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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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To: FairOpinion

Actually, it is the Democrats who are pathetic, if they would have let the truth be told and let the chips fall where they may, instead of countering a real explanation by just saying "shocking" when the allegations were made, so you know what no matter how bad things get, I am voting Republican, it has everything of the truth of what I believe.


51 posted on 05/22/2006 2:56:17 AM PDT by peter the great
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To: FairOpinion

Ranks right up there with the former mayor of D.C. getting elected after his little cocaine film.
Can't believe how utterly stupid the folks of N.O are.


52 posted on 05/22/2006 3:25:42 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: FairOpinion

So then why is a lousy dime of my money being routed there???


53 posted on 05/22/2006 4:50:51 AM PDT by markomalley (Vivat Iesus!)
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To: JSteff
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.

Moon Landrieu--NOLA mayor 1970-1978

Dutch Morial--NOLA mayor 1978-1986

54 posted on 05/22/2006 6:07:43 AM PDT by elli1
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To: JR.Roofing
Barry more competent than Nagin? Uh, that's debatable.

Man, what a choice!

55 posted on 05/22/2006 6:09:30 AM PDT by doberville
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To: Williams
Nagin is incompetent, even childish, but maybe sincere.

And maybe a drug addict.

56 posted on 05/22/2006 6:11:01 AM PDT by uncitizen (" We are a nation of NATIVES")
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To: doberville
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

---Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC

57 posted on 05/22/2006 6:56:59 AM PDT by JR.Roofing
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To: FairOpinion
Nagin's re-election a victory for incompetence

In all honesty one can say the same thing about the reelection of the majority of the office-holders at all levels of government in this country, regardless of party.

58 posted on 05/22/2006 6:58:51 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: FairOpinion

Next time, I am definitely hoping Mother Nature completes the job.


59 posted on 05/22/2006 7:06:43 AM PDT by newcthem (Vote Mexican.......if it is good enough for the Senate .......it is good enough for us.)
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To: flaglady47
Actually I was until Couhig dropped out. What I didn't know is that Nagin was thrown in the primary with the lot of other candidates. I had no idea New Orleans had some kind of weird election process. And stranger still having 2 candidates of the same party running against each other.

I guess I knew the primary was a bunch of people running against Nagin, but still normally you don't see a candidate of the same party as an incumbant running against the incumbant.

60 posted on 05/22/2006 7:36:29 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: FairOpinion

I'll take incompetence over evil.


61 posted on 05/22/2006 7:37:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: FairOpinion

Well said, Laura.


62 posted on 05/22/2006 7:39:10 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: FairOpinion

You can tell who knows New Orleans politics and those who don't by some of the comments made about the election.

This is a great example of it.


63 posted on 05/22/2006 7:39:57 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: FairOpinion

Maybe he'll equip the school buses with pontoons.


64 posted on 05/22/2006 7:43:37 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (A government that will not enforce the laws of the land, is a government standing on quicksand.)
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To: FairOpinion
Hmmmm No surprise really! :)

This one got re-elected... I guess it's a matter of standards...

65 posted on 05/22/2006 7:46:59 AM PDT by ElPatriota (Let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
You can tell who knows New Orleans politics and those who don't by some of the comments made about the election. This is a great example of it.

I really wouldn't care, except that billions of our tax dollars are involved - and all that has been done to improve evacuations out of NOLA is to determine that FEMA trailers - get this - can be dangerous in a hurricane.

That's about it.

66 posted on 05/22/2006 7:47:42 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: Joe Boucher

Your choice was between an honest man who was screwed by his governor, his senators, and who made mistakes, and who has been the most honest and conservative mayor in New Orleans since the early 60s,

or

the people who are drooling over skimming the $$$$$ for reconstruction, who belong to the demoncratic party establishment, and who have been picking the pockets of the people of NO for 30+ years.

Given those choices, who would you vote for?


67 posted on 05/22/2006 7:51:50 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: dirtboy

See message 67


68 posted on 05/22/2006 7:52:28 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: dfwgator

New Orleanzeites, used the first election to reduce their choices to the two lowest possible denminations for the second.

It must cloud one's vision living in a city up to their eye brows in mud and dirty politics.


69 posted on 05/22/2006 7:53:49 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (A government that will not enforce the laws of the land, is a government standing on quicksand.)
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To: harpo11
Hey, I was pulling for Nagin. Truly, because isn't it time for Americans to say NO to political family dynasty's.

It is as stupid to vote against someone because of their last name, as it is to vote for them for the same reason.

70 posted on 05/22/2006 7:54:30 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (Justice and "The Law" are not always the same thing.)
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

Not when you know more about the person, though...


71 posted on 05/22/2006 7:55:51 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Your choice was

The voters should have voted in someone other than those two. I'm sorry, but Nagin didn't even have the legalities of ordering a mandatory evacuation worked out in advance - he spent Saturday wasting valuable time chasing down the City Attorney to work out that detail. If NOLA cannot clean its own political house, I do not trust it with my tax dollars.

72 posted on 05/22/2006 7:56:37 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: dirtboy

You didn't get that choice.

These are your two choices: who would you vote for?


73 posted on 05/22/2006 7:58:06 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

People outside of Louisiana don't understand.

But, I still remember when the choice for governor was between:

1. The most corrupt governor in the history of the universe; or

2. A KKKlown who used to dress up in Nazi gear and "seig heil" for pictures.


74 posted on 05/22/2006 7:58:51 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Not when you know more about the person, though...

.... and THAT was my point. There are good and bad in every family. Sort of like when I was young in Texas and you could still vote for some Democrats.

75 posted on 05/22/2006 8:01:09 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (Justice and "The Law" are not always the same thing.)
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To: Skooz

That year, I was burned out by an arsonist.

On one of the local talk shows, they suggested I was burned out either because of my stance against Duke or because of my stance for Edwards.

(I was vehemently anti-Duke, but not yet a organized political activist. A neighbor's kid broke in and set in on fire, we think).


76 posted on 05/22/2006 8:01:26 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: FairOpinion

What is that old saying that goes something like: "People get the government that they deserve".


77 posted on 05/22/2006 8:02:29 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

Neither of the Landrieus is politically clean, unfortunately...


78 posted on 05/22/2006 8:02:44 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: dirtboy
However they spend our tax dollars, rebuilding that city in the swamp, it's a lose lose situation , except for those doing the rebuilding.

The experts at successfully stealing land from the seas, is the NetherLands. If some firm from Holland should win the contract for replacing the levees, our tax dollars may be more effectively spent.
79 posted on 05/22/2006 8:06:37 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (A government that will not enforce the laws of the land, is a government standing on quicksand.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
These are your two choices: who would you vote for?

And, once again, I said that, since the voters of New Orleans refuse to get rid of the corrupt, incompenent hacks in the primary election, they show they are not serious about reforming their government and using our tax dollars wisely to rebuild. So we should limit federal aid as a result, lest it just get wasted.

80 posted on 05/22/2006 8:06:41 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

You still misunderstand my meaning which has nothing to do with the current problem in Louisiana. It is a general statement that I vote for the best person, without regard to their last name.


81 posted on 05/22/2006 8:07:29 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (Justice and "The Law" are not always the same thing.)
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To: dirtboy

They split the conservative vote by having too many candidates. It's an open primary, top 2 winners go. The dems set that up years and years ago.

Turning your back because you don't like the choices isn't going to change anything. Saying they should have done something different is pretending reality is something other than it is.

You are in a city that has been controlled by a dem oligarchy, part black, part white for forever. Two men in my lifetime have beat it: Morrison and Nagin.

The press ripped him to shreds. He was undercut by attorneys, government officials, and the MSM constantly.

Even with that, he's still been the first non-machine candidate to win since Chip Morrison. And the fact that they voted him in twice even with all that says something.


82 posted on 05/22/2006 8:14:20 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

You and me both!


83 posted on 05/22/2006 8:14:42 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Turning your back because you don't like the choices isn't going to change anything.

Get this straight - NOLA and Louisiana are going hat in hand to the rest of the country. Their corrupt and incompetent politicians are the primary reason Katrina was such a fiasco. And we should keep sending billions down there, even though the voters keep re-electing the same nimrods who helped create this mess in the first place? I don't think so.

Once again, Nagin should have had the evacuation legalities worked out well before hurricance season, instead of doing it the Saturday prior to Katrina's imminent arrival.

The press ripped him to shreds. He was undercut by attorneys, government officials, and the MSM constantly.

And for damn good reason.

84 posted on 05/22/2006 8:18:20 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: dirtboy

No, they did it to make Bush look bad and get more glory for the Dems.


85 posted on 05/22/2006 8:19:21 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Reaganesque
The citizenry of New Orleans would have re-elected Nero

Why not? Nero had his fire to make room for his urban projects. Ray has his flood... and a much larger selection of mind-altering substances. To top it off, Ray had enough chutzpah to compare himself with Bush, then honored Bush as a man of his word!

86 posted on 05/22/2006 8:40:44 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (How odd of God to put so much crude under the arses of those so rude.)
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To: FairOpinion
"Nagin's a joke, but it's the New Orleans voters who are pathetic."

It's been said that Looziana is "addicted to mediocrity." The whole culture seems to consider incompetance a virtue.

87 posted on 05/22/2006 8:43:21 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Was interesting to hear the head of the Democrat party had placed operatives to work against Nagin in the election.
Can't imagine why?


88 posted on 05/22/2006 9:13:50 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: bigeasy_70118

Having worked Ivan, Dennis, and Katrina recovery projects, I can say that my sympathy for NOLA has dried up and blown away.

Not only that, but with this election, I'll not even make the long weekend excursions that I'd planned, but will spend my money in Biloxi or Destin or PCB instead.

I know people who are still out of their homes after the Ivan/Dennis punch.

But Hollywood and the rest forgot about them after 3 days.


89 posted on 05/22/2006 9:46:33 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Eagle Eye

The press on New Orleans hasn't exactly been a good thing for the city. Sometimes, I wish the liberal media would forget about us.

Nonetheless, on your visit to Destin, Biloxi, whereever, drive over and see some of the destruction for yourself. TV doesn't do it justice.


90 posted on 05/22/2006 9:57:15 AM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: bigeasy_70118

I worked Katrina relief in Mississipi, so I saw what happened as far west as the MS/LA state line.

They got blasted, too, but they have had a whole different attitude about it.

And they didn't re-elect Nagin.

I'm not the only one on the Gulf Coast with NOLA Katrina fatigue.


91 posted on 05/22/2006 10:02:34 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Eagle Eye
I'm not the only one on the Gulf Coast with NOLA Katrina fatigue.

We're pretty tired of it here in NOLA too.

My office is in Midcity, New Orleans. This area gets zero press but was just as devastated as the 9th Ward. I have been back here since eary November. When we got back, there were no working street lights, no power, no nothing. The place was a ghost town.

On May 22 2006, there are still remanants of the storm here, but on the whole the area is coming back big time. Mostly, we did it ourselves.

The people of St. Bernard had their entire Parish leveled. Everytime I head over there, I am impressed with the progress.

If you didn't allow the news media to play to your biases, you might realize the majority of people here are attempting to improve the situation.

92 posted on 05/22/2006 10:10:06 AM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: bigeasy_70118

I've seen a lot of people working hard to improve life for a lot of people.

A Florida panhandle county actually refused some FEMA/CoE assistance because they decided to suck it up and do for themselves.

That same area was hit by Ivan, Dennis, and yes, even Katrina. Had that area not already had Ivan and Dennis clear out the weak trees, Katrina would have caused significant damage in the western counties of the Florida panhandle.

No cruise ships or credit cards for those folks, however.

So I'll spend my money elsewhere on the Gulf coast.


93 posted on 05/22/2006 10:21:26 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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