Dealing with things the Rove way

September 5th, 2005 – 8:48 am
Tagged as: Politics

To the Bush administration, the important thing isn’t fixing the hurricane damage, it’s fixing the political damage caused by their incompetence.

Under the command of President Bush’s two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up to an extraordinary return visit by Mr. Bush planned for Monday, directed administration officials not to respond to attacks from Democrats on the relief efforts, and sought to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials, according to Republicans familiar with the White House plan.

Rove being in charge is why the White House’s political moves include things like lying to the Washington Post and Newsweek, rather than putting forward any proposals to actually fix the problems that Katrina made so glaringly obvious. Fortunately, it’s apparently not helping Bush’s latest poll numbers any.

[via Daily Kos and Atrios]

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