Friday, September 02, 2005


I sent the following e-mail to Rich Lowry of National Review and he published it in the magazine's blog, The Corner: (grammatical errors are mine)

The Corner: I just read your spot-on piece about the Coming Battle Over New Orleans. Sadly, I think the New Orleans Flood has destroyed Republicans in the eyes of many poor and black people around the country. Ken Mehlman's extension of the olive branch to the NAACP is long-forgotten, the "September 10th" of racial reconciliation speeches. Whenever the GOP will try to outreach to Blacks, white and black Democratic leaders will say, "remember New Orleans!" The new battle cry of racial demagoguery will be even more effective than the Florida recount fiasco of 2000. Even though I think that the city and state (Democratic leaders of a predominately black city) stranded those innocent people at the SuperDome and Convention Center, the Republican party will be blamed for leaving poor blacks high and dry.

The only way I can see any hope is if Bush throws the whole weight of his administration toward rebuilding New Orleans into an even better city for these people who were obviously overlooked as everyone high-tailed it out of New Orleans. I don't think it'll happen and I'll be sad to see GOP efforts fail while Democrats continue string black voters along.

This is some of what wrote Rich Lowry wrote in his article, The Coming Battle Over New Orleans

In many senses, however, poverty is indeed dangerous. The root of it, more than anything else, is the breakdown of the family. Roughly 60 percent of births in New Orleans are out of wedlock. If people are stripped of the most basic social support — the two-parent family — they will be more vulnerable in countless ways, especially, one assumes, in moments of crisis like that that has befallen New Orleans. If the tableaux of suffering in the city prompts meaningful soul-searching, perhaps there can be a grand right-left bargain that includes greater attention to out-of-wedlock births from the Left in exchange for the Right’s support for more urban spending (anything is worth addressing the problem of fatherlessness).

Unfortunately, the post-catastrophe debate will probably be toxic and unhealthy, just like the oily, fetid waters of New Orleans.

Rich Lowry: The Coming Battle Over New Orleans


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