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SurveyUSA: Barbour, Riley, Easley, Perdue and Perry up, Blanco down

From this:

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour-R went up 26 points in "Net Job Approval" from August to September, the largest increase of any of 6 Governors directly affected by hurricanes in the past month, and the largest increase of any Governor in the country, according to 50 separate but concurrent public opinion polls released today by SurveyUSA.
Barbour went from a Minus 7 Net Job Approval in August to a Plus 19 Net Job Approval today, a 26-point increase. Net Job Approval is calculated by taking the number of state residents who Approve of a Governor's performance and subtracting the number who Disapprove.
4 other Governors affected by hurricanes also surged:
-- Alabama's Bob Riley-R went from Net Zero in August to Plus 21 today, a 21-point increase.
-- North Carolina's Mike Easley-D went from Plus 15 in August to Plus 34 today, a 19-point increase. (NC was hit by Ophelia in the days immediately prior to these interviews.)
-- Georgia' Sonny Perdue-R went from Plus 9 in August to Plus 27 today, an 18-point increase.
-- Texas' Rick Perry-R went from Minus 13 in August to Plus 4 today, a 17-point increase.

Meanwhile, Blanco had a 22-point drop.

"Blanco responds to questions about storm and its aftermath"

There's an interview with her here. Someone please summarize the important parts.

Impeach Kathleen Blanco!

There's a web site that's trying to do just that: I don't know who's behind it, and there isn't much there. And, almost every single one of their outbound links uses the nofollow tag for some reason, perhaps having to do with their CMS, or perhaps they're trying to hoard. Odd.
A little more here, including this completely unconfirmed bit:

I asked about who the registrar was for and I was told "InTouch Commnications". I asked "So, your company is represents clients on their websites and domain name registrations? And he said "Yes, that's what we do here. Louisiana politics is notoriously corrupt, and our client would like a bit of anonymity."

Let the speculating begin!
Blanco herself, trying to find out who her enemies are?
Nagin or Landrieu?
9/20/05 UPDATE: The site appears to be run by one Chuck DeWitt, mentioned here and here. There's a state rep named Charles DeWitt, but whether it's him is somewhat doubtful. Developing...

Dem leader sends 300,000 bbls oil to Gulf Coast

A ship with 300,000 barrels of oil is speeding its way to the Gulf Coast, courtesy of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias, VHeadline reports:

The President as confirmed that before traveling to New York to attend the UN summit, Louisiana State Governor Kathleen Blanco phoned the Venezuelan President accepting his offer of help.

Kathleen Blanco: I Should Have Called the Military

From this:

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's abrupt decision Wednesday night to take responsibility for her state's inadequate response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster followed an inadvertent confession that was caught on camera where Blanco admitted she blew it.
"I really should have called for the military," Blanco said, while chatting with her press secretary in between TV interviews. "I really should have started that in the first call."
Unbeknownst to Blanco, her bombshell acknowledgment was recorded on a network satellite feed, and by Tuesday the clip was getting wide exposure in Louisiana news broadcasts...
Some say Blanco's blooper was responsible for the abrupt change of tone in her speech Wednesday night to the Louisiana legislature...

Blanco spksmn: Brownie's remarks "totally inaccurate"

I'd suggest waiting for the investigation, but in the meantime:

[Former FEMA head Michael Brown] tells the New York Times that Louisiana authorities were "out of control" and that Governor Kathleen Blanco's staffers were unable to organize a response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina...
...But a spokesman says Brown's latest assertions are "totally inaccurate."

Blanco: "as your governor, I take full responsibility"

Yet another weasly attempt at kinda, sorta accepting responsibility, this time from Gov. Kathleen Blanco. From CNN's "Louisiana's Blanco vows to rebuild":

Blanco... conceded "there were failures at every level of government, state, federal and local," in the response to the disaster.
"At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again," Blanco said. "The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility."
While Blanco has at times been critical of federal relief efforts, she thanked President Bush and called him a "friend and partner" to the people of her state. She also thanked Congress for quickly appropriating billions in hurricane relief.
"We cannot rebuild without you," she said.

Indeed, you can't. The fact that the rebuilding is going to be almost completely paid for by the feds might help explain her "friend and partner" remarks.
Note that CNN says she spoke "Wednesday evening". Yet, over at the Soros-funded MMFA, they called the WSJ to task for saying that Bush is the only one so far who's taken responsibility. As pointed out in comments, that might have been true at the time the editorial was written.
There's a video from CSPAN of Blanco speaking here. The darn thing's 10 minutes long and after a few minutes I started dragging the slider to the right. But, I don't think the remarks above are on that clip. There is, however, a lot in there about jobs and housing. And lots of federal money.

Michael Brown blames Blanco; White House blames Brown

From "Ex-FEMA Chief Tells of Frustration and Chaos":

Hours after Hurricane Katrina passed New Orleans on Aug. 29, as the scale of the catastrophe became clear, Michael D. Brown recalls, he placed frantic calls to his boss, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, and to the office of the White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr.
Mr. Brown, then director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he told the officials in Washington that the Louisiana governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and her staff were proving incapable of organizing a coherent state effort and that his field officers in the city were reporting an "out of control" situation...
..."I truly believed the White House was not at fault here," he said.
He focused much of his criticism on Governor Blanco, contrasting what he described as her confused response with far more agile mobilizations in Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in Florida during last year's hurricanes.
But Mr. Brown's account, in which he described making "a blur of calls" all week to Mr. Chertoff, Mr. Card and Mr. Hagin, suggested that Mr. Bush, or at least his top aides, were informed early and repeatedly by the top federal official at the scene that state and local authorities were overwhelmed and that the overall response was going badly.
A senior administration official said Wednesday night that White House officials recalled the conversations with Mr. Brown but did not believe they had the urgency or desperation he described in the interview...
[Brown] said his biggest mistake was in waiting until the end of the day on Aug. 30 to ask the White House explicitly to take over the response from FEMA and state officials...

There are more claims and counterclaims, but at this point it's hard to tell who's telling the truth.
Some interesting bits are highlighted here.

Laissez les bons temps rouler avec Reine Blanco

There are pictures of Governor Kathleen Blanco in happier times here, including one with her as the Queen of the Festival.

CRS: Blanco took all necessary steps to get federal assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is supposedly a nonpartisan research agency for Congress. They've released a report that apparently says that Governor Kathleen Blanco took all the steps that she should have in order to obtain federal assistance.
The report is in this 2.7 Meg PDF file, and John Conyers' summary is in this small PDF file.
The large file is a multi-page, hard-to-read FAX which I'll let someone else wade through.
From Conyers' press release:

In addition to finding that " would appear that the Governor did take the steps necessary to request emergency and major disaster declarations for the State of Louisiana in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina. (p.11)" The report found that:
-- All necessary conditions for federal relief were met on August 28. Pursuant to Section 502 of the Stafford Act, "(t)he declaration of an emergency by the President makes Federal emergency assistance available," and the President made such a declaration on August 28. The public record indicates that several additional days passed before such assistance was actually made available to the State;
-- The Governor must make a timely request for such assistance, which meets the requirements of federal law. The report states that "(e)xcept to the extent that an emergency involves primarily Federal interests, both declarations of major disaster and declarations of emergency must be triggered by a request to the President from the Governor of the affected state";
-- The Governor did indeed make such a request, which was both timely and in compliance with federal law. The report finds that "Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco requested by letter dated August 27, 2005...that the President declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for the time period from August 26, 2005 and continuing pursuant to (applicable Federal statute)" and "Governor Blanco's August 27, 2005 request for an emergency declaration also included her determination...that 'the incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of disaster."

There's a start of a discussion on this here or here, and please leave any interesting questions on the report in comments.


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