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    27 September 2005

    Mike 'brownie' Brown plays the blame game

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    Former FEMA director Michael Brown blamed others for most government failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday, especially Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. He aggressively defended his own role.


    "My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional," two days before the storm hit, Brown told the panel.

    Upon reading this my first instinct was to grab Brown by the throat and shake the BS out of him. Screaming "You don't shift blame like that, not when your at the helm of a major gov't outfit you f'n hack." I mean what is he, a Republican?

    But then, while talking to a friend, I began to realize that he may have become the Repub fall guy for the Katrina disaster. I can sort of understand defending yourself over party. But this is a Republican, they don't do that. For them it's party over everything. That's the way it is for them.

    fortunately, no one is buying it;
    His efforts to shift blame drew sharp criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

    "I'm happy you left," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. "That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren't capable of doing that job."

    Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., told Brown: "The disconnect was, people thought there was some federal expertise out there. There wasn't. Not from you."


    Brown's testimony drew a scathing response from Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), D-La.

    "I find it absolutely stunning that this hearing would start out with you, Mr. Brown, laying the blame for FEMA's failings at the feet of the governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans."

    And in a testy exchange, Shays compared Brown's performance unfavorably with that of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    "So I guess you want me to be the superhero, to step in there and take everyone out of New Orleans," Brown said.

    "What I wanted you to do is do your job and coordinate," Shays retorted.


    In Baton Rouge, La., Blanco's press secretary, Denise Bottcher, ridiculed Brown's line of attack. "Mike Brown wasn't engaged then, and he surely isn't now. He should have been watching CNN instead of the Disney Channel," Bottcher said.

    But to sum up my feelings, Tom Davis, R-Va
    "At the end of the day, I suspect that we'll find that government at all levels failed the people of Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and the Gulf Coast," said Davis.

    Apparently brownie still gets a paycheck from the gov't!! Sighhhhh.

    Posted by Geoff

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