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Nagin's re-election a victory for incompetence
Townhall ^ | May 21, 2006 | LauraHollis

Posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:39 PM PDT by FairOpinion

As FoxNews reports today, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has "narrowly" won re-election to his mayoral office today. This, despite his complete incompetence in both preparing for Hurricane Katrina and in the now-infamous aftermath. (Surely you haven't forgotten the details, like the fleet of school buses sitting useless in standing water.) And then there was his famously racist comment about New Orleans needing to remain "a chocolate city." (As other writers have noted, can anyone seriously contemplate a white guy running for reelection appealing to voters to keep a city "vanilla"?)

What Nagin's reelection ensures, is that New Orleans will remain a predominantly poor and dismally unprepared city.

The only thing Nagin managed to do (and he had LOTS of help here) was to blame the whole thing on the federal government. So when the next big one hits, and New Orleans is devastated once again, it won't be his fault then, either.

Nagin's a joke, but it's the New Orleans voters who are pathetic.


TOPICS: Editorial; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: katrina; nagin; neworleans; thepeterprinciple
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Nagin didn't mobilize and evacuate the people, and they vote him in anyway.

Pathetic is right.

1 posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:40 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

The right people lost this election

TT


2 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:04 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: FairOpinion

All true, but Landrieu was the choice of the democrat establishment, the ones who deliberately refused to let President Bush federalize the relief effort. They killed their own people for political gain, at the behest of democrat scum like Mike Mcurry. Nagin is incompetent, even childish, but maybe sincere.


3 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:58 PM PDT by Williams
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To: FairOpinion

New orleans got exactly the type of politician they deserve. Pathetic is right.


4 posted on 05/21/2006 8:42:45 PM PDT by steel_resolve (George Bush - America's First Mexican President)
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To: FairOpinion

Yeah, but Dean tried to unseat him. He can't be all bad.


5 posted on 05/21/2006 8:42:48 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: FairOpinion

Marion Barry wa a better mayor than Nagin could ever be.


6 posted on 05/21/2006 8:43:23 PM PDT by JR.Roofing
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To: FairOpinion

Failure always brings you more success in the Democrat party. It's what they are all about.


7 posted on 05/21/2006 8:44:54 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: FairOpinion
Well, the voters have spoken.
Once again, they get exactly what they deserve.

Democracy in action.
Pathetic DOUBLED.

8 posted on 05/21/2006 8:46:22 PM PDT by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: FairOpinion

Between Nagin and Landrieu, I'll take Nagin anyday.


9 posted on 05/21/2006 8:48:29 PM PDT by Hoodat ( Silly Dems, AYBABTU.)
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To: TexasTransplant

"The right people lost this election"

I hope you're not including Lt. Gov. Landrieu in that. If I lived in N.O. I might have voted for Nagin myself. I can't stand the Landrieu bunch; especially his sister, Senator Mary Landrieu who got elected because of her last name.


10 posted on 05/21/2006 8:51:06 PM PDT by no dems (I guess I'm a "Johnny one-note" type voter, but I'll keep singing out against abortion.)
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To: FairOpinion
Ray and NOLA deserve each other.

Wonder when (if?) he'll move his family back there from Houston?

Or maybe he's gonna commute?
11 posted on 05/21/2006 8:51:20 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: FairOpinion

Nagin- a cartoon mayor for a cartoon city.


13 posted on 05/21/2006 8:54:35 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: FairOpinion

I heard a lot of "voters" today saying Nagin should get re-elected because he wasn't afraid to stand up to Bush after Katrina. I think this is a perfect example of how much damage drugs can do to your brain.


14 posted on 05/21/2006 8:55:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (* Steroids are just a way to "level the playing field.")
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To: FairOpinion

The citizenry of New Orleans would have re-elected Nero.


15 posted on 05/21/2006 8:57:27 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: jk4hc4

lol, yeah thats about it.


16 posted on 05/21/2006 8:58:50 PM PDT by steel_resolve (George Bush - America's First Mexican President)
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>>>>"I hope you're not including Lt. Gov. Landrieu"<<<<

No I am pleased the SOB lost, he lost, Mary Lost, Mark Morial lost... Nagin is inept (but at least he's not chocolate intolerant)

life moves on

TT
17 posted on 05/21/2006 8:59:19 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: FairOpinion
I did not vote for Nagin in the Election however, there is NO EXCUSE whatsoever for anyone that failed to Evacuate NOLA at 24 to 48 hours prior to Katrina.

In other words people should not depend on their President, Governor, Mayor or Dog Catcher to tell them when to evacuate their homes.
18 posted on 05/21/2006 9:00:31 PM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: FairOpinion
[ Nagin's re-election a victory for incompetence ]

I guess!... LoL...
Is Nagin... Micheal Jackson White, Tony Brown White, or Julian Bond White?.. He looks pretty Vanilla to me..

19 posted on 05/21/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: Reaganesque

In their defense, their options were less than stellar.


20 posted on 05/21/2006 9:02:22 PM PDT by ark_girl
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To: Reaganesque

Nero would have called for an "olive oil city"


21 posted on 05/21/2006 9:04:22 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (( Multi-culturism has to go for a dirt nap.))
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To: FairOpinion

Hey, I was pulling for Nagin. Truly, because isn't it time for Americans to say NO to political family dynasty's.


22 posted on 05/21/2006 9:05:43 PM PDT by harpo11 (Todd Beamer--"Let's Roll".....Liberals, Leftisits and Democrat Leaders..."Let's Rollover")
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To: FairOpinion
Neither you nor Laura Hollis has a clue about Saturday's election. I am a conservative and I worked for Nagin and went to his victory celebration last night.

He won because grass roots white conservatives put him over the top. We did it because he believes in transparent government. We put philosophy ahead of prejudice. Unlike in a Landrieu/Morial criminal enterprise, conservatives will have a seat at Nagin's table. Further the aid money will go to the people who need it and won't be divied up the Louisiana political machine.

Before you look to confirm your biases by reading nonsense, try learning the facts.

23 posted on 05/21/2006 9:07:54 PM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: FairOpinion
Nagin didn't mobilize and evacuate the people, and they vote him in anyway.

same in DC, same in Detroit.... gee I guess the Democratic plantation system just keeps rolling along.

What's funny is that the obvious question is..... Is there ANYBODY else that could possibly be a mayor of New Orleans?

Of all the political hacks, thieves, blackmailers, shysters, and imbeciles.... not one other person could be found to "lead" the people of New Orleans....BEAUTIFUL.

The African-American community specifically and the community of New Orleans in general should be proud. How pathetic do they want to appear?

The city will flood again this year, the irony, Karma and joo-joo are just to intense to let New Orleans miss another flood. I'm predicting the levees will break again and we'll have the same Road Runner and Wyle E Coyote routine again...

24 posted on 05/21/2006 9:12:59 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: FairOpinion

still, given that there were only two possible outcomes in this election - I'll take it.


25 posted on 05/21/2006 9:14:03 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: FairOpinion
Here is an amazing note from Bill Murray at a Birmingham weather blog from August 27, 2005, which is two days before the storm came ashore. Murray was a lot smarter than Nagin. Read this and ponder just what a tragic mistake Nagin made by elevating lawyers over safety:

Is Nagin Waiting Too Late?

I am thoroughly amazed at an interview that I just heard with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on WWL radio. He said that he was considering a mandatory evacuation of the city. Considering? With the official National Hurricane Ceneter track showing a Category Four hurricane, perhaps even a Category FIVE hurricane moving directly over a city that takes 72 hours to evacuate? He said that the city’s attorneys were in consultation about the legalities of such an order. Legalities? Wouldn’t that be something you would contemplate in advance? Not 48 hours before landfall. What would be the criteria that would make such an action automatic?

Mayor Nagin said that the Governor had recommended that he talk to Max Mayfield at the National Hurricane Center. Hello! I would have had a hotline installed directly to Max’s cell phone. The Mayor said that Max Mayfield told him this was the storm that everyone has feared for New Orleans for many, many years. Max said that he had been in the business for 31 years and that this was the real deal. Still tonight, traffic on evacuation routes in Southeast Lousiana was amazingly light. Will tomorrow morning’s evacuation order come too late?

All I have heard from local emergency managers in Southeast Louisiana is the looming disaster that is New Orleans and a powerful hurricane. I have had heard that emergency managers say they will need thousands of body bags when a major hurricane pushes a 20-25 foot storm surge into Lake Ponchartrain and over the city’s levee system. Hopefully that will not come true.

I have another fear. That people on the Mississippi and Alabama coasts will take Katrina lightly because of all the media coverage and focus on New Orleans. A storm surge of 15-20 feet or higher will occur in that vulnerable area of the Mississippi coast around Waveland, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. Those names sound familiar? They were made famous by Hurricane Camille’s 27 foot storm surge in 1969.

26 posted on 05/21/2006 9:14:21 PM PDT by Log
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To: FairOpinion

The Left has ALWAYS celebrated and rewarded losers....
The Left thrives and exists, primarily on the backs of losers.

Semper Fi


27 posted on 05/21/2006 9:15:25 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: bigeasy_70118

I can see taht between Nagin and Landrieu, there wasn't much of a choice, but to think that Nagin is a friend of conservatives and believes in "transparent government" instead of being just another crook, is total delusion.

Can't imagine how conservatives got conned into this, if in fact it's true.

I didn't think there were any conservatives in NOLA.


28 posted on 05/21/2006 9:15:25 PM PDT by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER to our enemies. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: FairOpinion

I guess people wanted a "chocolate city."


29 posted on 05/21/2006 9:18:16 PM PDT by Fruitbat
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To: Williams

Voters in New Orleans have to decide between the better of evils. It's as if the only choices are someone from the Jimmy Hoffa's associates or the Carlo Gambino's family.



30 posted on 05/21/2006 9:20:26 PM PDT by Irish Queen
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To: Fruitbat

They'll want that "Choclate City" only until the ants show up.


31 posted on 05/21/2006 9:22:26 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: FairOpinion

I am a conservative in New Orleans. So there's one. Rob Couhig got 12,000 votes in the primary so there are a few more. So you are wrong about that just as you are wrong about Nagin.

Your lack of understanding about the situation coupled with your poor critical thinking skills is probably too great of obstacle for me to overcome in explaining my vote to you. So I won't.

You should probably consider new screen names as well.


32 posted on 05/21/2006 9:22:28 PM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: bigeasy_70118

I am relieved that Landrieu was defeated. This Louisianian thanks you for your efforts.


33 posted on 05/21/2006 9:22:40 PM PDT by Nathan Jr.
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To: FairOpinion
Black voters seem to be the most racist of all. To wit, Marion Barry was re-elected as Mayor of DC after having been convicted of misdemeanor drug use, which would have been felony drug use had the jury of his (black racist) peers voted to convict on the basis of videotape evidence.

The "voters" of New Orleans will deserve the chaos, corruption, and personal ruin that await them in the not-to-distant future at the hands of their illiterate murderer of the English language.........

34 posted on 05/21/2006 9:24:40 PM PDT by tracer
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To: Nathan Jr.

I was cringing a little bit during Nagin's acceptance speech. When he thanked President Bush, the room which was about 75% black, went nuts. Cheering and applauding. When he mentioned Blank-o, they hissed.

I loved it.


35 posted on 05/21/2006 9:26:37 PM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: FairOpinion

The only reason Landrieu got in the mayor's race in the first place was to make sure that no Republican made it into the runoff. Then with Nagin and Landrieu going for the honors, it became incompetence v insider. Nice situation for Dims. Even Howard Dean couldn't make up his mind, but was likely pressured by Landrieu-sister-in-Senate to support brother-lieutenant-governor.


36 posted on 05/21/2006 9:31:11 PM PDT by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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"conservatives will have a seat at Nagin's table. Further the aid money will go to the people who need it and won't be divied up the Louisiana political machine."

You are right about where the money probably would have gone if Landrieu had won. But that still leave the question of where the ORIGINAL money that had been allocated over the years for all the control projects it had been allocated for.

Oh, and one other thing, is that a chocolate table everyone will sit at?
37 posted on 05/21/2006 9:31:27 PM PDT by JSteff
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To: FairOpinion
Nagin's a joke, but it's the New Orleans voters who are pathetic.

NO voters are stupid on several levels......the Nagin reelection is only one.

"Look Ma, I'm living 28 ft below sea level!"

"Yep. Katrina sure kicked our a$$, but guess what? I'm moving back in!!"

Hopefully, that will be a main media point when the next one hits.

The USS Rove has been decomissioned, btw.

38 posted on 05/21/2006 9:48:51 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: FairOpinion

How did the race come between 2 Democrats? Why was there a primary with other Democrats if Nagin is the incumbant?


39 posted on 05/21/2006 9:50:51 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: FairOpinion

Let's see if the good mayor goes down with the ship vs comforting in Dallas.


40 posted on 05/21/2006 9:52:12 PM PDT by mcshot (Enemies pouring through our gates.)
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To: Pyncho
The only reason Landrieu got in the mayor's race in the first place was to make sure that no Republican made it into the runoff.

I'm thinking Mitch wanted the mayoralty as a springboard to the governorship, considering how weak Blanco looks. He doesn't wanted to be associated with her as Lt Gov! As Mayor he would have control of the political machinery and financial and power base to ensure his own political fortune, including strong support for any statewide office in the future (think Gov) and the ability to steal as many votes as needed for sister Mary.

The voters of New Orleans clearly did the right thing choosing Nagin over Landrieu.

41 posted on 05/21/2006 10:12:31 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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42 posted on 05/21/2006 10:22:51 PM PDT by sig226
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To: sig226

That must be really humiliating, losing to an incompetent boob like Nagin. :^)


43 posted on 05/21/2006 10:55:43 PM PDT by claudiustg (¡En español, por favor!)
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To: FairOpinion


I smell a rat. Could it be the same one which overturned the will of the people on the governor's race of Washington State? A demo-rat?


44 posted on 05/21/2006 11:23:16 PM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: bigeasy_70118

Geez, "conservatives" voting for "seize all guns" Nagin?!

Talk about a lack of choice. Are the NO voters really that hard up?

NO is sounding like Wash D.C. where after the thoroughly incompetent and corrupt Mayor got out of jail, he was promptly elected back to office.

Seems the Blacks like crooks.


45 posted on 05/21/2006 11:28:01 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (China & India: Doing jobs Americans don't want to do (manuf., engineering, accounting, etc))
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To: FairOpinion

I think that the people of New Orleans had a very bad choice to make. Either one would have been awful. I guess they took the lesser of the two evils.


46 posted on 05/21/2006 11:43:56 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Minutemen
Nagin- a cartoon mayor for a cartoon city.

Don't you mean chocolate milk city? That's what Nagin referred to it as.

47 posted on 05/22/2006 12:20:27 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: FairOpinion

The silver lining is all the Dems who say Katrina is going to hurt the Republican party. Sure didn't hurt the guy in the "eye of the storm".


48 posted on 05/22/2006 12:36:23 AM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Jesus always reads His knee-mail. (Hall of Fame Hit-N-Run poster))
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To: FairOpinion
Nagin didn't mobilize and evacuate the people, and they vote him in anyway

Yeah but their thinking is that because of Nagin, they had free pickings of the area shops, got to leave New Orleans and be well treated elsewhere, given money cards by the government, put up in hotels and cruise ships, be well fed, given trailers and houses etc, etc, etc.

49 posted on 05/22/2006 1:38:11 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Blue Highway

How did the race come between 2 Democrats? Why was there a primary with other Democrats if Nagin is the incumbant?

You haven't been paying political attention, have you. There was a primary, and neither candidate got a high enough percentage to win outright. So there was a run-off election between the top two vote getters, Nagin and Landrieu. And thank goodness Nagin won over the Dem machine candidate, Landrieu. With Nagin, at least what you see is what you get, he's transparent. The Landrieu family dynasty are a bunch of tax raising crooks.


50 posted on 05/22/2006 1:48:12 AM PDT by flaglady47
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