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Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Blame Game

Bo, bo, bo borge, banana-fana fo forge, mi, my mo, Morge.... George

With Rovian-like speed it has indeed started. The reason that the disaster response has been so atrocious is because we trusted those darn Democrats to tell us something was wrong and they needed help and well, you know how those liberals are. Both Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ran as Democrats, although Nagin was a Republican until he realized it would be hard to win in a heavily Democratic city with an R after his name.

To the gang that couldn't pump water straight, "didn't know" is the mantra, whether the question was the existence of weapons of mass destruction or the presence of storm evacuees in the New Orleans Convention Center.

Brown, amazingly told interviewer after interviewer that the federal EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Administration did not know there were evacuees in the center. Apparently he and his staff had not time for television -- too busy mismanaging an emergency response. Naturally, the Bush Administration, where no one has ever lost their job for incompetence, backed up the FEMA head, who was fired from his previous job as commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, for praise.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," the AP reported Bush as saying.

So naturally it is now the fault of state and local officials who didn't sound the alarm (uh, George, didn't you sign an emergency declaration BEFORE the storm hit?) Why? Very simple. The Bush Administration made it bones in the last election proclaiming it would do a better job defending the homeland when, as Dick Cheney so unsubtly said, another disaster hit (OK, so he was talking about another terrorist attack).

What the Katrina response has proven so graphically is that we are not, as a nation, capable of meeting the demands of another crisis. Yet another Bush Lie. Yet another reason to shift the blame.

And to prove I'm a hopelessly biased former member of the media, here's a different take. Washington Post political reporter/columnist David Broder apparently still believes in the Bush Miracle. It's going to take more than a couple of hugs to get the PR right. At least he has pegged Congress correctly.


Blogger Streak said...

Yeah, I read Broder's piece with my jaw open. I think my blog rant was titled, "what president was he watching?"

Actually, I think this shows that they are losing a stop. The rovian speed hasn't been there. It took them till Sunday to muster a counter to the mantra of incompetence? I wonder if this means that Rove is far more worried about his own future than we realize.

I thought that when I saw how badly the Prez mangled the photo-ops. He looked horrible. I thought his handlers would have had him fly back a little earlier, make a strong statement, blah, blah.

Adding your blog to my reading list. And you will be glad to know there are outraged liberals even in the Red states!

September 04, 2005 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broder's article is pure tripe, yet another an utterly failed effort to see the 'big picture.' There is a bigger story in all of this, of course, but something about Bush has blinkered Broder. He can't see it with clarity or honesty. In every department, in every direction, the Bush administration values ideology over competence and empty P.R. gestures over policy.

September 04, 2005 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broder wrote, "We cannot yet calculate the political fallout from Hurricane Katrina and its devastating human and economic consequences, but one thing seems certain: It makes the previous signs of political weakness for Bush, measured in record-low job approval ratings, instantly irrelevant and opens new opportunities for him to regain his standing with the public."

How in the world can this help Bush? If his job approval rating rises as a result of his inaction, I will be shocked. He is weak politically, weak in terms of real timely action, and maybe even weak morally. He certainly has no clue about whom to appoint to these critical positions, other than political hacks. For the public to swallow this nonsense he is dishing out and bring up his tanking poll numbers would be as miraculous as Katrina dying before hitting the Gulf Coast.

September 04, 2005 4:06 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Glad to know there is some company out there!

September 05, 2005 10:07 AM  

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