Wednesday, September 07, 2005

"So much better at inflicting pain than feeling it"

Will we soon be hearing the refrain that Katrina changed everything? As the flood water recede, Thomas Freidman writes of a sea change in the fortunes of President Sluggo:

Well, if 9/11 is one bookend of the Bush administration, Katrina may be the other. If 9/11 put the wind at President Bush's back, Katrina's put the wind in his face. If the Bush-Cheney team seemed to be the right guys to deal with Osama, they seem exactly the wrong guys to deal with Katrina - and all the rot and misplaced priorities it's exposed here at home.
These are people so much better at inflicting pain than feeling it, so much better at taking things apart than putting them together, so much better at defending "intelligent design" as a theology than practicing it as a policy.

Freidman and countless other media voices aren't just slamming the response to the hurricane. They're bringing the entire rationale of the Bush presidency into sharp and unflattering relief. Maureen Dowd writes:
Reality has come flooding in. Since 9/11, the Bush administration has been remarkably successful at blowing off "the reality-based community," as it derisively calls the press.
But now, when W., Mr. Cheney, Laura, Rummy, Gen. Richard Myers, Michael Chertoff and the rest of the gang tell us everything's under control, our cities are safe, stay the course - who believes them?
This time we can actually see the bodies.

Friedman gets downright personal about Grover Norquist:
Mr. Norquist is the only person about whom I would say this: I hope he owns property around the New Orleans levee that was never properly finished because of a lack of tax dollars. I hope his basement got flooded. And I hope that he was busy drowning government in his bathtub when the levee broke and that he had to wait for a U.S. Army helicopter to get out of town.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I thought everything was gettin' flatter . . . .

8:03 PM, September 07, 2005  

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