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Monday, September 05, 2005

Bush Blamers

Interesting theory from the Philippines:
Why the Liberal Media and Dems are blaming it all on Bush
Because they are worried that the Katrina disaster will push aside Iraq and Cindy Sheehan from the news, and Americans will rally behind Bush (which will probably lead to a upward spike in his approval ratings) when he asks for their support to help the refugees in Louisiana.

So the liberal media and other dems are pre-emptively trying to poison the atmosphere by engaging in the blame game and partisan politics. See Robert Kennedy. See Randi Rhodes. See Kanye West. See CNN. They want to see Bush fail so that they will reap the benefits in the 2006 midterm elections.


  • At 2:27 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    I think this theory is more or less bunk. The so-called liberal media is finally just doing its job, holding the leadership accountable for their (in)actions. One only needs to see the scenes and hear the stories out of New Orleans to know that something, somewhere went terribly wrong; the richest, most powerful country in the world allowed its people to live in sub-third world conditions for 4-5 days. Clearly, questions need to be asked.

    Primarily, at least early on, I think the media was asking them and speaking up simply to encourage action. Though I believe we need to avoid partisanship as we recover from this national tragedy, tough questions need to be asked of this administration. From outside appearances, Bush bungled this pretty badly; it was a far cry from his commendable leadership just after 9-11. The first polls are in, and Americans have not rallied behind Bush. Perhaps to find out why, he should stop blaming the actions of local officials, stop blaming the liberal media, and actually take a critical look at how he himself handled this crisis. That, however, might be a difficult task for someone who perceives his own administration as infallible.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    NOTE: All references to the "liberal media" in my commentary should be quotes.

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ryan Mc said…

    As a democrat...I think my only motives when thinking about the Katrina diaster is making sure that everyone is ok and that cities can be rebuilt...there will be plenty of time to throw around blame when the situation has calmed down

  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger Ryan S. said…

    Well, I have seen my fair share of Bush blaming, and I wonder why more liberals can't be mor elike you guys. Meaniwhle the media is wondering why Bush's approval ratings have not plummetted.

    New Orleans is a municipality, and therefore repsonsible for it's own evacutation plans. Mississippi, hit harder by Katrina, has not suffered the problems New Orleans has.

    I do agree that we should recover before we start rolling heads.

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger delacrat said…

    Let's be honest. Everything is political.

    Example from American
    On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, "This is not a time to get into any finger pointing or politics or anything of that nature." Apparently, Karl Rove didn't get the message. The New York Times reports that Rove and White House communications director Dan Bartlett have "rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina." The core of the strategy is "to shift the blame away from the White House and toward officials of New Orleans and Louisiana."

  • At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the New York Times says it, it must be true.

    ofcourse that's the same NYT that called Army Corps flood control project along the mississippi a "BOONDOGLE" (thats a bad thing)


  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger delacrat said…


    Are you saying that the admin is NOT attempting to shift blame from the fed to the state & local govts?

    If so, I suggest reading or watching the news.

    From ABC's "The Note"
    What the White House thinks it knows about the politics of Katrina:

    1. "Federalizing" the response to a natural disaster in advance or immediately after the fact is not politically or legally feasible, especially when state and local officials of the other party resist such an effort.

    2. Most of the TV-picture-generating problems of the last week were caused by the rank incompetence of the New Orleans and Louisiana governments, whose mayor and governor both publicly and privately behaved abominably, regarding evacuation, health care, law enforcement, civil order, etc.

    3. The national media and the people of New Orleans do not care one iota about (1) and (2), and, for now, the White House has to largely accept that.


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