One of our editors is registered with MoveOn.org's mailing list (he doesn't have the blood pressure issues, apparently), and he recently forwarded along this priceless nugget about how MoveOn is gonna help out the victims of Katrina:
Dear MoveOn member in the D.C. area:
Tomorrow four MoveOn members who were evacuated from New Orleans will travel to Washington, DC to deliver a petition to President Bush demanding he stop blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including state and local officials, for the poor rescue and relief effort and focus on helping them.
You're invited to join them at a peaceful protest and picket outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 1:00 PM tomorrow, Thursday. Together we'll send the message that the White House blame-shifting is shameful and raise awareness about public anger over the Bush administration failures.
(insert details, times and places here)
It is important as Congress returns and the Bush administration tries to cover over their failures last week that a surge in public concern forces the Bush administration to take care of Hurricane victims.
Where to begin? First, if there is "public anger" over the Bush administration's handling of the hurricane, wouldn't the public be aware of it? Can you not just honestly admit that you're trying to manufacture public anger, not "raise awareness" of it?
The truth, of course, is that the public isn't blaming Bush and further that the "blame Bush" numbers are falling. I guess, in the immediate aftermath, almost half of the people thought it was reasonable to blame Bush. Then, when it became apparent who was carrying the "blame Bush" banner, it suddenly didn't seem so reasonable at all. Or, in an alternate theory of causation, people realized it wasn't reasonable to blame Bush, and then noticed who was still carrying the "blame Bush" banner.
In either case, I predict that the spectacle of this parade, should it actually garner any attention whatsoever, will not be helpful to any Katrina victims (besides the four "protestors", who may have benefited from a free plane-ticket and lunch at Ben and Jerry's), and will contribute to the further marginalization of the Internet Left.
At least some good will come out of it.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats said yesterday that they will invoke the vast disparities in income and living conditions laid bare by the Hurricane Katrina disaster to sharpen their questioning of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. at his confirmation hearings next week.
The scenes of devastation featuring primarily poor African-American residents in New Orleans have highlighted the widening gap between rich and poor, said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.
Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said he, too, will pursue questions raised by Katrina in the Roberts hearings. In addition, civil rights leaders whom Democrats have called to appear at the hearings said they also intend to refer to the scenes from the hurricane-ravaged region.