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The Donnybrook
Friday, February 10, 2006
The GOP's Double-Standard Of Local Officials' Involvement...

Remember the time period after Katrina destroyed the better part of the Gulf Coast when every Republican to the right of Chris Shays was screaming that it was the fault of the mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana that New Orleans was underwater?

Contrast that with what happened yesterday.

President Bush was crowing about a thwarted terrorist attack on Los Angeles back in 2002.

Four years ago...

This story was news to everyone. Including the Mayor of Los Angeles. He was left completely out of the loop, even though it was his city that got stirred into a minor panic yesterday. So much for the Republican talking point about local officials being involved in major security issues.

Now, Antonio Villaraigosa wasn't the mayor back in 2002, but it seems to me that this is exactly the kind of information the Bush Administration would share with him specifically before going public with the information in order to make up for the fact that Bush didn't get a bounce from his State of the Union speech.

Go figure...

P.S. Getting back to Katrina, it turns out the Bush administration did know the levees had been breached, even though they swore at the time that they didn't.

Sleep tight with that floating around in your head...


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