September 10, 2005

THE DAY THE SYMPATHY DIED:

On Cape Cod, evacuees share tales of horror: But 7 sex offenders ID'd among Katrina refugees (Joe Burns, September 10, 2005, Upper Cape Codder)

As they settled into their new home at Camp Edwards less than 24 hours after many were rescued from New Orleans, 209 evacuees wept tears of joy and despair.

But seven of those evacuees, whose criminal pasts in Louisiana would qualify them as registered sex offenders in Massachusetts, received a ruder welcome.

The Hurricane stopped being helpful to Democrats when they made it a racial issue. The more folks find out about New Orleans, its politics, and its people the less they care about what happened there--except for wanting it rebuilt enough that they stay there.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2005 12:00 AM
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Although the major blame undoubtedly lies with the incompetent mayor of NO and the pathetic governor of LA, I'm afraid the media have succeeded in destroying the President. He's radio-active right now. It wouldn't surprise me if the GOP were to be swept out of office in '06 in an even more devastating way than the Dems suffered in '94. Maybe it's time for Bush to fall on his sword, so as to save his party and the conservative ideas from going down with him.

Posted by: Peter at September 10, 2005 9:38 AM

Peter:

This is hardly the first time he's been "destroyed":

Loss in NH

DUI revealed

FL vote recount

Jeffords defection

9-11

Iraq War quaqmire

No WMD found

First Kerry debate

2004 exit poll leak

...

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2005 9:42 AM

...Valerie Plame...

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at September 10, 2005 10:01 AM

who?

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2005 10:06 AM

For the left, there's another danger from having instantly made this a racial issue. The more they pound this angle right now, the closer they get to spurring a very real and very angry backlash.

In the wake of Katrina, "white America" -- the left's term, not mine -- has been giving millions of dollars, countless hours and resources, and immeasurable amounts of prayer and emotional support. Yet it is still faced with cries of "YOU SUCK!" from those who present themselves as advocates for the beneficiaries.

And the left apparently doesn't even see how this could finally push things past the threshold, the point where it all backfires. People can endure only so much constant hammering by pseudeo-reality ("you're racist") before finally either exploding or giving up.

The left has been poking and prodding at America with this stuff for years. It may now be reaching the point of provocation.

Posted by: SP at September 10, 2005 10:07 AM

Peter. Chill out. The president is far from radioactive.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 10:07 AM

The real reason for GW's drop in the polls are high gas prices. If the price drops back to a more reasonable level, his poll numbers will be back in the upper 50's to 60 percent range.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at September 10, 2005 10:31 AM

Also, as the news comes out that this disaster was not as bad as predicted (see this story: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050910/ap_on_re_us/hurricane_katrina ) with fewer fatalaties, the water pumped out faster than thought possible, the treatment people received, etc. doesn't really help the Dems make their case and by 2006 this probably will not be much of an issure beyond LA and MS.

Posted by: Buttercup at September 10, 2005 11:07 AM

Well, Mr. Judd beat me to that link.

Posted by: Buttercup at September 10, 2005 11:19 AM

If there were any elections of major consequence in November of 2005, I might agree with Peter. But other than the governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia there aren't, and as bad as Katrina is, I doubt it's going to have an 14-month shelf life to the 2006 election, unless FEMA screws up again during next year's hurricane season. If most of the refineries, offshore oil rigs and pipelines are back in operation by early next year, the 2006 vote will be decided by what happens in 2006, while the major stories of 2005 (remember Gitmo?) will just be an afterthought.

Posted by: John at September 10, 2005 11:36 AM

The Left has been behaving like a sullen, foul-mouthed, black clad and metal faced teenager for the better part of a decade, (longer if you include Reagan years) and yet people persist in the notion that come '006 (or whatever the next election date is), the American people are going to just hand them the car keys, a case of beer, a handful of condoms and some credit cards and tell them to go have a good time.

Of course things are going to get better faster there than was initially "hoped". Is there ever a disaster in the last few decades which hasn't? Unless of course it's some big gov't response instead of doing like they did in the Northridge Quake aftermath, with the freeways were repaired in a few months instead of years, by cutting the bureauratic overload. Mississippi and Alabama will be just like Florida after its earthquakes, so if New Orleans lags behind, its because it and its leadership has revereted to its corrupt and incompetent business as usual.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 10, 2005 12:23 PM

Florida ... earthquakes ... D'oh!
(That's supposed to hurricanes, sigh. )

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 10, 2005 12:27 PM

BushRove is waiting for Katrina's autopsy before aggressively pursuing the evil-doers. Looks like they'll have the facts on their side.

The MSM has totally lost it over the prospect of 10,000 Black deaths. Today's Oregonian advocates an Imperial Presidency, encouraged to commandeer a state's National Guard and law enforcement agencies whenever the Federal Executive unilaterally decrees that lives are at stake. The nitwits don't actually say that, of course, but that's what it amounts to. I cancelled my subscription.

Posted by: ghostcat at September 10, 2005 2:37 PM

Bush has been a target for the elites ever since he said Jesus was his 'favorite' (most significant) philosopher. And when he gave Al Gore that sideways look during debate #1, he was marked for good as a dumb-*** smirker.

The GOP will gain seats in 2006, because the facts are on their side. The news that bodies at the Convention Center were mutilated (reported on CNN last night) is only going to widen the gap.

Did anyone else see Michael Eric Dyson on FOX, telling John Gibson that Bush hates black people? Even Juan Williams laughed at that, while Gibson ripped into Dyson.

The GOP may lose some momentum with its drive into the black community, but the Democrats are going to lose big time with the rest of the country. And the refugees are not going to be spokesmen for the Democrats, either. Nor will the scores of thousands of relief workers and Guardsmen, who will see and hear what happened in N.O. just before they arrived.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 10, 2005 6:51 PM

Peter - way overboard.

And if FEMA ably handles any hurricanes in FL, SC, etc it will help reenforce that LA and NO were due to local incompentence, not FEMA, and Bush will off the hook more.

Posted by: AWW at September 10, 2005 7:15 PM

Forgot to note - Here in MA I'm surrounded by hard core liberals/anti-Bush types. But even they are saying things like "why didn't they evacuate - are they idiots?" and "they're shooting at rescue workers - are they idiots?". I agree with OJ that the sympathy level will drop quickly if this keeps up.

Posted by: AWW at September 10, 2005 7:18 PM
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