Yeesh. The half-assed way in which Michael Brown was dealt with Friday strikes me as indicative of the failures of this relief effort, and, by extension the government running it. He hasn't been fired; he's just no longer heading up the Katrina debacle.
Just fire him, for the love of Pete. If he's so incompetent that you have to find someone else to do his job, why is he still receiving a paycheck? Is this really just an issue of the White House being unwilling to fire someone because it might be an admission of failure? Is the White House really this obsessed with making itself look like it is never wrong? I can't think of any other reason to keep Brown on.
And what's the deal with the White House not taking the time to check references? Remember the debacle involving Bernard Kerik? I'm inclined to believe that I could score a pretty sweet job within the Bush administration with a bit of creative résumé writing.
"It says here that you were once king of England?"
"Yes. King James. Surely you've heard of me -- I wrote the Bible."
"Fantastic. We're going to nominate you for chief justice of the Supreme Court."
I'm glad that the football season has started again. Although, I was really torn last night trying to decide which team I hated more -- I despise both the Patriots and the Raiders.
Empirical evidence often suggests otherwise, but apparently our brains are still evolving.