Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Accountability Moment

There is now officially an effort to oust Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco from office because of her poor performance during Hurricane Katrina.

I think it's a great idea. Blanco was an utter failure during the disaster, exhibiting little of the leadership that the moment called for. The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was hog-tied by a lack of resources and a city whose emergency infastructure was destroyed, but at least he had the good sense to raise his voice and speak honestly about the situation. He was the very word of frustration and anger over the helplessness of his city. Blanco had far more resources at her disposal(though hardly enough to handle the emergency) but she seemed frozen, unable to either speak truth like Nagin or move as swiftly as was so desperately needed. You could see in her eyes that her career was slipping through her fingers, and she didn't know what to do.

As for the man who actually could have marshalled the resources to respond adequately, well, we don't have recall elections for the Presidency, I'm afraid.

I consider myself a partisan Democrat. But when someone screws up, I don't believe that you reward them with medals.

Besides, Mitch Landrieu would make a fine Governor.