09/08/2005: Gem o'the Day, "I wish I'd said that" Bonus Edition:
For all that went wrong the last couple weeks down on the Gulf Coast, there's still at least one thing to be grateful for: Bernard Kerik could have been DHS Secretary instead of Michael Chertoff. And as poor a performance as Chertoff may have put in, I doubt he has too many mob cronies and he's clearly got some managerial experience. And, heck, we don't even have to get into Judith Regan, which is more than you can say for Kerik.
--Joshua Micah Marshall
Today's Talking Points
1-First providers are noble beings without fault.
2-State and local officials were a "problem."
3-The president tried to take action early but the locals got in the way and were stubborn probably because of the injustice of their "culture."
4-This is not the time for recriminations. We must do the people's work. (Really sounds like Bill)
5-We should study "lessons learned" from this, and not attribute blame. (Important point for FEMA Director Brown, but since he was head of Arabian Horse Association, it has been suggested that he could be a Middle East analyst for cable news.)
6-Congress and the president will investigate this on a bi-cameral, bi-partisan basis reporting next year (when no one remembers anything and just before Mardi Gras).
7-Federal aid is fixing everything in spite of local ineptitude.
I was trained as a propaganda staff officer at one point. This is a hell of a job. Congratulations. Always tell them what they would like to believe and they will "go for it."
Len on 09.08.05 @ 11:59 AM CST