This story deserves national headlines. However, this is the very first time I’ve heard of it. Gov. Kathleen Blanco is apparently getting a free pass because she is a Democrat. A Republican loyal to President Bush would be severely criticized. Jesse Jackson would be on the next plane. The NY Times would be relentless in its coverage.
"as soon as practicable" nice subtlety there but an election is already practical as well as praticable. By what authority would Nagin's term be extended? Executive fiat? "As soon as we figure out how to refill the moat." is more like it. I don't think she can. The rent seekers have dispersed to other cities and found that Mother's Day will occur regardless of location. The New Orleans moat was not well tended to begin with - extraordinarily dangerous really.Rent seekers are by definition apathetic - where is the incentive for them to return? What sort of bribe will Blanco be able to come up with to get them to return to what was the most dangerous of the Democratic moats?The true stakeholders are already back or on their way back. I imagine that they could come up with a way to hold a fair election. Mayor Nagin's decision to move to Dallas seems well founded.
DT,There's no doubt that were the current administrations of LA and NO Republican, and facing the possible electoral wrath of the voting public, there would be screaming from every rooftop to make sure that the elections were held on time and that every displaced person had an absentee ballot and every remaining resident had a personal escort and transport to whatever polling places could be made functional in time. But since it is Democrat administrations in jeopardy what the people of NOLA get is an indefinitely suspended election and we get nary a peep from the MSM.
I would not say it will be with nary a peep, they will just blame Karl Rove.Yesterday CNN did a story on people in New Orleans living in barns...guess who is at fault?So whether or not the locals get it together may depend entirely on whether or not they are forced to assume responsibility.
Terrye,Yesterday CNN did a story on people in New Orleans living in barns...guess who is at fault?How many barns can there be in New Orleans? But anyway, how is the fact that people in NO are "living in barns" the fault of the federal government in general or POTUS specifically? There are displaced people from NO living in all sorts of "shelter" all over the nation. One of the problems being faced in all the Katrina effected areas is sheltering those who are needed to work to clean up, rebuild, and even merely function in the routine portions of the surviving economy. Does some portion of our populace, and apparently that portion which works for CNN, believe that there is some magic way for the feds to provide "adequate" shelter for the people needed to clean up and rebuild shelter? What magic do people expect?
Another one of the running talking points we've been seeing recently is the notion that Bush et al would somehow prevent elections and hold power past Bush's elected term (see, eg, this post, and the Slate aricle quoted therein.)Now, compare this to Blanco's action, stopping an election the Democrats are likely to lose, or the last-minute replacement of Torricelli by Lautenberg in New Jersey. Add to this the election-fraud accusations, and compare them to actual convictions for election fraud in the last election.It's striking just how predictive moonbat accusations toward the Republican Party can be of actual Democrat tactics.I wonder if we should be concerned about Democrat hacking of Diebold voting machines?
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