A Point That Bears Repeating
I mentioned this earlier in my lengthy post about what the speech ought to contain, but I don't think that it can be repeated enough. All of the complaints about the relief effort are coming from Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular. Nary a peep has been heard from Mississippi which was actually hit worse by the hurricane and Alabama who took a violent hit, about how they were let down by FEMA and Bush.
But we hear nothing but new and increasingly desperate blame claims from Mary Landrieu, Kathleen Blanco, and to a surprisingly lesser extent recently, Ray Nagin. But one should not be surprised by that, as Louisiana is possibly the most politically corrupt state in the nation (rivaling New Jersey). This trio is only doing what comes naturally and what they have observed for years. After all, when a former klansman seems a legitimate alternative to, and can come very close to beating a corrupt and inept Democrat machine member like former Louisiana Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards, the state has some serious issues. And Senator Landrieu, who threatened to hit the President if he did anything but swallow 100% of the blame for the local disaster problems in Louisiana, and who, in a moment of what seems to be typical intemperance under pressure for her, threatened to permanently destroy her opponent in the 2002 election, is an expert at displaying typical Louisiana jackboot politics.
Not much has changed over the years. But America is not all that fond of an overplayed hand. And when it's Louisiana Democrats making all the noise, eclipsing the significant disasters in Mississippi and Alabama, one wonders why this blame game shouldn't be regarded as anything but corrupt local (and national) politics as usual.