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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Huckabee in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 5:55 AM

Mike Huckabee was one of only four candidates from both parties at a conference on Hurricane Katrina. Reuters quotes him as giving the government a "mixed review" on its response to Katrina. "Mixed" suggests the Bush administration did some things well. What? The grade is a continuing F, by even a forgiving standard. Huckabee himself graded A for Arkansas's response, as we've said before.

We were amused by John Edwards proposal for a "Brownie's Law." It would require that qualified people, not political hacks, lead key agencies. Practically, this is probably a non-starter. A fish rots at its head.

PS: The Times-Picayune account quotes Huckabee as speaking more forcefully:

As the former governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was widely lauded for how he oversaw the intake of 75,000 evacuees from New Orleans. On Monday, he blasted the Bush administration for an unfeeling, paper-pushing response to the catastrophe and endorsed "bending every rule, and even breaking a few" to treat disaster victims more humanely.

"We came to believe FEMA stood for Forget Expecting Meaningful Answers so we had to row our own boat," Huckabee said.


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