A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Sunday, September 11, 2005

Apparently she doesn't listen

AP: La. Senator Rips Bush Hurricane Response---

WASHINGTON - 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.
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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.
That's funny, Mary, because most of the fingerpointing I've seen has come from Louisiana and New Orleans people like N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin.

Landrieu's office said the senator based her accusation in part on comments by the Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, and by administration allies on Capitol Hill, who cited the responsibility of state and local officials in planning for and responding to disasters. She also cited several news stories about a White House campaign to deflect criticism.
Of course, Mary, the City of New Orleans Emergency plan gives responsibility to the governor and the mayor. So, Secretary Chertoff and administration allies on Capitol Hill would be correct in pointing the blame toward the incompetent Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin.

Of course, liberals don't believe in taking responsibility, so its no wonder.