It's hard to stay on top of the outrageous things coming out of public officials' mouths lately on Katrina. Just today, the Wall Street Journal reported this:
Two shaky House incumbents, Democrat Melancon and Republican Boustany, hope response to hurricane rallies voters behind them. House Republican campaign chief Reynolds touts chance to market conservative social-policy solutions; Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did."
Baker explains later he didn’t intend flippancy but has long wanted to improve low-income housing. (emphasis added)
Quickest to pick up on this is a blogger who calls himself the Republic of T, who also helpfully publishes Baker's phone number and e-mail address:
Didn’t intend the flippancy? Is that another way of saying "I didn’t know anyone else was listening?" Just like Trent Lott, Dick Armey and others, this is just another example of how these people really talk and think when they think they’re in safe, sympathetic company.
Should a guy like this, with that kind of attitude about some of his own constituents, be in Congress? Maybe he needs to hear what people think about his comments.
To register your disgust, go directly to T's website here.
| Friday, September 9, 2005 11:51 AM