Brownie Points


President Bush, facing a political crisis over the government's handling of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, announced yesterday that he would lead his own investigation of what went wrong.

Yeah, sure, OK. Judge. Jury. And one assumes, Grande Marshall of his very own "not guilty" parade. Goodie!

Meanwhile, today, angry residents of the region tell the Veep to "Go fuck himself". It is still unclear why Dick was down there. On a humanitarian sight-seeing tour or making sure everything was in order for Haliburton and their big exclusive clean up contract. Yuck.

Man of the hour, embattled and suddenly invisible (where's he at?!) FEMA Director Michael "Brownie" Brown is still in place and the fact is, even if Bush did fire his buddy, the bureaucrat immediately below him is no disaster professional, either.

While Brownie ran horse shows, FEMA's number two man, Deputy Director and Chief of Staff Patrick Rhode (Rhodie?), was an advance man for the Bush-Cheney campaign and White House. Rhode's biography posted on FEMA's Web site doesn't indicate he has any real experience in emergency response.

In addition, the agency's former third-ranking official, Deputy Chief of Staff Scott Morris (Scottie?), was a PR expert who worked for Maverick Media, the Texas outfit that produced TV and radio spots for the Bush-Cheney campaign. In June, Morris moved to Florida to become FEMA's long-term recovery director.

Mannhattan Dem, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Bitchie?) put it nicely -

"The Bush administration has apparently transformed FEMA from a professional, world-class emergency responder into a dumping ground for former campaign staff and political hacks"

The more that comes to light here, the more I am convinced that Brownie is less to blame than W. If there is any justice this scandal will result in a real inquiry, an impeachment and Bush will ultimately be the architect of his own demise. And he's done a heck of a job at it.

A girl can dream, can't she?

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