Finally, a Plan
The Bush administration has finally put together a plan to deal with the Katrina crisis, reports the New York Times:
White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 – Under the command of President Bush’s two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
[The administration] orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up to an extraordinary return visit by Mr. Bush planned for Monday, directed administration officials not to respond to attacks from Democrats on the relief efforts, and sought to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials, according to Republicans familiar with the White House plan.
The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush’s chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and his communications director, Dan Bartlett.
I’m relieved. I’m glad that the Bush administration is now taking firm action to get the government response to Katrina more organized. And under Rove’s expert leadership, I’m sure that the administration response to Katrina will now be efficiently managed.