Country devastated: Democrats ecstatic.

One after the other, liberal after liberal takes the opportunity to be gracious and inspiring, to unite and not divide, to lift up and not tear down, to bring America together and help their fellow Americans— and then they just flush it down the toilet in the most petty, shallow, baseless, and vindictive partisan attacks I’ve ever seen.

I understand having a strong political viewpoint: I've got one myself. But the left has finally crossed a line of decency and honesty that even I thought unimaginable.

I would think that even if I somehow felt I had a legitimate grievance with the President, that in the face of this natural disaster I might consider temporarily putting aside my overwhelmingly vengeful desire to lash out politically, even if it is only to avoid appearing to be small minded, recklessly spiteful, and unendearingly vengeful. ...But then I'm not a liberal.

It's obvious that the animus is not merely about Katrina, but about Iraq, about the declining influence of liberalism, and yet another recent election lost. Taken by itself, whatever actual 'failure' which can truly be laid at Bush's feet alone would not elicit this kind of a response from any other President in years gone by. The left's critique of Bush is entirely out of proportion with anything he actually did or didn't do here. In fact, these attacks are some of the shallowest displays of pure spitefulness that I have ever seen.

The onus for making this natural disaster a political one lays purely and squarely on the heads of the left.

Bush wants people to die

"This President is never gonna do the right thing. I think somewhere deep down inside him he takes a lot of joy about losing people, if he thinks they vote Democrat or if he thinks they're poor, or if he thinks they're in a blue state, whatever his reasons are not to rescue those people who are (planning?) for their safety." Randy Rhodes, on AirAmerica

Visiting the states devastated by the hurricane is a, "callous political move."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was not impressed. "President Bush's visit today is just another callous political move crafted by Karl Rove," he said, referring to Mr. Bush's chief political adviser.

"This is one failure we will not allow Rove and the GOP attack machine to spin away with their usual barrage of photo ops, misinformation, smear campaigns and press conferences," Mr. Dean added. Howard Dean

Bush is an incompetent racist who caused the levies to break by not funding them.

Racism is partly to blame for the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, calling President Bush's response to the disaster "incompetent."

...The civil rights leader said the flooding that caused thousands to be trapped inside the city was caused by a lack of federal funding for its levee system and hurricane planning. Jesse Jackson

Blaming Bush while accusing him of blaming others (for his failure to violate the constitution and just "take charge")

"Instead of unconscionably blaming others, President Bush must take charge and take responsibility, and must get it right, and that is my concern and the message that I will bring to the president," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. "Mr. President, you should have taken charge and you should have taken responsibility." Nancy Pilosi

Bush is an idiot -and incompetent- and was on vacation!

"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she said of Mr. Bush.

Mr. Reid, in a letter to the chairman of the Senate committee that will hold hearings on what went wrong in the hurricane response, asked: "How much time did the president spend dealing with this emerging crisis while he was on vacation?" and "Why didn't President Bush immediately return to Washington from his vacation?" washtimes

Bush is exploiting this tragedy-- be outraged and make a donation to the DNC!

WASHINGTON -- A new Democratic effort to whip up indignation about the Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina also tried to raise money for Democratic candidates.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat and the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued an appeal Thursday urging people to sign an online petition to fire the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency over his handling of the Katrina response.

After an inquiry from the Associated Press, the DSCC quickly pulled down the page and said they would donate to charity any money raised by the anti-FEMA petition.

When recipients clicked on a link to the petition, the top center of the screen _ above the call to "Fire the FEMA director" _ had asked for a donation to the DSCC.

Other DSCC Web pages have the same appeal for contributions, but several do not. newsday.com

Bush is a racist, and John Roberts is too!

Democrats shift strategy on Roberts... Plan to use Katrina to highlight racial and economic divide

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said yesterday that they will invoke the vast disparities in income and living conditions laid bare by the Hurricane Katrina disaster to sharpen their questioning of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. at his confirmation hearings next week.

The scenes of devastation featuring primarily poor African-American residents in New Orleans have highlighted the widening gap between rich and poor, said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.
boston.com

Bush says, "those people not worth saving?"

"Later today, a delegation of MoveOn members who were evacuated from New Orleans will deliver a petition to President Bush demanding he stop blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina and focus on helping them. You're invited to join them at a peaceful protest and picket outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 1:00 PM today, Thursday. Together we'll send the message that the White House blame-shifting is shameful and raise awareness about public anger over the Bush administration failures."

"Last night I met the Hurricane evacuees who will join us today. Iona Renfroe, from New Orleans, was rescued via helicopter from the rooftop of her neighbor's two-story house last Wednesday. Iona told me, 'It just makes me so angry that my country, my government would say that I’m not worth saving.'"
nationalreview.com

[MoveOn.org proposed ad:] "the ad then suggests that minorities could suffer if the Senate confirms Roberts.

Bush is a racist. Slow response is on purpose and national guard sent with orders to kill blacks.

And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black...

--with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!

...George Bush doesn't care about black people!
Kayne West

Bush is insensitive, uncompassionate, rascist, and incompetent.

Jackson questioned why Bush has not named blacks to top positions in the federal response to the disaster, particularly when the majority of victims remaining stranded in New Orleans are black: "How can blacks be locked out of the leadership, and trapped in the suffering?"

"It is that lack of sensitivity and compassion that represents a kind of incompetence."

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, head of the military task force overseeing operations in the three states, is black. His task force is providing search and rescue, medical help and sending supplies to the three states in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Jesse Jackson

Is this really how we act when it's time to come together?

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 9, 2005 4:04 PM