6,900,000,000,000 gallons of rain in one week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
And as always, it quickly becomes political. Republicans have already started up the “Obama’s Katrina” political blame machine, saying Obama failed in somehow in this natural disaster. He hasn’t showed his face in Baton Rouge, he’s still vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, and so on.
The political blame game is obvious in this one.
For starters, as far as I know the recent flooding in Baton Rouge isn’t as bad as Katrina. The Red Cross did say it’s the worst since Katrina.
Secondly, no scandal or critique has been made of Obama or FEMA’s reaction to the flooding.
For Bush, it was a big deal. Both Bush and republicans had made their intentions toward FEMA very clear. They weren’t friendly toward the agency, Obama however is.
FEMA director, Craig Fugate is dealing with the crisis appropriately. Furthermore, the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards advised Obama not to visit Baton Rouge because he would disrupt relief efforts.
The president will visit the area on Tuesday though.
And lastly, but most importantly, this isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to use Katrina as a political bludgeon against Obama. They’ve used it 23 times since 2009, on issues ranging from Ferguson, to the Paris attacks, to Ebola. Republicans have even blamed Obama for the actual Hurricane Katrina…
“A large number of Louisiana Republicans think President Barack Obama is to blame for the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday — despite the fact that the storm occurred three years before he took office.”
Republicans are grasping for straws.
It’s this type of “boy who cried wolf” political blame-gaming that waters down real issues. Instead of pushing every disaster as an Obama scandal, Republicans should be addressing these issues (while waiting for real scandals to land).
Just like the end of the world pseudo-prophets who claim the world will end one year and move it to the next when nothing happens, Republicans are falling into the same trap.
No one believes the end of the world nuts, except for fellow nuts. The rest just shake their head and walk away.