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September 09, 2005

Sorry Mike, it wasn't the press

FEMA chief Michael Brown, departing the disaster scene he did so much to worsen, said that he was being scapegoated by the press.

No, Mike, not scapegoated. Held responsible. And not just by "the press."

Here's a partial, very partial, list of the places you're being held responsible:

The checkout line at the convenient store.
The next table over at the restaurant.
The hamburger stand at the fall festival.
The backyard barbecue.
At bars, etc, etc, etc.
People of every political stripe nodding agreement at each other.

Remember what ol' Abe Lincoln said 'bout not being able to fool all of the people all of the time.

But getting you off the scene of the immediate disaster is a half-step.

We don't want you in charge of the agency at all. We might need it, anytime.

Posted by jcb at September 9, 2005 12:56 PM


You're right, I don't think the old "blame the media" shtick is going to work this time. Everybody was watching events unfold, and it wasn't exactly a secret -- before the hurricane hit -- that a major city was likely to experience the much-dreaded "worst case scenario."

So if you are being paid to plan for such an event, you had better be poised and ready to go, which clearly nobody was. And no matter how much the state and local officials might have screwed up, the grand prize has to go to the feds because they are the Big Boys.

Or maybe not that Big if Mr. Brown is going to exit while whining that he's being picked on. No matter what happens to him, I'll bet he doesn't end up homeless and sitting in a pile of ---- with 30,000 other unlucky people.

Posted by: Vita at September 9, 2005 01:29 PM

Fully understanding what it means to be utterly unqualified for your position and failing mightily, the compassionate George W. Bush is averse to actually firing anyone. Thus, "Brownie" gets sent to the bench, but spared being fired.

If Bush history is any guide, Brown may well end up getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, or perhaps being promoted to an even higher position.

Posted by: TID at September 9, 2005 01:59 PM