Sunday, September 11, 2005

Politicking blame

Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard discusses partisan response to Katrina. Among his comments: "...There's a good test of whether criticism of Bush is purely partisan: If the accuser also directs blame at Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, who froze in reaction to Katrina, and New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, so overwhelmed by the hurricane that he didn't carry out the city's emergency plan, then the criticism might have some merit. Another test is whether a critic cites real examples where FEMA failed to carry out one of its missions. Rescuing people from roofs isn't one of them..." Meanwhile, Newsweek has a disturbing account of events from the moment it became clear Katrina was headed toward New Orleans. But be forewarned: This account doesn't make anyone look good, even though it's skewed primarily to slam Bush.