Though it's perversely heartening to see the administration raked over the coals for its, shall we say, insufficient
response to the tragedy in New Orleans, I'm the paranoid type, and it makes me a bit suspicious to see the Reeps in such disarray. It's hard to believe that, after standing with the White House through all the petty, vicious, and duplicitous atrocities of the last four years, it could suddenly dawn on so many of the President's faithful media enablers that maybe something's . . . wrong
As Greg Palast explains:
There is nothing new under the sun. In 1927, a Republican President had his photo taken as the Mississippi rolled over New Orleans. Calvin Coolidge, "a little fat man with a notebook in his hand," promised to rebuild the state. He didn't. Instead, he left to play golf with Ken Lay or the Ken Lay railroad baron equivalent of his day.
In 1927, the Democratic Party had died and was awaiting burial. As depression approached, the coma-Dems, like Franklin Roosevelt, called for balancing the budget.
Then, as the waters rose, one politician finally said, roughly, "Screw this! They're lying! The President's lying! The rich fat cats that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they push your kids under. I say, Kick'm in the ass and take your rightful share!"
Huey Long laid out a plan: a progressive income tax, real money for education, public works to rebuild Louisiana and America, an end to wars for empire, and an end to financial oligarchy. The waters receded, the anger did not, and Huey "Kingfish" Long was elected Governor of Louisiana in 1928.
We've been at this crossroads before, and the liberals came out ahead. However, they didn't do it by tiptoeing around the problem, or letting the other side define it. If the Republicans are allowed to define the problem, they'll be the ones who provide the solution -- and it won't be pretty.