Kos has his firstNewsweek piece up and argues Democrats should make the Bush record the issue. Somewhat prominent in the piece is the Gulf Coast recovery as one example of how poorly the government has worked under Bush and the Republicans. As Kos writes…“And when you elect people who believe that government won’t work, you shouldn’t be surprised when government stops working.”
Kos writes that absent amnesia by the electorate the…“Democrats will win in 2008. As long as Democratic candidates remind voters that the Republican platform and Bush’s record are one and the same, victory will be assured.”
I would agree with what Kos has written yet where are the Democrats thus far inreminding the American people of the past and present Gulf Coast response? Searching thetranscript of the last Democratic debate shows not one mention of the issue. The debate in which I do remember Democrats reminding Americans of the issue at any length was the debate at Howard University. That debate wasconsidered to be “designed to focus on minority issues.” Katrina and the Gulf Coast recovery is larger than a minority issue. Framing it as such would be inaccurate and a mistake politically as well. It ought to be framed as bad government, the result of years of Republican philosophy put into practice.
If Democrats are going to remind Americans of this they need to begin talking about it and often. The initial federal response to Katrina and the abysmal recovery of the Gulf Coast ought to be an albatross hung around the neck of the Republicans. Democrats need to remind the American people that the “Katrina” debacle is continuing. A presentation of such just may cause them togasp as did attendees of the National League of Cities conference in New Orleans this past Saturday when toldthis of the recovery by Ray Nagin…
Nagindrew gasps from the audience when he compared the $114
billion in federal money that has been allocated to the Gulf Coast for
recovery with the $192 million that has made it into city coffers to
finance public infrastructure projects. (my emphasis)
8/29 is a run on sentence for the Gulf Coast and a sentence to run on for Democrats. But Democrats need to do the reminding.