Nearly 1,600 dead, countless left homeless, a major metropolitan area devastated and the prospects for the future still dim at best ... sometimes it can be hard to put a positive spin on the catastrophe wrought by Katrina and the accompanying Bush administration incompetence later compounded by Bush administration neglect.
But leave it to the ever-optimistic Sen. Hairdo McWedgeshot, appearing on ABC's This Week Sunday, to look at the glass as half full.
...when asked by host George Stephanopoulos if the G.O.P. can defeat any of the 12 Democratic incumbents next year, Mr. Ensign replied that, “I think that definitely down in Louisiana we have a good shot at beating Mary Landrieu—a lot of changes going on down in Louisiana." (NYObserver)
Yes, "a lot of changes," indeed. If tens of thousands of black people with a history of voting for Democrats hadn't been uprooted, displaced and forced out of their homes and out of their state, Ensign, as designated supervisor of his party's losses in the Senate in 2008, wouldn't have even a single potential Democratic Senate seat that the War Party maybe might perhaps have a smidgen of a chance of picking up. See? The Christian god who loves America best is a Republican after all!
Ensign's thankfulness for Katrina, coupled with his wishes that Democratic North Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson's failing health might open up that seat, makes it easy to see why the War Party called on the 'Do to oversee his party's coming electoral humiliation: A life of trust fund-facilitated privilege has instilled Ensign with just the right amount of callous disregard for his fellow human units, rendering Nevada's cutest senator wholly out of touch and hopelessly incapable of understanding the miseries suffered by those less fortunate than himself, which is to say the other 99.9 percent of the planet's population. Ensign is not merely an ideal Republican senator; he's also a caricature of one.
Meantime, at least Ensign doesn't have to worry about defending the seat of Landrieu's fellow Louisiana senator, whoremonger David Vitter. The War Party hypocrite (Vitter, not Ensign) won't be forced out of office for admitting that he broke the law while soliciting sex, a la Larry Wide Stance Craig, because Vitter is different, Ensign explained.
For one thing, Vitter was looking to get his War Party wally serviced before he was in the Senate. So it's none of the Senate's business, says a gleeful Ensign.
Besides, Ensign said, Vitter, unlike Craig, hasn't admitted guilt.
"That is a big difference between being accused of something and actually admitting guilt."
"David Vitter never did that. Larry Craig did." (AP)
True, Vitter didn't plead guilty in a court of law. However, Vitter unquestionably admitted that he was guilty of looking to get sexed up in exchange for cash money.
But that's a "big difference," Ensign contends, in point of fact describing not a "big difference" so much as a tortured distinction, and one that:
- has nothing to do with common sense or common decency;
- has everything to do with political expediency and willing hypocrisy, and;
- is every bit as precious as Ensign's hair.
Those who are confused by such a sophisticated example of, ahem, hair-splitting from the aggressively churchy and values-toting Ensign may have forgotten that Ensign himself is an admitted liar who has asserted in no uncertain terms that he is perfectly happy to lie when he thinks it is in the best interest of his party's political fortunes. He knows that his argument is intellectually and morally bankrupt. And he knows that there is in fact a double standard, and that it's all about man-on-man sex, which Republicans love to hate (even, or perhaps especially, when it involves themselves).
Which is to say Ensign went on the national teevee Sunday and lied, lied, lied, in turn prompting people from coast to coast who had never really paid much attention to Ensign before to look to each other and say, "Nevada's junior senator is really quite the smarmy little full-of-shit liar, isn't he?"