Friday, February 10, 2006

Republicans call Bush "disengaged"

Update on the Katrina aftermath in the NY Times today, "White House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm" just as Brownie is set to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Friday. And it seems that there may be some Republican talking points at play here. But not the kind you'd think! Let's look at what the Republicans leading the congressional investigations have to say:
Representative Thomas M. Davis III, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the special House committee investigating the hurricane response, said the only government agency that performed well was the National Weather Service, which correctly predicted the force of the storm. But no one heeded the message, he said.

"The president is still at his ranch, the vice president is still fly-fishing in Wyoming, the president's chief of staff is in Maine," Mr. Davis said. "In retrospect, don't you think it would have been better to pull together? They should have had better leadership. It is disengagement."
Thanks very much Representative Davis, you're actually reminding us of those fleeting days following Katrina when politicians were actually truth-telling and not spinning. And there's more:
But Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said it was obvious to her in retrospect that Mr. Chertoff, perhaps in deference to Mr. Brown's authority, was not paying close enough attention to the events in New Orleans and that the federal response to the disaster may have been slowed as a result.

"Secretary Chertoff was too disengaged from the process," Ms. Collins said in an interview.
(emphasis added)
"Disengaged," "disengagement"...Impolitical loves these Republican talking points of the day, let's keep it up shall we?