So, my mother is (or was) a right wing fundagelical Bush worshipper - until Katrina. Actually, we have Fox news to thank for her recent conversion.
She called me this afternoon nearly in tears. She said she couldn't stand it any more. All the images of people suffering and dying really got to her. She remembered wistfully the time I took her to New Orleans with me for an ACS convention. She remembered the lovely old hotel we stayed at in the French Quarter, the sin she committed when i took her to Commander's Palace for dinner and she ordered her filet 'well done'. She saw more of New Orleans than I did, taking a canoe tour of the bayous, a tour of the Garden District and a cooking class. She met people and had a wonderful time. So all of that came back to her when she saw the city underwater and the heartlessness of the FEMA response, the death of innocents. She saw Sheppard Smith lose it on Fox and something in her snapped.
She is royally pissed off, people.
And she blames Bush.
Did you GOP lurkers read that? You guys are toast. You lost one of your most ardent supporters and very likely more.
Not only that but when I asked her why she thought FEMA was so slow to react she said, "Because they're black. It's racism. And it's just disgusting. Those people are Americans."
Now, dear readers, I have not spoken to my mother very much in the past week, I have tried to stay far away from poitics with her so she came to these conclusions all on her own. She donated money, is looking to organize a caravan to Louisiana and offered her house to hurricane victims. She did all of this on her own.
So when I heard her tell me all of that, my only reaction was, "Welcome back."