I’m still seething and amazed about new Orleans and this whole fiasco. It didn’t immediately strike me that when Bush left the ‘ranch” last Tuesday it was not go to Washington or the Gulf but to fly to California to make another insane speech comparing Iraq to WW2. Not to mention the head of FEMA holding a news conf last week – Weds, I believe, at Grand central station about… home-preparedness for terrorist attacks. Duct tape anyone? The CNN Int’l anchor was dumbfounded. They broke away to go there, assuming logically he would be addressing Katrina, which he did with one meaningless sentence at the end.
Speaking of which, one advantage of living here is we don’t have Fox News (sorry Dan and Jeff). I would surely be throwing things at the TV if I had to listen to Hannity and O’Reilly twisting themselves into pretzels to explain why this is really a triumph for the admin.
Let a brain dead vegetative woman in Florida come off her respirator and Bush flies back to DC in the middle of the night, no questions asked. But one of the great cities of the world is looking like a grade C Kevin Costner flickr with thousands of people rotting and festering and he’s got other matters to attend to. And when he finally got down there, he was joking around on the airport tarmac about the good times he used to have down in Houston. This while corpses and writhing patients were practically moving behind him on luggage belts! You can’t make this stuff up. It’s beyond satire.
Actually, I’m not sure any of these people really exist. I think W is really Peter Sellars who faked his own death to take on the role of a lifetime, a perfect mix of Dr. Strangelove and Inspector Clousseau. He may be doing one of those multiple-role things he loved so well – he is really Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove as well. These people can’t actually be real. He may even be condi.
And as a big thank you for screwing up the world, W gets to remake the Supreme Court for the next 30 years. Rove is no doubt combing the Federalist Society database as we speak, seeking a 38-year-old Black Judge from Mississippi who has called for beheading looters. A sharecropper background would be an added plus.
As usual, Frank Rich is on point, if you haven’t read this: