Tuesday, September 13, 2005

 

But...I thought it was Bush's responsibility

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley (D., N.C.) has done something that Governor Kathleen Blanco (D., La.) couldn't do--he has called out his own state's National Guard in the face of an impending major storm, this time Ophelia. In advance of Ophelia making landfall. As a normal condition of preparedness. I guess not all Democrats are bloody fools, which is a relief, believe it or not. Some of them actually think with the gray matter between their ears.

From CNN: Any appearances to the contrary, Gov. Mike Easley said the state was doing its normal storm preparation."We have, unfortunately, a great deal of experience with hurricanes. I think one of the things people in North Carolina will be able to recognize is that this is the exact same pattern we always follow," he said.

So what this tells me is that there are actually states in this country where the governor is, gasp!, prepared for natural disasters. Cool. See, I was convinced, what with the brilliant Katie Couric's always-insightful blathering (and don't forget Tim Russert!), that every single problem in this country is the sole responsibility of President George W. Bush. It shocks me to find that this isn't the case. I'm stunned beyond words to find that a governor has the power to call out his or her own National Guard troops and needn't, in fact, wait for the President to hold their hand.

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