09 September 2005

Compassionate Conservatism among casualties of Katrina

As the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina unfolds on television, Americans are increasingly disgusted with the lack of leadership shown by the Bush administration. President George W. Bush has scored low marks with the American people, with an overwhelming majority saying that he botched the handling of the infamous category 5 hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast two weeks ago.

According to a recent CBS poll, only 38 percent of Americans approved of Bush's response to the hurricane, while Zogby found only 36 percent of Americans approved of President Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. The Pew Research Center had the worst news for Bush, showing only 28 percent of Americans approving of Bush's response to the hurricane [PDF - 84 KB].

The Bush White House is desperately trying to salvage their public relations nightmare. Today, the Brownie was out and the girl scout was in. Michael D. Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was ousted from his position overseeing the hurricane cleanup, and former Bush Communication czar, Karen Hughes was brought in as the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy. If anyone can spin the White House out of this mess, it is the French-born Karen Hughes.

Unfortunately for Hughes, too many Republicans have gone off script and have given her more work than necessary. Republicans love to tell people that they care about average Americans, not just the rich ones. Sadly, no one's buying it. And this week, too many Republicans showed their true colors. Here are some memorable quotes by our favorite compassionate conservatives.

- Barbara Bush, showing that blue blood that has been a strong Bush family trait - 09/05/05

- RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, responding to the Democrats' call for accountability - 09/07/05

- RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, discussing the RNC's top priority as thousands of fellow Americans die in the South - 09/01/05 (only 3 days after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast)

- Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Texas), writing Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) and calling for a halt to emergency funds to the areas hithard by Hurricane Katrina - 09/07/05

- Congressman Richard Baker (R-Louisiana), overheard speaking to a group of lobbyists.

- Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) - 09-03 or 04/05

- Right-wing TV and radio commentator Bill O'Reilly - 09-02-05

- U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) - 08/31/05

- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina

- Michael D. Brown, DHS Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response


Blogger RightDemocrat said...

As a Democrat who favors an activist role by government and is conservative on social issues, I am one of the real and original real compassionate conservatives. Bush Republicans are neither compassionate or conservative.

Bush has tried to take away overtime from millions of American workers and cut a variety of programs which aid the poor. At the same time, Bush has pursued a misguided intervention in Iraq combined with tax cuts which have created a record deficit.

Republicans have lost all credibility in handling of the economy, Iraq and Katrina. Democrats could easily take advantage of the situation if they were not shackeled by politically correct party activists who are out of touch with mainstream Middle American values. To become a governing majority party, Democrats need to return to mainstream values on the family, the sanctity of life and the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

As a party, Democrats have to make it clear that they stand for a strong national defense and will take the necessary measures to protect our nation from terrorism such as securing the borders. Just bashing an incompetent lame-duck President will not create a Democratic majority.

2:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so true. Compassionate conservatism has been bullshit anyway. Katrina just made it clearer to everyone that conservates only care about themselves, not America.

10:08:00 AM  

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