Hillary meets with
the little peopleevacuees in Houston in full Campaign 2008 Bush-bashing mode, fantasizing a flawless FEMA during her co-presidency and calling for "restoration" of federal command and control. (Pat Sullivan AP photo)
"I think that is a recipe for disaster, said Hillary during a conference call with reporters Tuesday in one of her rare moments of candor:
They [the Bush administration] do believe that people should rely on state and local response and private charities . . .
Perish the thought that citizens in distress should rely on first responders, but at least her "recipe for disaster" is consistent with her own promise last year that "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good," not to mention her husband's timeless "What if you spend YOUR money WRONG?" Then the old girl (see photo above) wandered off into fantasyland, projecting her own modus operandi onto "them" when asked about RNC Chair Ken Mehlman's accusations that she was seeking political gain at what should be a moment of national unity:
Well, you know, that's what they always do. We've been living with that kind of rhetoric for the last 4 1/2 years . . . Every time anyone raises any kind of legitimate criticism and asks questions, they're attacked.
The Clinton Family Fantasy re FEMA's Golden Age goes like this, according to the WaPo:
She and her husband consider the performance of FEMA under James Lee Witt, its former director and a fellow Arkansan, to be one of the true success stories of the Clinton administration. The Clintons believe [It depends upon what your definition of "believe" is] the agency has been degraded under Bush.
The Post appears to have bought her hubby's half of the spin whole hog:
Privately, Clinton has been incredulous [shocked, shocked?] over what he regards as the administration's failure to grasp quickly the perilous situation materializing in New Orleans, particularly for poor African Americans [begin violins and "Ron Brown's Body" fake but accurate tears].
Investor's Business Daily [via Instapundit] reveals the inconvenient reality:
Hillary Clinton says FEMA was more effective when her husband was president. The victims of Hurricane Floyd might venture a different opinion, and it wasn't FEMA [but the Louisiana state government, as reported by FOX News' Major Garrett] that kept supplies from the Superdome.
During a post-Katrina conference call with reporters, Sen. Clinton said, "Helping localities do what they needed to do to mitigate damage -- that philosophy governed FEMA during the Clinton administration. It obviously was rejected by this administration."
Keep on dreamin', Hillary, and hope the great unwashed you're counting on for enough votes in 2008 doesn't find out that FEMA's performance during those halcyon days of yore, rather than "one of the true success stories of the Clinton administration" was just business as usual on the part of a bloated federal bureaucracy.