September 9, 2005


Ill wind may not blow to the Whitehouse (Newton Emerson, September 8, 2005, Irish Times, via

As the full horror of this sinks in, thousands of desperate columnists are asking if the Republican Party itself will now suffer a setback at the congressional mid-term elections next November.

The answer is almost certainly yes, provided that people outside the disaster zone punish their local representatives for events elsewhere a year previously, both beyond their control and outside their remit, while people inside the disaster zone reward their local representatives for an ongoing calamity they were supposed to prevent. Otherwise, the Democratic Party will suffer a setback at the next congressional election.

Sometimes, you encounter an essay so well conceived, containing such lapidary prose, that it makes writing seem very easy indeed. It's akin to watching pro ball players execute a crisp double play, and leads to absurd fantasies such as "Hey...that looks easy. I can do that as well as he can." Of course, you cannot. Watch as Newton Emerson calmly destroys hysterical rhetoric emanating from certain quarters regarding the Katrina aftermath.

Posted by Bruce Cleaver at September 9, 2005 1:08 PM

Lovely writing, that.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 9, 2005 1:25 PM

Requests troop assistance from whom?

Posted by: Sandy P at September 9, 2005 1:49 PM

Steynsian in its brilliance.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 9, 2005 3:06 PM

TV pundits -- he forgot the TV pundits. Chris Matthews, Aaron Brown, Keith Olbermann and the rest of the foreign and domestic hand wringers and finger-pointers will be insulted by the snub.

Posted by: John at September 9, 2005 3:10 PM

The essay hits the mark. Unfortunately the target is very large and cuts across political and ideological lines. The unifying theme of the noise issuing from the target has been emotionalism, presumption, and an utter lack of wisdom; in other words spoiled child tantrums. Infantilism rules.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 9, 2005 3:25 PM

Excellent read.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 3:39 PM

I'm still smiling.

It's Rove again.

Posted by: Genecis at September 9, 2005 4:37 PM

Gen, don't read the comments or that smile will be wiped off your face.

It's been a long time I haven't read leftie blogs. What a bunch of nonsense.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 6:39 PM


Thank you for bringing this column to our attention. Sometimes it takes a foreigner like de Toqueville (I'm assuming that Mr. Emerson is Irish) to turn the mirror on ourselves.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 9, 2005 7:53 PM

Fred -

You are welcome.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at September 9, 2005 9:17 PM


I was actually enheartened by the comments. While it does have its moonbat contributors, O'Toole and Emerson himself make some keen, insightful points about why this behavior is stupid even from a Bush-hating point of view. I particularly liked Emerson's comment on the Bush-bashing during the election and how the Medians liked it while the voters hated it.

Even the moonbats were mostly funny, especially the "intolerant of intolerance" guy. I had thought it was just a wee bit of figurative hyperbole on OJ's part but, there he was.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 10, 2005 12:10 AM