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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Playing politics while New Orleans drowned

Two stories over the weekend highlight the political and administrative nightmares that became paramount during Katrina and her aftermath. No one comes out smelling like roses.

In one very clear sense, the messenger makes a difference, W's decision to make Karl Rove his point person in the recovery effort is going to get any Democrat's political antenna up. Turd Blossom was not and is not a nonpartisan administrator. The boyos were indeed in deep doo-doo as a result of Brownie and FEMA's ineptitude and Rove's role proved that.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Negin had also not acquitted themselves with precision under fire -- the lack of buses on standby and the failure to prepare the Superdome adequately as a shelter stand at the top of the list.

But the decision to release 10,000 pages of state documents to clear the air -- and expose their failings -- also stands in stark contrast to the Bush administration penchant for secrecy. When the choice was to send help, no strings attached, or send in the political artillery in the person of Karl Rove, W. made a strong statement about his priorities.

And the decision to make the folks of the Gulf Coast and the rest of America pay for the financial excesses of Iraq reinforce that it was politics over first, last and always for the Bushies.


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