Monday, September 19, 2005

The Democrats' A Team

John Kerry, John Edwards, and Cindy Sheehan all made the news today. Kerry and Edwards graced the headlines for blasting Bush at separate speeches at Brown University, and the Center for American Progress (a liberal think tank in DC), respectively. The twosome who ran for the presidency in 2004 (and lost) seem to be getting a very early start on the 2008 election campaign. Kerry was back to his old tactics of brutally criticizing the administration with harsh rhetoric and little reliance on facts. His speech focused on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, in which he blamed the Bush administration for nearly all of the failures related to the relief effort.

It appears that conveniently forgetting how things actually are is gaining popularity in the Democratic Party these days. Or maybe the Democrats just don't bother reading anything other than MSM agenda journalism. While Kerry rants about "the administration's failure" his time would be better spent getting in touch with reality. He might consider this article from the post-gazette last week. Key graphs:

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne.

For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three.

Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and apparently have little interest in finding out.

So they libel as a 'national disgrace' the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in world history."

He could also look here. And here.

I would give the same advice to former Senator Edwards, who spent his time speaking about poverty in the wake of the Hurricane. He noted that "if the Great Depression brought forth Hoovervilles, these trailer towns may someday be known as Bushvilles." It's amazing to me that Edwards would think this comparison is even remotely warranted (It's not). Nonetheless, I will take up the same position as the RNC. From AP:

"The Republican National Committee said that while the country has pulled together during the crisis, 'Democrats' efforts to politicize this tragedy are unsavory at best.' The GOP organization said of Kerry's criticism: 'Such tactics haven't served him well in the past and today is no exception.'"

As for Cindy Sheehan, well, all she is after is attention and publicity.