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September 12, 2005

Hillary launches "Blame Bush!" campaign

From the Washington Post via the Houston Chronicle...

The raging debate over what happened after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has provided Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., an opportunity to emerge as a national spokeswoman for the Democratic Party, stirring Republican criticism that she and other Democrats are seeking political gain at a moment of national crisis....

She was on all three network morning shows Wednesday to promote her call for returning the Federal Emergency Management Agency to independent status, and for creating an independent commission to investigate what went wrong when the storm hit and the levees gave way in New Orleans.

Other Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have been far more strident than the Clintons — so much so that both Republican and Democratic strategists said Wednesday the opposition party is in danger of overplaying its hand and creating a backlash among the public.

Hillary Clinton has no formal role as a designated spokeswoman on the disaster, but by virtue of her celebrity status and her presumed presidential ambitions, she attracts attention when she speaks out.

Meanwhile the Associated Press reports on the latest hypocrisy from some other Senators...

Louisiana's senior senator on Sunday escalated the Democrats' rhetoric against the Bush administration's hurricane response, accusing the White House of a "full court press" to blame state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort.

The government's emergency managers came under fire from the lone black senator, Democrat Barack Obama, who said they were clueless about the inner-city in New Orleans when they failed to plan for the evacuation of poor people.

The White House sought to deflect criticism ahead of President Bush's third trip to the stricken Gulf Coast, saying blame could be assessed later.

"It's not the time for blame. It's the time for helping the people on the ground that have been severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina," White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said. "We'll continue to provide aid and assistance to those who have been severely impacted."

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said officials at all levels eventually would share blame for an inadequate response, but she cited only the administration for the finger-pointing that followed the killer storm.

As it's been pointed out, the mayor of New Orleans was responsible for the evacuation, and both the mayor and the Governor of Louisiana have been painfully clear that they expect the Federal government to not overstep their authority...yet somehow it's still Bush's fault.

Ophelia is still out to sea, but heading toward the eastern seaboard. That should give the Democrat plenty of time to think up reasons to claim it, also, is Bush's fault.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 12, 2005 10:15 AM

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Saying "there will be plenty of time to lay blame later" is a standard professional arbitration tactic used all the time, to move agreements and actions forward between two parties. Think of a divorce settlement, for example. Having said that, there never *is* plenty of time later, it all gets swept away as things move forward. In the ambassadorial world, these blame games are often a tactic, so it's fair to say, let's move forward. In this case, Katrina, you have to ask yourself, what are we moving forward into? The total incompetence of DHS/FEMA, the total incompetence of the Bush Administration not even asking for forgiveness, just, let's move along into the most colossal crony-welfare scam in the history of America, the reconstruction of New Orleans by HAL-KBR and Shaw Group, under Bush's emergency declaration suspending prevailing wages, and the SCOTUS declaration supporting eminent domain. Two years from now, those Democrats who would have laid the blame where it belongs will be even more out of power, and those Republicans who are to blame will have cemented their authority over one more formerly Democrat region, assuring them of victory in 2008, and the third term of a Thousand Year Reich.

Posted by: Tante Aime at September 12, 2005 10:45 AM

You forgot to blame Bush for creating Katrina and Ophelia with his secret hurricane creation device invented by the evil scientists at Haliburton.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at September 12, 2005 11:16 AM

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