Mining Rove’s Katrina legacy

In These Times
by Amanda Terkel

08/24/07

Karl Rove isn’t called a ‘mastermind’ for nothing. He announced his resignation at the perfect time — right before the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. The media talked about his role in the CIA leak investigation, the U.S. attorney scandal, GOP election victories (and failures), and the Iraq war — all important topics. But they largely ignored his management of the administration’s bungled response to Hurricane Katrina. We all remember ‘Brownie,’ the incomprehensibly incompetent FEMA director Michael Brown, who had no idea evacuees were using the New Orleans convention center as an evacuation shelter. But Rove was the man President Bush quietly put in charge of overseeing the administration’s response plan. Rove had no expertise in homeland security or disaster relief. His role was to make sure that the reconstruction efforts enhanced Bush’s political image. By almost all accounts, Rove failed...

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