Friday, June 06, 2008

Worse than a Scuzzbucket

Karl Rove - destination: hell

exceprt from the link, which is an excerpt from "Machiavelli's Shadow: The Rise & Fall of Karl Rove" by Paul Alexander

Instead of supplying relief to the city, Rove had devised a scheme whereby he could blame the failure of government to take action on someone besides Bush. "They looked around," Landrieu says, "and they found a Democratic governor and an African American Democratic mayor who had never held office before in his life before he was mayor of New Orleans -- someone they knew they could manipulate. Ray Nagin had never held public office and here he was the mayor of New Orleans and it was going underwater."

In short, Rove was going to blame Blanco for the failure of the response in Louisiana, and to do that he was going to use Nagin. He had already set the plan in motion on Tuesday with Nagin, who, even though he was a Democrat, was so close to the Republican Party that some members of the African American community in New Orleans called him "Ray Reagan." In 2000, Nagin had actually contributed $2,000 to Bush's campaign when he ran for president.

Michael Homan echoes my sentiments here

1 comment:

K. said...

FYI, I summarize the day-by-day events of this chapter from the book here: