Hope’s All He Got Left

Over at the New Yorker, David Remnick catalogs the (preventable) mistakes of the last week:

Obviously, a hurricane is beyond human blame, and the political miscalculations that have come to light–the negligent planning, the delayed rescue and aid efforts, the thoroughly confused and uninspired political leadership–cannot all be laid at the feet of President Bush. But you could sense, watching him being interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America”–defensive, confused, overwhelmed–that he knew that he had delivered a series of feeble, vague, almost flippant speeches in the early days of the crisis, and that the only way to prevent further political damage was to inoculate himself with the inevitable call for non-partisanship: “I hope people don’t play politics during this period of time.”

Go ahead, man. Hope.

Thanks to Suzanne F. for the link.

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