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What you have here is the remains of a piece that upset a regular reader (Ms NOLA) so badly that I took it down. Self-censorship? You bet. But I've resolved to add a certain national conflict that happened a while back to my short list of proscribed subjects. That's to say that I won't bring it up. I may comment on it if somebody else does.

The entry began as an email to a friend, and probably ought to have stopped there. It was written in fury, caused by the WaPo's reporting that 74% of registered Republicans think that the administration has done a fine job of relieving New Orleans. Look at all those evacuees in the Astrodome, of whom Barbara Bush jested, "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them."

I'm beginning to see how the Katrina fallout is, inevitably, no less a political disaster than a natural one. It appears to be taking us a step further away from any kind of national consensus. Liberals, progressives, Democrats - whatever you call them, they see an outrage. Republicans just don't see a problem. They really don't. "Life's not fair, and it's crazy to expect government to guarantee against that. Take personal responsibility!" That sums up their civic philosophy, their totally anti-Christian religion.

When are we going to hear from Barack Obama? His official Web site is faintly embarrassing.


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