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September 15, 2005

Katrina Today

On reading this morning's Washington Times online, I was pleasantly surprised to find a statement I made in a previous post about Democrat politicians never accepting responsibility for their screwups but instead blaming Bush challenged, as it looks like we have an exception to the rule.

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco yesterday took responsibility for failures and missteps in the immediate response to Hurricane Katrina and pledged a united effort to rebuild areas ravaged by the storm.
"We all know that there were failures at every level of government: state, federal and local. At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility," Mrs. Blanco told lawmakers in a special meeting of the Louisiana Legislature.

I applaud Governor Blanco for stepping up to the plate and admitting her role in the local mishandling of the Katrina disaster.
Of course, being somewhat suspicious of the motives behind the utterings of today's Democrats, I'm kinda sorta wondering if her emulating George Bush in taking responsibility has anything to do with the fact that there seems to be an outcry among a segment of her constituency for her impeachment, and she's trying to make nice. Sister Toldjah's got something on that front, while Raven talks about Captain Wiener's wife Hillary being put firmly in her place and Ogre posts a great funny about a U.N. response to aid for Katrina victims.

No matter how things work out in Katrina's aftermath, I believe the recriminations will go on for a long time on both sides, but it's good to see that with hindsight has come the beginnings of cooperation. We Americans are a resilient people, as we proved after 11 September 2001, and businessmen, yes, the private sector 'way down yonder in New Orleans are already beginning to lay plans for rebuilding what has been destroyed, which is as it should be and always has been in America. The government is there to help, not to facilitate a free ride nor micromanage local affairs, which is also as it should be.

Posted by Seth at September 15, 2005 04:07 AM


Blanco must have taken a poll and found out that people liked Bush because he claimed responsibility, so then she decided she's try it and see if it got her any political points.

Posted by: Ogre at September 15, 2005 04:42 AM

LOL, that sounds kinda like a Dem. Remember, they have no ideas of their own outside invective against Bush, so borrowing someone else's ideas isn't completely out of the question.

Posted by: Seth at September 15, 2005 04:47 AM