It’s not about politics, it’s about the fact that people are dying because you’re a dumbfuck. From the New York Times on the “politics.”
White House officials, already sensitive that Mr. Bush is suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and under pressure to manage a catastrophe of what they called biblical proportions, reacted with frustration.
“Seventy-two hours into this, to be openly posturing about this, to be attacking the president, is not only despicable and wrong, it’s not politically smart,” said one White House official who asked not to be named because he did not want to be seen as talking about the crisis in political terms. “Normal people at home understand that it’s not the president who’s responsible for this, it’s the hurricane. This will get better, hour by hour and day by day.”
Not politically smart? Nice warning, asshole. It’s not the hurricane. It’s the totally lack of help from the federal government AFTER the hurricane. People aren’t dying because of the storm; they survived the storm. They’re dying because they’re not receiving disaster aid, and that is Bush’s fault.
And Americablog has a really good point — If we can find who to blame, we can fix the problem of why people aren’t getting aid by doing it differently. It’s not about trashing people, it’s about getting useless people to do something different, or at least get the hell out of the way.