Even as we all witnessed the horror of the human tragedy that accompanied the destruction of New Orleans and the government's abandonment of the people who lived in that doomed city there was a sense that this terrible week was the moment when the evil that George Bush brought on the world reached a saturation point. Now an article scheduled for the next issue of Vanity Fair offers admissions from top Republican advisors that that was indeed the case.
"Katrina to me was the tipping point," said Matthew Dowd, Bush's pollster
and chief strategist for the 2004 presidential campaign. "The president
broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had
the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses?
It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn't matter. P.R.? It didn't
matter. Travel? It didn't matter."
Dan Bartlett, former White House communications director and later counselor
to the president, said: "Politically, it was the final nail in the coffin."
In this sense the thousands who perished in New Orleans did not die in vain. Their lives were a sacrifice that purified the world of the lies of George Bush and made people draw a connection between the billions being wasted in a war of vanity in Iraq while a major American city was left for dead.