Inside the Beltway
The man former President George W. Bush once called “Brownie” has emerged with his own take on the nation’s clashes with nature, a phenomenon that has been most keenly felt in recent weeks. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown — now a Colorado talk radio host — offers his own take on it all in “Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond.” The 232-page book will be in stores and available online later this week.
“It was a perfect political storm that would one day make or break careers, including mine,” Mr. Brown says. “Hurricane Katrina happened during a Republican administration, but the harsh realities transcend political parties, economics, age, race, or ethnic origins. In one form or another, we are too often a nation in denial.”
The media shelf life of Rep. Anthony D. Weiner’s underpants scandal could be extended by some partisan shoving in the blogosphere. The progressive Daily Kos has accused BigHollywood.com founder Andrew Breitbart of orchestrating the “faux scandal” against the New York Democrat that involved a lewd photo of men’s briefs, a college co-ed and a hacked Twitter account.
“So a liberal congressman basically stands accused of sending a highly inappropriate Tweet, while a right-wing blogger basically stands accused of setting him up,” observes Daily Caller political blogger Mickey Kaus.
“They could both be innocent, of course. Or not. But this isn’t a case of he said/he said. There are electronic records of all these actions. If both of the accused open up their computers to a neutral, third party tech nerd — who doesn’t have to be in law enforcement — it should be possible to find out fairly quickly if either/both/none of them is culpable, no? The truth is in there,” Mr. Kaus concludes.
THE CANDIDATE SHUFFLE
Republicans with a presidential glint in their eyes descend on Washington from elsewhere in about 48 hours. Among the confirmed speakers at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s conference and strategy meeting that begins Friday: Mitt Romney — who announces his White House bid on a farm in the wee town of Stratham, N.H., on Thursday — plus Herman Cain, fresh from an appearance with the Howard County Republican Central Committee in Maryland.
Donald Trump is also a confirmed speaker, and already at work on his yet to be titled politics and policy book for Regnery Publishing, due to be on bookshelves at summer’s end. On the roster of probable speakers at the event: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota - who meets with New Hampshire Republicans in Concord on Tuesday — plus Rep. Ron Paulof Texas and Tim Pawlenty.
ZOMBIE ACT TWO
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to capitalize on a certain giddy humor that unexpectedly resonated with press and public. The federal agency recently warned that in the event of a zombie attack, first responders and health officials were prepared to deal with the walking dead. The official announcement included practical emergency advice; the antic worked. The CDC got much buzz from incredulous but amused journalists, while citizens actually paid attention to the recommendations.
The method continues.
“First there were zombies; then came hurricanes,” observe FEMA administrator Craig Fugate and Ali S. Khan, assistant Surgeon General and director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
“With June 1st only days away, FEMA, CDC and the rest of the team are busy preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. And now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, you can start preparing for hurricane season, too,” the pair say in a cheeky blog that also incorporates official hurricane recommendations.
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