Sung To The Tune Of The Who's "Substitute"--Updated
Mickey Kaus has a great take on the Katrina-related Bush-bashing by the media and the left (sorry to repeat myself):
I'm not saying Bush and the Feds don't clearly deserve major grief for not getting today's National Guard aid convoy into downtown New Orleans a couple of days earlier. Some people are probably dead as a result. But the commentators on Washington Week in Review seemed a little too happy when proclaiming this a "debacle" that will damage Bush politically for a long, long time. And I don't think they were happy just because Bush has suffered a blow. I think it's because the hurricane and its New Orleans aftermath at least seemed to solve a big problem for anti-Bush commentators and politicians. Previously, they couldn't grouse about the Iraq War without seeming defeatist (and anti-liberationist and maybe even selfishly isolationist). Even the Clintons never figured a way out of that trap. But nature has succeded where they failed; it has opened up a way out, at least temporarily. Now Bush opponents can argue, in some cases quite accurately, that without the Iraq deployment aid would have gotten to New Orleans faster. And 'if we can [tk] in Iraq, why can't we [tk] in our own South?' They aren't being selfish. They are just asserting priorities! In short, Katrina gives them a way to talk about Iraq without talking about Iraq. No wonder Gwen Ifill smiles the "inner smile."As the Professor writes, "Yes, I think he's got that exactly right".
Update: A Charles Krauthammer essay of late August 2004 is worth revisiting, for his "Pressure Cooker Theory" of the far left. It was written to explain how the Bush Derangement Syndrome (an even more famous phrase he also coined) of the election came to be:
The loathing goes far beyond the politicians. Liberals as a body have gone quite around the twist. I count one all-star rock tour, three movies, four current theatrical productions and five best sellers (a full one-third of the New York Times list) variously devoted to ridiculing, denigrating, attacking and devaluing this president, this presidency and all who might, God knows why, support it.Unfortunately, they never received it. And as Mickey Kaus notes above, Katrina allows the left's pressure cooker to explode--at full Category Five strength.
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