American company winning a contract from the American military, eh? Reagan must be rolling over in his grave.

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