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For Bush, a Deepening Divide: Katrina Crisis Brings No Repeat of 9/11 Bipartisanship
Washington Post ^ | 9/7/05 | Dan Balz

Posted on 09/07/2005 3:27:33 PM PDT by Crackingham

When terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans came together in grief and resolve, rallying behind President Bush in an extraordinary show of national unity. But when Hurricane Katrina hit last week, the opposite occurred, with Americans dividing along sharply partisan lines in their judgment of the president's and the federal government's response.

The starkly different verdicts on Bush's stewardship of the two biggest crises of his presidency underscore the deepening polarization of the electorate that has occurred on his watch. This gaping divide has left the president with no reservoir of good will among his political opponents at a critical moment of national need and has touched off a fresh debate about whether he could have done anything to prevent it.

To his critics, Bush is now reaping what he has sown. Their case against him goes as follows: Facing a divided nation, the president has eschewed unity in both his governing strategy and his political blueprint. These opponents argue that he has favored confrontation over conciliation with the Democrats while favoring a set of policies aimed at deepening support among his conservative base at the expense of ideas that might produce bipartisan consensus and broader approval among the voters. His allies and advisers, while acknowledging that polarization has worsened during the past five years, say the opposition party bears the brunt of responsibility. Democrats, by this reckoning, have rebuffed Bush's efforts at bipartisanship, put up a wall to ideas that once enjoyed some support on their side, and, even in the current crisis along the Gulf Coast, are seeking to score political points rather than joining hands with the president to speed the recovery and relief to the victims.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: balz; petty; pettydems

1 posted on 09/07/2005 3:27:34 PM PDT by Crackingham
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To: Crackingham

Can't please all of the people all of the time....


2 posted on 09/07/2005 3:31:16 PM PDT by soloNYer
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To: Crackingham

Ol' Dan Balz kind of left out the Democrat "governor" of Louisiana, and the Democrat "mayor" of New Orleans...


3 posted on 09/07/2005 3:33:22 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: Crackingham

Wishful thinking at best, sawdust for brains more likely.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 3:36:10 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Crackingham

Thats what the liberals in the mainstream media would want us to believe. Afterall, they are the ones trying to create the divide.


5 posted on 09/07/2005 3:36:44 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Crackingham
That is right and the reason is because all of the reasonable people are/ have become/changed into Republicans.

It is an evil Karl Rove plot to make all the Dems look like losers so no one wants to become one... *evil laugh*....

6 posted on 09/07/2005 3:37:00 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink sinks)
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To: Crackingham
Rush went through this article this afternoon and blew it out of the water. What tripe it is.
7 posted on 09/07/2005 3:37:23 PM PDT by asp1
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To: Crackingham

The people of the country were united after 9-11 but the partisanship nastiness went on in politics. It's still there and looming ever larger. The dem/lib/lefties don't change. They'd rather blame than be constructive. Poor little weasels...they have not solutions to anything so they attack, attack, attack.


8 posted on 09/07/2005 3:46:39 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for our country than anyone can ever imagine. He is solid as a rock)
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To: Crackingham

Well, we know the Evil Cheney seeded the clouds to start and strengthen the Hurricane. The ChimpBush needed a distraction, and thought he might even get some bipartisan loving in the aftermath of the carnage that might bump his sagging approval ratings up (sagging due to the quagmire in Iraq, of course)

These people are completely delusional.

One gets the impression they view Bush, Cheney and Rove sitting around the table saying "Dammit! No sympathy bounce whatsoever! This sucks!" Then, in a calmer voice: "Is there something else we can do? How about if we plant a nuclear bomb in Richmond, VA and set it off? We can blame it on the terrorists, and that might bring people over to our side..."


9 posted on 09/07/2005 3:51:38 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Crackingham

Too bad for him this was written before the CNN poll that reveals what B.S. this--like most of his stuff--is.


11 posted on 09/07/2005 4:14:02 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: Crackingham

Its called Democrats DESPERATE for an ISSUE, but this will backfire, the Democratic Politicians in NO and LA, screwed this one up.


12 posted on 09/07/2005 4:16:47 PM PDT by agincourt1415 (4 More Years of NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN!)
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To: Crackingham

DAN BALZ
13 posted on 09/07/2005 4:17:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Crackingham
For Bush, a Deepening Divide: Katrina Crisis Brings No Repeat of 9/11 Bipartisanship

The Dems eff'ed up badly to the tune of about 10,000 dead and they know it. It's all-out war.

14 posted on 09/07/2005 4:17:46 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: VadeRetro

Bingo! They know their guilty, and this is why they are screaming the loudest.


15 posted on 09/07/2005 4:19:11 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Crackingham
"We hate President Bush worse than poison. This proves that he is divisive, which is another reason to hate him."

Some enterprising analyst could have lots of fun with Lexis-Nexus and search criteria of "President Clinton" and "divisive" as opposed to "President Bush" and "divisive." Throw in "Clinton-haters" and "Bush-haters" for good measure...

Yo, Media Research Center? Accuracy in Media?

16 posted on 09/07/2005 4:22:04 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: kcvl

This guy Balz is about as dumb as they come. He, like the rest of the MSM don't have a clue!!!


17 posted on 09/07/2005 4:27:26 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: PRESSmUP

This post can be refuted in three words:

More than Clinton?


19 posted on 09/07/2005 4:35:30 PM PDT by Netheron
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To: Crackingham

The divide is for a smaller and smaller segment as more will understand that the DemonRATS are unfit to care for the security of the human beings they have been given to protect.

This will be a cleansing process as New Orleans washes out the vermin, the poisen and disease back into the levee and then to the Gulf. It will be a cleansing process for the nation.


20 posted on 09/07/2005 4:41:25 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: soloNYer

Hey No Balz, this scandal is going to be ALL the Dems fault when the truth comes out. Blank-O and naggin Nagin were and ARE in WAY over their heads!! INCOMPENT actions let people die.


22 posted on 09/07/2005 4:43:55 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Crackingham
When this gaggle of developmentally arrested post-adolescents called Democrats grow up, quit playing their king-of-the-hill games, face reality and shoulder some responsibility, maybe this country can come together to handle this emergency.
23 posted on 09/07/2005 4:45:16 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: Crackingham

Bi-partisanship, in Washington Post-speak, is letting the liberals do anything they please.


24 posted on 09/07/2005 4:47:43 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau ("Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." -- James 4:7)
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To: PRESSmUP
Hello Newbie.....you can NOT be serious.....Bush has been deferential to those idiot liberals way too long. He let Kennedy write the Education bill and then Kennedy BERATED Bush for it!! Etc., etc. He as acted with Class....the Dems don't have an ounce of class except LOW class.

Watch for back-up lights on that turnip truck.

25 posted on 09/07/2005 4:48:03 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: PRESSmUP
"But this administration appears to focus on politial risk/reward more than most..."

Ah, so your thesis must be that Bush is a complete and utter moron. What unites the policies that Bush advocates—nation-building in Iraq, a guest-worker program, Social Security reform, ban on federal funding of stem-cell research—is that they are unpopular positions that alienate most of the electorate. If Bush takes his stands out of political opportunism, then the only possible explanation is that he's an idiot.

If you don't like Bush's policies, just say so and move on. Saying that his policies are calculated for political gain is absurd on the face of it.

26 posted on 09/07/2005 4:57:14 PM PDT by Fabozz
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To: Crackingham

There was no "bipartisanship" after 9/11! The scumbag dems simply didn't know if they could hide of Willie's involvement with the muslim terrorists and Saddam, so they didn't attack W like they've attacked him on everything he's gone since being elected. Let's not give the crapweasels credit for "bipartisanship" when all they were doing was covering Willie's butt!


27 posted on 09/07/2005 4:57:29 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: Crackingham
Fellow Freepers:

At the suggestion of writer Michelle Malkin last Friday, I have cobbled together a blogsite called Texas Clearinghouse for Katrina Aid to serve as a clearinghouse for refugee efforts in Texas.

Texas is getting more refugees than any other state -- that's fine, we'll take them all -- but we need help providing them with food, clothing, and shelter.

If you are a refugee, you can information that will help you find relief. If you want to donate or volunteer, you can find someone who needs you.

Right now the site mostly covers Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas but I will add various churches, schools, and other charities in Lubbock and Austin tonight. My wife was down at Reunion Arena in Dallas yesterday handing out care packages and spiritually ministering to the refugees as a representative of her employer. She says that the situation is tragic and that there's a lot of work to be done. There are so many children who don't know where their parents are or even if their parents are still alive.

There are a lot of churches and other organizations in Texas that need help in dealing with the problem and I would appreciate it if you would get the word out.

Many thanks,

Michael McCullough

Stingray blogsite

28 posted on 09/07/2005 5:09:31 PM PDT by DallasMike
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Katrina Crisis Brings No Repeat of 9/11 Bipartisanship

That's because the Dems have a tremendous downside risk should the public come under the impression that the party which claims to champion the cause of the poor, the elderly and the weak abandoned them to fend for themselves. Not only were they abandoned, the jails were opened up and the criminals released to maraude amongst the poor, the weak and the elderly.

30 posted on 09/07/2005 5:25:05 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Crackingham
This divide only exists in the minds of the fascist and racist leaning left....Most Americans are united in efforts to help the victims of Katrina......

The libs really want this to be true; just like their hope that we lose in Iraq....Their lust for power easily supersedes their desire to see our country prosper at this time....very sick IMHO....
31 posted on 09/07/2005 5:34:35 PM PDT by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: Crackingham

9/11 Bipartisanship?!?!

How long was it after 9/11 when Hillary was at the podium on the Senate floor screeching "What did Bush know and when did he know it?"?

The Washington Post is the paper you use to roll-up your bird cage liner...


32 posted on 09/07/2005 5:43:50 PM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: an amused spectator
Was this President Bush's fault?

FNC's Major Garrett: Red Cross Blocked by Order of the Louisiana State Government

33 posted on 09/07/2005 8:07:07 PM PDT by B4Ranch (The New World Odor is UN-American)
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To: Crackingham

Bipartisanship was gone in 2 weeks (2 days for the most extreme).


34 posted on 09/07/2005 8:21:11 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: kcvl

He's been programed, I can see the blank Clintonoid eyes.


35 posted on 09/07/2005 8:23:02 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: B4Ranch
Was this President Bush's fault?

Damn that Bush! He must have used a Jedi mind trick on them! ;-)

36 posted on 09/07/2005 8:31:04 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: PRESSmUP

*snif* You been hangin' 'round Moby, son? Sure smells like it.


37 posted on 09/08/2005 12:33:01 AM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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