Like most nostalgia, the excessive coverage this weekend of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina signified a yearning for happier days from the past. In this case, it was the yearning of the MSM and President Obama for the happy days when Republicans were the ones having their competence questioned and feeling the ire of the public.
But Bill Otis finds deeper, more ominous significance in the weakend of wallowing:
Out of all the coverage, one thing strikes me as mind-blowingly absent, even from the few conservative commenters who’ve talked about it: Isn’t the real scandal here that, after FIVE YEARS, people down there are still bellowing for federal dollars, rather than being expected to stand on their own feet? One year of help, fine; maybe two years. But if you haven’t taken care of your own business after five years, the problem is not with George Bush or even Barack Obama. The problem is with you.
Has the country so lost its moorings, or become so persuaded that adults are really helpless infants, or become so afraid of the rote charge of racism, that no one will ask this question?
Yes to all of the above, I fear.