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Blanco Paralyzed by Fear

The Bush haters are in high gear and they've never let the facts get in their way before but as I posted yesterday, an image is starting to become clear. There were a ton of problems with New Orleans proper but Blanco was absolutely worthless.

Blanco has refused to sign over control of the National Guard to the federal government and has turned to a Clinton administration official, former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief James Lee Witt, to help run relief efforts.

Blanco was not told when Bush would visit the state, nor was she immediately invited to meet him or travel with him. Blanco's office didn't know Bush was coming until told by reporters. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said the White House reached out to Blanco's office on Sunday, but didn't hear back. White House staff in Louisiana spoke with Blanco early Monday, he said.

For about the 10,000th time.... The President can't just take over the National Guard. Traditionally the Governor of whatever state immediately asked the Feds for help and lets them run the show. Blanco simply could not make a decision. She froze. And when she did make a decision, (while I hate to bring partisanship into this) it really looks to me like she was a Democrat first and a Governor second.

The seeds of the disaster were planted a decade ago or more. But any attempt to minimize it was preempted by indecision and incompetence.


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Comments (60)

Let me state it very clearl... (Below threshold)

Let me state it very clearly for you brainwashed gonads: EVERYTHING is Bush's fault

Hmmm.Actually Bush... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

Actually Bush could call up the National Guard in LA. But then they would be federalised, i.e. they would now be considered *federal* troops and not *state* troops for purposes of Posse Comitatus. Between Posse Comitatus and the Stafford Act, President Bush's hands were literally tied.

What I really don't understand is why Blanco resisted so hard and for so long. It's impossible that nobody on her staff watched CNN. It's impossible that she, and her staff, didn't know about the murderous conditions inside the Convention Center and the Superdome.

Frankly I'm starting to buy into the theory that Blanco was not only incompetent, but that she and her staff saw extending this crisis could potentially hurt Bush and the GOP.

Meanwhile, we have the Mayo... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Meanwhile, we have the Mayor of New Orleans, who did even less than Blanco, and who has said the bizarre "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) claimed Saturday that the 17th Street levee repair was nothing but a photo op for George Bush (it was finished today, and is holding water).

Jesus H Roosevelt Christ, s... (Below threshold)
Charlie (Colorado):

Jesus H Roosevelt Christ, she still refuses to turn over control of the National Guard?

Whiskey
Tango
Foxtrot

OVER?

RE: ed's post (September 5,... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: ed's post (September 5, 2005 07:18 PM)

Frankly I'm starting to buy into the theory that Blanco was not only incompetent, but that she and her staff saw extending this crisis could potentially hurt Bush and the GOP.

Now that is twisted. I thought I was a cynic.

I don't think, however, that anyone would disagree that the level of incompetence (if not outright interference) at the state and local levels was shocking despite the scale of the storm. Monday morning quarterbacking is always a bit unfair; but jeez, in view of the totality of unfolding events, who could have predicted such a flailing response and misdirected gnashing of teeth from the LA government heads?


RE: Charlie (Colorado)'s post (September 5, 2005 07:30 PM)

ROFL! Static indeed...

You republicans are the can... (Below threshold)
judgement day cometh:

You republicans are the cancer of the modern world. Hell is too good for Rove, Bush, Cheney , and all followers.

....and Wizbang plays the good kool-aid drinking solider by printing this propaganda for the sake of saving political face while your leaders allowed 1,000s to die a slow painful death.

Hell is too good for people like this. May you face GOD eye to eye and except the full judgement for the suffering you have brought to the innocent of the world.

.....sick beyond words!


Now, on to the TRUTH!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspecial/05bush.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1125893207-iUs2pxKrco2+5iKEhfCwHA

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/index.html?blog=/politics/war_room/2005/09/05/state/index.html

Bianco's hatred of Bush cau... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Bianco's hatred of Bush caused thousands to die.

Democrat leaders have so th... (Below threshold)
Levans:

Democrat leaders have so thoroughly succumbed to moonbattery and demagoguery that to some it may actually seem possible that Blanco approached the crisis from the start as an opportunity to further spread their (Dems) own irrational hatred of Bush. Certainly I believe that she is attempting to accomplish that result after the fact. But I think it hugely unlikely that such was her plan from the start. It is too obvious that her own actions in fact made the disaster much worse than it might otherwise have been. I do think, however, that her actions from the day before the hurricane hit until mid-week were very possibly founded on intent not to let the federal government take control because she feared it would result in credit for President Bush. I think she was so self-serving and hatefully partisan that she never even considered the possibility of the devastation that occured. In other words, her focus was almost totally political, seeking to waylay any perceived advantage for the President and garner advantage for herself.
In this sense, Blanco simply followed the modus operandi preferred by the current Democrat party.

Now, of course, she is working desperately, along with the mayor and other La. Dems, to throw all blame on Bush's leadership -- ironically, given her obstruction of federal control of the relief effort.

LOL NY Times for the Truth,... (Below threshold)
Robert:

LOL NY Times for the Truth, please!!!!!! That is the best laugh I have had all day!

Hmmmm.Normally I w... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Normally I wouldn't put forward such a wacky idea. But considering that Blanco's lackluster mobilization of the LA National Guard, dithering until Wednesday to call for other state's National Guard units and the extended back-and-forth with the White House over using federal troops.

Think about this for a moment. Posse Comitatus prevents President Bush from using federal troops in a low enforcement role. Yet law enforcement is absolutely required before any sort of relief operations could take place. Thus either Blanco had to request the President to use federal troops in her state, or she had to use the National Guard in a non-federal role to do this. This is because the National Guard are treated in two separate ways under Posse Comitatus.

If the National Guard unit is called up by the President, then they're federal troops and as such they cannot be used in a law enforcement capacity. If the National Guard unit is called up by their state's Govenor, then they are not federal troops and they can be used in a law enforcement capacity.

So Bush absolute could not intervene in New Orleans to bring about law and order because the law prevented him from using any forces available to him to do so. And without that law and order, or at least the beginning of it, any attempts at relief or evacuation would be doomed to failure from attacks by roving gangs.

So what are the things that Blanco could have done that would have secured New Orleans and allowed relief operations to take place?

1. She would have to request President Bush to send federal troops in to restore law and order.

2. She would have to mobilize all of LA's National Guard and send them into New Orleans to restore law and order.

3. She would have to request National Guard units to be loaned from surrounding states, and send them into New Orleans to restore law and order.

Any one of these 3 things would have secured New Orleans and allow the relief operations to progress. Yet Blanco studiously avoided doing any of these three things until the pressure for her to act was so great it couldn't be ignored any longer.

So why did she do what she did? She had a Cat-5, then it turned into a Cat-4 at the last minute, storm heading to her largest underwater city. Yet Blanco didn't mobilized her National Guard until the last minute, and even then it was only about 1,800 men. Which is frankly a joke even if the levees didn't break.

And once the levees broke and everything went to hell, why didnt' she call for the President to send in the 82nd Airborne and the US Marines? A couple battalions of Iraq veterans would have turned any would be modern Mongol into hamburger.

To get to this point Blanco had to take the exact specific steps necessary to not solve the situation herself, and to prevent the President from doing so independently.

So really. Is it as crazy a theory as it might first look?

Dear JDC:I know Repu... (Below threshold)
Barry:

Dear JDC:
I know Republicans are all stupid and their IQ's pale in the face of those of geniuses like you but it's "accept," not "except." BTW, judgments are received, not accepted. Guilty defendants don't have the choice of going to prison or declining to accept their sentences. Incompetent Democrat Louisiana politicians did have the option of calling for the early evacuation of an area that floods a lot or doing nothing and blaming it on Bush. Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot. Bush is the dumb one. Sorry.
BLJ

The bottom line is this: Ka... (Below threshold)
Carl:

The bottom line is this: Kathleen Blanco should resign as Governor of Louisiana. If she does not, impeachment proceedings should be called for her gross neglegence. If Louisiana law does not allow impeachment of a sitting governor then at the very least the citizens of Louisiana should be reminded of her negligence and incompetence when it comes election time so a Republican who is willing and able to make good decisions swiftly will be elected Governor of Louisiana.

Unfortunately people are fa... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Unfortunately people are falling into party lines on this. Facts are important when they reinforce their team's side.

Blanco will be re-elected easily.

One American fault of the past few decades, if not further, is the in ability to admit a mistake. The voters of Louisiana will never admit they elected an incompetant partisan who let her feelings and politics towards Bush interfere with right course of action. They will all vote for her again. Gary Condit was about to be re-elected until democrats redrew his district to save themselves the embarassment.

RE: ed's post (September 5,... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: ed's post (September 5, 2005 08:00 PM)
So really. Is it as crazy a theory as it might first look?

I'm inclined to think that is was simply gross incompentence initially with a circle-the-wagons and blame-everyone-else defense when the original planning was realized to be totally inadequate. The city leaders of a relatively economically-challenged city played chicken with a storm (an historic one as it turned out) in the hopes that the cost and inconvenience of such an evacuation would not need to be realized. Truthfully, that is a difficult decision to make with repercussions of their own when the storms fizzle into a depression at the last moment. Only when it was too late did they respond in a panicked manner to this behemoth. I don't know how much scheming was in play, but I don't doubt there is political scheming now. Future employment is at stake regardless of any other liabilities to be attributed.

Has the Republican governor... (Below threshold)
Russ:

Has the Republican governor of Mississippi turned over control of his state's national guard to President Bush?

Blanco will be re-electe... (Below threshold)
shark:

Blanco will be re-elected easily

If that happens, the next disaster to hit LA, the dead will deserve what they get.

Sure it sounds brutal, but it's the truth. This shit MATTERS, as we've just seen.

Hi all, I am from Fl... (Below threshold)
Kat Central Fl:

Hi all,
I am from Florida, hurricane country. I am from the county in the center of the state that was hit by 3 hurricanes last summer. Charley, Jeanne & Francis.
Our guard was mobilized with in 12 hours of Charley hitting. The wind had not even stopped blowing. There were/are plans in place for in state guard and out of state guard to deploy as needed.
I can not for the life of me fathom why it took Gov Blanco so long to do anything. Politics should step aside when it comes to disasters like this one is. I totally agree with the posts on her incompetence in handling everything. Mayor Nagin is as much at fault as the Gov is.
Every post about the paper trail is accurate, my son-in-law is in the guard, he was deployed away from our home county to help where his unit went.
Kat Central FL

"Has the Republican governo... (Below threshold)
Gizmo:

"Has the Republican governor of Mississippi turned over control of his state's national guard to President Bush?"

Did Mississippi have any problems getting their costal residents the hell out of Dodge?
Did 2/3rd of Mississippi law enforcement "evaporate" after Katrina? Where they shooting at chopper there? Was it needed like next door?

How do you know she froze? ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

How do you know she froze? Maybe I missed something when I read the article.

Maybe Blanco had her reasons for not signing over complete control to the Federal Executive. Was there no scenario that would lead Blanco and Nagin to believe that they would cooperate but ultimately be directly involved in the efforts put forth by the federal government.

If Blanco was unwilling to give complete control of her state, all the people of which she represents, during this unprecendented tragedy, is it then reasonable for the Bush administration to handwring while people drowned?

Seriously.

Two links providing perspec... (Below threshold)

Two links providing perspective:

1. This CNN Videolink has Soledad O'Brien interviewing Mayor Nagin. The description on CNN is "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has some more pointed words for the federal government about its response to Katrina (September 5)" but it really should be "Governor Blanco waits 24 hours to respond to President Bush's offer to help".

2. The Federal/State of Louisiana emergency response agreement

Porkopolis - That's hearsay... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Porkopolis - That's hearsay. Nagin, probably exhausted from a job that no one could have ever wanted, couldn't remember what day the meeting was, much less what the two options.

And, sorry, even if the President is correctly quoted as saying Blanco needed 24 hours to decide, this is also the man who claimed that there was no doubt in his mind that Hussein had WMD after seeing caveat after caveat in intelligence reports.

Sorry to bring it up, but it's germane at this point to remind all that Bush is a liar.

The President did NOT need ... (Below threshold)
Standtall:

The President did NOT need to Federalize the LA National Guard. He needed to send in the army and the Navy.

He did eventually choose to send active duty troops and the LA National Guard never was federalized. Yet somehow the military got the job done.

The Bush administration seems to have chosen to bully the LA Governor rather than just send in the damn army! He wasted two days with this crap. People died as a direct result of his delay.

The people of Louisiana will deal with their governor. Meanwhile, the people of the United States have to worry about an administration that does not appear to respond well to crisis situations and in an age of terrorism and dirty bombs, that makes us all nervous.

So Standtall, you're advoca... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

So Standtall, you're advocating that Bush flaunt the Constitution. It isn't just a minor red tape formality that tied the Presidents hands.

Jpm...It only matter... (Below threshold)

Jpm...
It only matters how they feel, what was in their hearts...

[email protected] AnonymousD... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ AnonymousDrivel

"The city leaders of a relatively economically-challenged city played chicken with a storm (an historic one as it turned out) in the hopes that the cost and inconvenience of such an evacuation would not need to be realized."

That would be an excellent point *except* that President Bush pre-emptively called the area a federal disaster area, which frees up federal money for just about everything, including evacuations.

I.e. The City of New Orleans could have spent $50 million evacuating the city, and the bill would have been paid by the federal government.

So cost cannot be an issue.

Hmmmm.Oh and let m... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Oh and let me point out that this is the same city that is now sending it's city employees to Las Vegas, and other places, on *vacation*.

I find it difficult to believe that money had anything to do with it. In the case of the City of New Orleans I'd suggest it's more about sloth and incompetence.

[email protected] Standtall<... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

@ Standtall

"The President did NOT need to Federalize the LA National Guard. He needed to send in the army and the Navy."

Sorry but you're both right and wrong.

Right that Bush should have sent in the Army, Marines and Navy.

Wrong that it is legally impossible for him to do so.

Read up on Posse Comitatus. This is a law passed in 1878 that prevents federal troops from engaging in any law enforcement activities such as arresting criminals. Even now, because the National Guard units aren't federalised, they are the ones doing the arresting, not the federal troops.

It's a very complicated bit of nonsense. But it's also very clear that if President Bush had sent in federal troops, he would have done so in clear violation of the law.

And that would have set him up for impeachment because that sort of thing is an impeachable offense.

Has anyone ever witnissed a... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Has anyone ever witnissed a birth? It's a powerful thing.

I think we are now seeing the birth of the newest bash-bush meme.

As it's becoming more obvious how the local and state gov't failed, and it's getting harder to cover it up; the newest talking point will be 'Bush should have just sent federal troops in, even if he was Constitutionally forbidden to do it without the Governors approval'.

I think the talking point s... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

I think the talking point should be "Bush should have given Blanco everything she needed to save lives instead of letting his administration punish her for not handing her state over to a bunch of Republican Party loyalists".

Then again, Republican Party Uber Alles has been the talking point for most conservatives for decades.

I think the talking point s... (Below threshold)

I think the talking point should be "Do not feed the trolls."

"Porkopolis - That's hea... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

"Porkopolis - That's hearsay" - Ryan

Ryan, its would only be hearsay if Ryan wasn't there to witness it. He's recounting what happened in front of his own eyes & ears.

Oops. I meant "...if Nagin... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Oops. I meant "...if Nagin wasn't there ..."

Several of my friends are l... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Several of my friends are long-time residents of New Orleans, and they said even before the crisis that this was going to be bad because the politicians involved got to the top of their profession by being good at graft, corruption, and patronage. The politicians are thoroughly incompetent, otherwise.

If reports are to be believed, Governor Blanco was still trying to maintain personal control over the situation Friday afternoon! The good news is that General Honore, FEMA, and President Bush exceeded their authority and did what had to be done. They should have done it earlier or forced Blanco to make a decision to allow the Federal government to take over. They're going to own the problem anyway, so do it and accept the consequences later. As one of my long-time friends said on Wednesday, "Anytime you hear that FEMA is working with state and local authorities, it's going to get screwed up."

The other thing was that the governor was apparently very busy setting up a state-based relief fund. As a person who has seen southern politics for decades, I believe it. She wanted to set up a fund that she and her cronies could steal from and direct high-priced projects to companies owned by her family and friends. Tens of thousands of Americans are left to in the 5th circle of hell, and she's doing crap like this!?

I'm socked, socked, to discover that there is graft in Louisiana politics.

And finally, the bad news for the rest of us is that in the wake of this mess Congress is certainly going to rewrite the rules and allow the military to conduct operations without anyone elses approval. I'm sure it will be sold as only for humanitarian missions, but we need to be very careful about how the law is changed to allow the federal government to step in and take over state and local affairs, particularly when it involves using military force.

God, what a mess.

Refresh my memory. Wasn't i... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

Refresh my memory. Wasn't it the aftermath of Andrew where the Clinton "FEMA" dropped the ball?

Sorry, jpm. Nagin is relayi... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Sorry, jpm. Nagin is relaying what Bush told him Blanco said. That's hearsay.

Hmmm."Sorry, jpm. ... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

"Sorry, jpm. Nagin is relaying what Bush told him Blanco said. That's hearsay."

Yes that's true. Unless his allegation is supported by the timelime. I.e. Blanco makes the request the day after she and the President meet to hammer out the agreement.

In which case there would be evidence to back up that hearsay.

Seeing first hand the ammou... (Below threshold)
Lj:

Seeing first hand the ammount of crap going on in my state and the effects it is having I would like to mention that there are still several shining lights in the political seen. Blanco's total incompetance and lack of balls, with no pun intended on her gender, may make her useless but the David Vitter's and Bobby Jindal's of the state are doing wonders. These are politicians that have even lost there homes and haven't lost a single moment in working for the people. I hope that this state realizes such as this and when the next elections comes around the Bobby Jindal's will of Louisiana will be elected to the proper offices.

"In which case there would ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

"In which case there would be evidence to back up that hearsay."

Hearsay is inadmissible in court, and I don't trust anything Bush says anyway. So I would defer the question to Blanco or other witnesses.

I just think this funny, because the bloggers here wouldn't stand for hearsay being used to hurt Bush's image, yet it's completely within the bounds of decency to trash a Dem.

Razorgirl, Andrew was under... (Below threshold)

Razorgirl, Andrew was under Bush I, it's why Clinton made changes at FEMA.

Yes, I hate Clinton, but he's the one that brought FEMA up to date where it was at when it was swallowed by Homeland Security.

As an aside, read FEMA's history on their website, FEMA was initially set up to respond to both natural disasters and things like war. Under Clinton the focus was on natural disasters, it was under Bush that the focus on other disasters was reimplemented...maybe swinging the pendulum too much.

FEMA, folks, FEMA.... (Below threshold)

FEMA, folks, FEMA.

They were the ones in charge.

Never before have I seen such well meaning yet completely WRONG interpretations of the law.

1. Posse Comitatus 18 USC 1385 (not the Constitution) prevents use of federal troops for domestic law enforcement EXCEPT AS AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS.

2. , is such an act of Congress contemplated by Posse Comitatus allowing the President, and FEMA to use the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines once an Emergency Declaration is made by the President at the request of the Governor.

3. The was made three days before Katrina's landfall. That's why there were any Navy and Coast Guard choppers at all.

Go ahead and play blame the other guys, but lets keep the facts straight. The National Guard was called up, and Blanco still is keeping control of it. She seemed more than confused, still does, but the LA Guard along with the State Police is all she has for law enforcement under her direct command.

Calling up the Guard is completely different from Federalization of the Guard. They were called up, then under utilized. Blame her for that, not the bottle-neck slowing Federal relief.

But please don't fall for the idea that anything but bureacratic red tape and FEMA fumbling affected the Federal Government's response. The Guard situation does not absolve Washington any more than FEMA's impotent response absolves Blanco's.

Blame Game score? Tied.

Hearsay is inadmissible ... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

Hearsay is inadmissible in court . . .

Only inadmissible if it has been disallowed by the judge, and in some cases hearsay is admissible.

I just think this funny, because the bloggers here wouldn't stand for hearsay being used to hurt Bush's image, yet it's completely within the bounds of decency to trash a Dem.

And vice versa, is there a point?

Your problem is you don't want to believe it, even though the mayor states that is what happened and the time line supports it. Sort of leaves you twisting in the breeze.

Sorry, I got rushed and mes... (Below threshold)

Sorry, I got rushed and messed up the links.

2. The Stafford Act, is such an act of Congress contemplated by Posse Comitatus allowing the President, and FEMA to use the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines once an Emergency Declaration is made by the President at the request of the Governor.

3. The Emergency Declaration was made three days before Katrina's landfall.

RE: ed's posts (September 6... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: ed's posts (September 6, 2005 08:28/08:30 AM)
I.e. The City of New Orleans could have spent $50 million evacuating the city, and the bill would have been paid by the federal government.

So cost cannot be an issue.

...In the case of the City of New Orleans I'd suggest it's more about sloth and incompetence.


I'm not sure how disbursement and repayment work in the strictest sense but that is a good consideration. The promise of money should have lowered the decision bar a bit to make the jump to more rational behavior easier. So then the consideration to be emphasized is inconvenience and the predictable blowback from such an order should nothing tragic happen. Unfortunately, the tragedy did and Monday-morning quarterbackers still in their floating Laz-E-Boys look for blame... predictably.

But I can't argue with the incompetance bit. Unquestionable and ongoing though the Feds and neighboring states are cleaning up the mess.

What I don't want to believ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

What I don't want to believe is that an elected official, a person charged with protecting the lives his/her constituents, would completely drop the ball. I'm just looking for a transparent investigation into this whole mess.

If the ball was in Blanco's court, I want to know why she stalled. If the ball was in Bush's court I want it shown that this wasn't punishment for Blanco being a Dem.

Honestly, this video proves nothing more than what the situation was: Bush didn't give Blanco what she needed under the circumstances she laid out. Why?

why don't we worry about in... (Below threshold)

why don't we worry about investigations later and just think about getting this back together?

when a lion escapes from the zoo, no one cares about how it escaped until it is back in custody and safe in its cage. Once the lion is back in its cage AND any and all collateral damage is looked at, THEN look at whose fault it was.

What I don't want to bel... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

What I don't want to believe is that an elected official, a person charged with protecting the lives his/her constituents, would completely drop the ball. I'm just looking for a transparent investigation into this whole mess.

If the ball was in Blanco's court, I want to know why she stalled. If the ball was in Bush's court I want it shown that this wasn't punishment for Blanco being a Dem.

Honestly, this video proves nothing more than what the situation was: Bush didn't give Blanco what she needed under the circumstances she laid out. Why?

Your first two paragraphs would have been more believeable, and your credibility more intact, if you had left out the third. By including the third you only show yourself to be someone looking to further bash the President. The last sentence can be turned to reflect the opposite point of view, just swap the names.

Once again you are twisting in the wind.

Bush's <a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)

Bush's Emergency Declaration Authorized the Feds to pick up 75% of the tab, the minimum authorized by the Stafford Act.

Don't know how relevant the money was at the time, if at all, but once again, facts trump speculation.

Under competent leadership,... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Under competent leadership, this country can do many things at once. I mean, FDR had appointed the members of the Roberts Commission within two weeks of Pearl Harbor.

Blanco was voted by the peo... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Blanco was voted by the people of Louisiana to protect them. She was begging the federal government to move in. The only scenario that makes sense to me at this point is that there was an attempted power grab by the incompetent federal agencies, and Blanco fought it for the good of her state.

Bush gave her two options, according to Nigan. Options? How does fit in with Blanco freezing?

And if pointing out that Bush felt his vacation to be more important than manning battle stations is bashing, then I'm guilty. I don't blame you though. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

The only scenario that m... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

The only scenario that makes sense to me at this point is that there was an attempted power grab by the incompetent federal agencies, . . .

Because, for you to open your eyes, and mind, and think of the other possibilities, would require you to acknowledge your narrow, hateful point of view. You are consumed by hate, so you won't allow yourself the possibility that you or the GOL made a mistake, or was wrong. Nice try at a conspiracy theory though.

And if pointing out that Bush felt his vacation to be more important than manning battle stations . . .

This is such a stupid and childish remark, when will the liberals grow up? The President was on a "working vacation." You get that, don't you? It's not like he went to Italy for two weeks, was completely out of touch with the day to day happenings of the country and left the reins of the govt. in Dick Cheney's hands. Again, a statement that shows just how disingenuous you are.

Darn, DavidB. You really sh... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Darn, DavidB. You really showed me. You're right. I'm going to go contribute a couple thousand dollars to the Republican Party as retribution for all that hate I have in my heart. Thank you for opening up my eyes.

It's like the other few hundred times I've read vacuous platitudes about me hating Bush - no wait. I'm just being disingenuous.

Like I said before: Love the sinner, hate the sin.

"It's like the other few hu... (Below threshold)
Toby928:

"It's like the other few hundred times I've read vacuous platitudes about me hating Bush"

So you're transparent then.

Tob

It's like the other few ... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

It's like the other few hundred times I've read vacuous platitudes about me hating Bush . . .

This is just too funny . . . the liberal doesn't like to be called a hater. It's quite all right to call someone with a different view a hater, but you can never call me one, then it is a vacuous platitude.

Mothership to Ryan, Mothership to Ryan, attempting to establish communication link. Until link is established cease further verbal communication with the masses, you are making us look like loons!

A friend of mine who was wo... (Below threshold)
Mike:

A friend of mine who was working today (Sept 7) and yesterday (Sept 6) with a sheriff's office in Northern LA told me that the people their said Blanco is the one who stopped aid from initially getting in because she wouldn't yield control to FEMA. Perhaps that's what she was referring to when she publcicly griped about being given an organization chart. Maybe she didn't see herself at the top! They, according to my friend, say she will never be elected again. My friend also told me that New Orleans had been given 600 million in aid to improve the levees and had spent it instead on fixing a Mardi Gras fountain and other projects. Blame Bush? Shouldn't we find out what the facts are first? I've lost ALL respect for the democrats and I'm NOT a Republican!!!

I think Blanco and Hellery ... (Below threshold)
jennie:

I think Blanco and Hellery Klinton are in cahoots.Because, Blanco has turned to the former Clinton FEMA head official and Hellery is talking about her husband's excellent FEMA program(bs).
I just smell something fishy but can't put my finger on it yet. Just knowing Blanco's beligerent attitude towards Bush and putting blame on him suggests this. Along with Hellery's usual bs about Bush.

REMEMBER THE LAW POSSE CO... (Below threshold)
VIRGINIA:

REMEMBER THE LAW POSSE COMITATUS ACT AND HOMELAND SECURITY WELL UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE ALOT OF DEAD PEOPLE DUE TO BLANK MINDED GOVERNOR BLANCO WHO DID NOT RESPOND QUICKLY TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL. WHY WERE ALL THOSE EMERGENCY VEHICLES JUST SITTING WAITING FOR THE OK TO GO?????

Sigh.Bush is the h... (Below threshold)
jim:

Sigh.

Bush is the head of the Federal Government. Blanco asked Bush to declare LA a disaster area, days before the hurrican hit. He did so.

Bush appointed the head of FEMA, an incompetent failed lawyer, former horse association manager, with no qualifications, background, or experience.

When Bush declared it a disaster area, it became his ball.

He then proceeded to eat cake and play guitar while tens of thousands of people died.

Tens of thousands.

Do you conservatives and Republicans really believe in accountability - even if it means a Republican might be to blame, too?

If so, then by all means, let's investigate all of them. the whole situation. From the President all the way down to the Mayor. Hell, to the Police Commissioner. Let's have a full, bipartisan investigation, like the 9/11 commission.

Because this is completely unacceptable.

Actually jim, had you read ... (Below threshold)

Actually jim, had you read the article from the AP that was linked in the original post, you would have seen Blanco did not act untill AFTER New Orleans was halfway underwater.

Had Bush acted before that, the Dems would of course say he tried to micro-manage the situation or that he was just "flaunting power" or some such crap. All Democrats do these days is whine, moan, and obstruct anything that might not be in line with their ultra-liberal head-of-party views.

It's a very complicated bit... (Below threshold)
Bruce Anderson:

It's a very complicated bit of nonsense. But it's also very clear that if President Bush had sent in federal troops, he would have done so in clear violation of the law.

And that would have set him up for impeachment because that sort of thing is an impeachable offense.
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Oh, but Ed, I'm sure the Democrats would have given Bush a pass on that because all they *really* care about are helping people...;)

Sorry, jpm. Nagin is relayi... (Below threshold)
Bruce Anderson:

Sorry, jpm. Nagin is relaying what Bush told him Blanco said. That's hearsay.
Ryan
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Oh yeah, and listening to you isn't? :)




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