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Un-effing-believable. The entire GOP has been having a years-long allergic reaction to the very concept of "disaster relief," we've got Mitt Romney refusing to even mention whether or not he thinks FEMA is an abomination unto the budget gods, and now out here comes the head Katrina-botcher himself, back like a bad rash:
Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush's former FEMA director who was criticized for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said on Monday that President Obama may have acted too quickly on Hurricane Sandy this week.
Brown said Obama's Sunday press conference with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials was "premature" because the effect of the storm was not felt until a day later.
Oh, eff you, Brown. Yes, how dare Obama and FEMA try to prepare people for a natural disaster beforehand, instead of sitting on their asses waiting for it to happen. Everyone knows you're supposed to have the press conference warning people about the hurricane only after they've already lost power and nobody can watch the damn thing. If that's not the most Republican damn thing I've ever heard, it's only because Brown didn't figure out a way to wedge the words "tax cut" in there.
He happily wedged in one of the far-right's current conspiracy theories, though, possibly because he is an unrepentant dumbass:
"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in...Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Brown says. "Why was this so quick?... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question.... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."
So … Brown is peeved that Obama disrupted his schedule in anticipation of something that was going to affect a large percentage of the entire U.S. population, unlike that time when something happened in Benghazi that nobody knew about until after it was already over? Wow. I think I may actually, seriously hate this guy.
It may be the continuing news coverage of flooded streets and homes in wreckage, but I have had about all I can take of these wretched little twerps. As his big relief contribution, we've got Mitt Romney collecting canned goods in Ohio (yes, that's what's going to help the entire northeast recover—a busload of canned soup), and the guy George Bush put in charge of the last gargantuan hurricane disaster is muttering about how political it is that Obama is, you know, actually effing doing stuff. A party whose biggest philosophical discussion about massive, multi-state disasters is whether our own government should really give a flying damn about them at all, and who thought it was preposterous for a war in a foreign land to be paid for at all but mew about how "immoral," etc., it is to help our own citizens after a disaster unless and until we've written the right things on the right budget lines.
I may actually despise these people today. I think I'm going to have to proactively ignore everything these insufferable, amoral, sociopathic nitwits say for the next 12 hours or so, just to maintain some last shred of faith in humanity.