Bush Brings New Level of Energy -- Not to Katrina -- But to His Personal Political CrisisQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|It's almost awe-inspiring to see the level of energy and coordination the Bush White House can bring to bear in a genuine crisis. Not hurricane Katrina, of course, but the political crisis they now find rising around them. As we noted yesterday, the storyline and the outlines of the attack are now clear: pin the blame for the debacle on state and local authorities. So, let's get all the facts out on the table now. And let's not be afraid to let them all fall where they may. There's no need to make saints of Gov. Blanco or Mayor Nagin. In such a storm of error as this, it would not surprise me if they made a number of them too. But the reason you have a federal government and particularly a FEMA in cases like this is that it is in the nature of local and state authorities to be at least partly overwhelmed in disasters of this magnitude -- MARSHALL|
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