Monday, September 12, 2005

The Blame Game

The Katrina debacle is starting to resemble every other event during the Bush presidency in terms of playing the blame game. First, the event happens and the administration begins to respond. They don't point fingers or find blame with the "loyal opposition." Soon after the event, however, the left crafts an angle to use as a political attack, and along with the media they launch their assault. The administration is then forced to respond and is immediately accused of "shifting the blame" by the MSM.

Katrina is the best example of the Dems taking the offense to shift the blame first off of those who deserve it, which forces the administration (in an admittedly belated PR effort) to release the facts surrounding the misadventure. Advice to the White House: go on the offensive first and use the preemptive Dick Cheney "go ***k yourself" approach to dealing with the idiocy of Kennedy, Leahy, Pelosi, Clinton and their followers in the MSM.

Mike Williams again brings a good summation as Captain Ed Morrissey recaps the sins of omission and commission in Louisiana:

The New York Times has a feature story in its Sunday edition that supposedly looks at the frustration of coordinating the local, state, and federal responses to Hurricane Katrina. However, the article by a crew of Times writers instead inadvertently encapsulates the incompetence of Louisiana's governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, in a single anecdote that also calls into question the ability of the four reporters to properly investigate their subject matter.

The scene: three days after Katrina's landfall, and a day after the levees broke. The place: Baton Rouge. The setting: the state's command center for emergency response.

The governor of Louisiana was "blistering mad." It was the third night after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, and Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco needed buses to rescue thousands of people from the fetid Superdome and convention center. But only a fraction of the 500 vehicles promised by federal authorities had arrived.

Ms. Blanco burst into the state's emergency center in Baton Rouge. "Does anybody in this building know anything about buses?" she recalled crying out.

They were an obvious linchpin for evacuating a city where nearly 100,000 people had no cars. Yet the federal, state and local officials who had failed to round up buses in advance were now in a frantic hunt. It would be two more days before they found enough to empty the shelters.
Why didn't Blanco know about
these buses?