Saturday, January 20, 2007

What’s in that Brownie?

Whatever it is, it makes you talk a lot:
Some in the White House suggested only Louisiana should be federalized because it was run by a Democrat, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, [Michael] Brown told a group of graduate students at a lecture on politics and emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York.


"Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it," he said.
Honestly, when I read “certain people” my antennae went up. I would love to know who these “certain people” were.

However, Brownie FM wasn’t transmitting:
Brown declined to say who in the White House had argued for only taking control of Louisiana, but said that he'd later learned of the situation through Blanco's office and from other officials on the federal level.
How can we believe his accusations if he can’t produce who said it? Plus, he says he heard about the statements secondhand and after the event.

I assume he’s being paid for these speaking engagements and that’s his motivation to keep on talking. But, if he also wants to clear his name, he needs to start providing evidence for his accusations. Simply saying other people screwed up too doesn’t make up for his screw ups.

Previously on Brownie FM:

The Legend of Michael Brown – where he says of Blanco and Nagin, “I felt like strangling them both” and scolds the people of New Orleans with “The government cannot save you.”

Why Is Michael Brown Still Talking? – where he solemnly relives the height of his infamy revealing how he should have responded after the President gave him a premature performance evaluation, “You just said I was doing a heck of a job, when I know things are going to heck in a handbasket.”

UPDATE: anonymous digs up a relevant article in the comments.


Anonymous said...

"Certain People" = "Official A" = Karl Rove

I thought we knew this already. Rove called on Aug 31st about federalization. Vitter relayed the info.

No admissions or confirmations of "playing politics" needed, the facts tell the story, and right now we only have Blanco's.

da po' boy said...

I remember that article.

We know that Bush (read: Rove) wanted to federalize the rescue. I have my personal opinion of why, but I have no evidence.

If Michael Brown can provide evidence of politics driving Bush's decisions immediately after the storm, I want to hear it. I've already heard all of his excuses.

Thanks for digging up that article.

Sophmom said...

I reckon this is all part of what Lieberman wants to help 'em keep quiet.