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Hurricane Katrina Hall of Shame

I haven’t written anything about Hurricane Katrina. It’s not because I don’t care. It’s because, at first, I was slow to grasp the true horror of the situation on the Gulf Coast, and because, once I did understand, I couldn’t think of anything that seemed worth saying. It’s apparent by now that many of America’s leaders had a similarly slow reaction time. It’s also clear that not having anything worth saying didn’t stop them from saying things. Daily Kos has put together a compendium of some of the most appalling things to come out of public mouths over the past couple of weeks.

I think it’s safe to say that, between singly out Trent Lott for a Presidential expression of sympathy and suggesting that the impoverished people of New Orleans are better off in the Astrodome than they were in their homes, George Bush and his mother have pretty much killed the concept of “compassionate” conservatism. The Hurricane Katrina Hall of Shame also contains a gem from Jeb, and various statements from Michael Chertoff, Michael Brown, and the gang that would be comic if they weren’t so tragic.

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September 12, 2005 | Permalink


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