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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Unemotional Responses To Emergencies Are Appreciated

More on reasoned responses to calamity. Mark Steyn explains how the Democrat play-book continues to show they only call draws when it is third and long (anybody get the analogy and who won the Eagles game last night?):

[L]et's go to Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. At a meeting in the White House last week, she had the guts to walk up to the flailing Bush and demand he immediately fire the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Why?" asked Bush.

"Well," said Mrs Pelosi, and then paused. "For everything." Another pause. "It was so slow."

"Thank you for your advice," said the President drily.

I'm often dismissed as a Bush cheerleader, though I disagree with him on immigration, education and bombing Syria. But come on, a guy doesn't have to be great to be better than Nancy Pelosi, the armchair general of armchair generalities.

These days, the Republicans are the party of small government and the party of big government, and the party of all points in between. The Democrats, meanwhile, are the party of emotive know-nothings, the go-to guys for soap-operatic sobbing and righteous histrionics. You can understand why the 24-hour cable-news networks love the Dems. Just stick a camera in front of New Orleans's Mayor Nagin: "To those who would criticise, where the hell were you?" he roared the other day. "Where the hell were you?" In a town you're not the mayor of, happily. That's how most Americans react. But the media think, wow, this is great television, he really socks it to Bush. And, if life were an especially bad daytime soap, he would. But ask Democrats for specifics and they're either as blank as Mrs Pelosi or as mired in their ancient tropes as Jesse Jackson, who demanded Bush appoint more high-ranking blacks to the hurricane relief effort. Charges of Republican "racism" rang particularly hollow in the context of New Orleans, where sodden blacks might be better advised to ponder what they have to show for being a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party for four decades.

I am with Steyn on having problems with Bush on "immigration, education and bombing Syria" and I'll add government growth, expanded entitlements, trade inhibitors, not vetoeing campaign finance laws. But give me a calm reaction to an emergency and allowing the pros to do the jobs they are trained for over caterwauling and "feel your pain" politics any day.

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