Monday, December 12, 2005

Politics, as usual

MSNBC has made Meet the Press available online as of December 11. During the roundtable that day with Mike Allen of Time Magazine, David Brooks of the New York Times, and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, Allen said, "A presidential adviser told me that that issue has fallen so far off the radar screen, you can't even find it."

Dionne explains why:
MR. DIONNE: You know, it's remarkable, one month and the war on poverty was over. I mean, it's the shortest war on poverty on record. All kinds of columnists, David and me included, were writing columns about different approaches to deep problems that Katrina unearthed... And I think with the president, what you saw is that he spoke obsessively about New Orleans in the period when Katrina and the reaction to Katrina was a huge drag on his presidency. Now, it's obvious that they see any mention of Katrina will remind people of those bad old days, and so they just want to shove it aside...
It's politics over policy still and again. They don't care about New Orleans. They don't care about you, or me. (If you were someone they cared about, you certainly wouldn't be reading my words.) They care only for what's in it for them.

Transcript here.
Video here.


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