Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Nagin, The World's Worst Mayor?

Just a question. I, like Brendan Loy at The Irish Trojan's Blog, find it incredible that Nagin was re-elected!

Tonight Spike Lee's film on the New Orleans devestation airs, and one wonders if Spike will even address the Nagin debacle.

Loy, at his blog, addresses the entire subject, and includes this summation quote on Mayor Nagin: "One final point, since I’m not sure whether this will make it into the movie or not: Ray Nagin is an incompetent idiot. Here’s a detailed explanation of why. Two days before landfall, I predicted that he would be “the mayor who fiddled while New Orleans drowned,” and I was right. Yes, there were massive failures at all levels of government — local, state and federal — but the single person who bears the most blame, in my view, is Mayor Nagin, for failing to make even a halfway-serious effort at implementing the city’s evacuation plan, even though it was 100% clear by the Saturday morning before landfall that if there was ever a time to do it, now is the time. Spike, I gather, intends to focus on Condi Rice’s shoe-buying tendencies in tonight’s movie, and while that might score political points, it’s not the Secretary of State’s job to protect American citizens from hurricanes. It is, however, the mayor of New Orleans’s job to protect his city’s residents by putting long-held evacuation plans into effect when a mortal threat to the city’s survival is less than 48 hours away, and he failed utterly to do so. In my opinion, it’s an absolute travesty that he was re-elected. "

Loy's entire post is here, for your reading!

I have real doubts the Spike Lee film will be either accurate or free of playing a race-issue as part of the response. I sincerely hope I am wrong.