The Note: Everything That Ought to Be Up Is Down

Under a "Backlash Over Katrina" header, the Washington Post's Dan Balz writes that President Bush came under "withering criticism" for his handling of Hurricane Katrina yesterday, with Sen. John Kerry charging that the storm exposed the Administration's "incompetence and ideological blinders" and former Sen. John Edwards asserting that even in its response, the Administration backs policies that support the privileged over the working poor. LINK

In his write-up of Kerry's money quote, Balz reminds his readers that Kerry was "using the nickname Bush used for Brown."

"Brownie is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq, what George Tenet is to slam-dunk intelligence, what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad, what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy, what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning, what Tom DeLay is to ethics and what George Bush is to 'Mission Accomplished' and 'Wanted Dead or Alive,' " Kerry said.

Balz Notes at the end of his story that in addition to calling for many new programs to help the poor, Edwards "also said everyone, from parents and clergy to those most in need, must accept the responsibility to speak hard truths about behavior -- particularly out-of-wedlock pregnancies --that condemn many to perpetual poverty."

Edwards' efforts to link opportunity with responsibility reminded more than one reporter in the room of Bush's 2000 message about ushering in a "Responsibility Era."

Ronald Brownstein, penning for his beloved Los Angeles Times, gives Kerry and Edwards their own story, and his smart DLC-oriented ear picks up Edwards' (new) emphasis on discouraging out-of-wedlock births (so Clintonian, circa 1991. . .). LINK

Ron also has Jim Jordan (saying that Kerry-Edwards "never stopped running" or "gotten out of campaign mode"), Tracey Schmitt (giving out her same quotes), and Trent Duffy (a man of iron discipline and will).

The AP re-paired the former running mates also. LINK

In his Boston Globe op-ed piece Thomas Oliphant writes that John Edwards has "earned the right to say I told you. Edwards who spoke yesterday on poverty in America and the Katrina disaster is an American who said: LINK

"'If we know anything from a half-century of urban development, it is that concentrating poor people close to each other and away from jobs is a lousy idea. . . if the Great Depression brought forth Hoovervilles, these trailer towns may someday be known as Bushvilles.'"

Peter S. Canellos of the Boston Globe reports that Sen. John Kerry may be testing waters for another 2008 run, but yesterday he sounded like Howard Dean with his "outrage and ridicule " for the Bush Administration while speaking at Brown University. LINK

Katrina: 2008: Republicans:

Gov. Haley Barbour says he won't raise taxes to cover Mississippi's rebuilding effort, but he will start debate next week on allowing land-based casinos into Mississippi, reports the AP. LINK

Ethics:

The New York Times front pages Mr. Safavian's arrest and includes those great professional details about his wife's work on the Hill. LINK

The Los Angeles Times version has Mr. Ney in the penultimate graph, to D-trip delight no doubt. LINK

"Bush official arrested in corruption probe," blares the Washington Post. LINK

2008: Democrats:

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