Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lock-Step Over the Cliff

Mayor C. Ray Nagin was reelected Saturday, overcoming a ceaseless barrage of criticism stemming from the chaos of Hurricane Katrina and the stalled recovery to achieve what many considered an improbable victory.

Despite calls by both candidates for unity across the historic barriers of race, the vote split largely along racial lines. Nagin won by gaining the support of about 80 percent of black voters and about 20 percent of white voters, according to election analyst Greg Rigamer.

What a great idea! Let's see: he exhibited complete and utter incompetence during Hurricane Kakillya--not only dropping the ball, but kicking it and running as fast as he could in the opposite direction; he blamed everyone but the benighted savages of Barsoom for the crisis' mismanagement, and still isn't ruling out their culpability; and with great gallantry and self-sacrifice, accepts zero blame for any of his failures. So it makes perfect sense that the good citizens of Nawleuhns would vote him back into office. After all, how can he continue being a useless, unrepentant beareaucrat, otherwise? This may be one of the most unprincipled, racially-motivated reelections on record.

I think the old saying applies: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

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