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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Another stroke of brilliance

When I heard some of the ridiculous charges against the Bush response to Katrina, the thought that crossed my mind was that if Bush had actually reacted as they portrayed he should have there would likely have been some kind of outcry. I can picture the reports of national guard soldiers storming the city like it was a battle field in order to occupy the place. There is after all, a reason for leaving such decisions in the hand of the state: in order to prevent the federal government from using flimsy excuses to send troops into states for reasons not related to "helping".

In a stroke of brilliance, according to the story:

"President Bush yesterday sought to federalize hurricane-relief efforts, removing governors from the decision-making process."

The reason this is brilliant is that many on the left will see this step as a power grab. If Bush had proposed this BEFORE Katrina, the outcry would have been tremendous. While the purists will resist this power grab very vocally, others on the left who see Katrina as a vehicle to take Bush down may or may not realize that a public discussion of this will reveal their deceit. Bush was at the mercy of Governor Blanco to request the guardsmen and when asked stated she wanted to wait 24 hours. We don't know if this was due to a) an ingrained liberal aversion for the military b) a purposeful delay to play politics by making Bush look bad or c) absolute stupidity. There is no other reason I can think of.

A vocal opposition by the purists would be a nightmare to the Dem's strategy. It would reveal the false spinning of the Dems AND their water carrying media. It would deny Dems the full use of Katrina in '06 without the issue making them look ridiculous. Finally, a successful resistance to passage of this new policy would both vindicate Bush as well as place a stake in Governor Blanco's political heart. I fully expect to see Louisiana ripped from the tight-clenched hands of the Democrats in the very near future. It may even be more fantastic than the GOP revolution in Georgia.

Martial arts teaches how to take the weight and attack of your opponent to counter and use against him. This master stroke was nothing short of a martial arts take down.

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