Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Helping Those Who Help Themselves

Good news! The White House at last will have that pesky hurricane problem under control, for as the New York Times reports:

The White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.


The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and his communications director, Dan Bartlett. It began late last week after Congressional Republicans called White House officials to register alarm about what they saw as a feeble response by Mr. Bush to the hurricane, according to Republican Congressional aides.


One Republican with knowledge of the effort said that Mr. Rove had told administration officials not to respond to Democratic attacks on Mr. Bush's handling of the hurricane in the belief that the president was in a weak moment and that the administration should not appear to be seen now as being blatantly political.

For as we all know, when Karl Rove gets involved, it has nothing to do with politics. Character assassination, outright lies and mudslinging, sure, but not politics. As part of the plan, the article discusses how numerous White House officials have been sent out to the stricken region to "show we care." Lucky Condi Rice even gets to show she cares in new shoes and it is rumored will be teaching evacuees to sing a cute ditty she just learned, "Always Look at the Bright Side of Life."

As for VP Dick Cheeney, who originally seemed missing in action, he's about ready to come out and help now that he's first made sure that some old friends of his are OK after the disaster.


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