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Dumb Ass of the Day: Gov. Kathleen Blanco

BlancoAs if she and the state Legislature of Louisiana don't have enough to do trying  to help the citizens of New Orleans and surrounding areas recover from Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (a woman and Democratic no less) signed into law today a ban on most abortions.  This comes on the heals of similar legislation from South Dakota, a law that was enacted partly to invite a court challenge in the hope a more conservative Supreme Court would overturn its Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Ms. Blanco, you let your people down after the hurricane with your incompetence under pressure, and now you're letting woman around your state down under the pressure of the winds of ignorance.

Posted by SourKraut on June 17, 2006
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Interesting that she came out with this crap after her husband lost the mayoral election.

Posted by: El | Jun 18, 2006 5:43:14 PM

I think it's a little different than that. First, Blanco didn't fail terribly under pressure after the hurricane. She did some things that were ill-advised, and failed to push the legislature regarding others, but most of the post-Katrina failure was, once again, because of the federal government. And Rove, once again, scapegoated her.

And Blanco is a serious Catholic. She is, unfortunately, to some extent, governing by her beliefts, though I think that privately, the breath of this bill disturbs her.

Posted by: Diane | Jun 20, 2006 6:25:08 AM

Oh, and regarding Blanco's husband, I'm not sure what that is about. He has never run for an office in his life.

Posted by: Diane | Jun 20, 2006 6:26:10 AM

Diane, I'm not letting Dumb-Dumb, Dr. Evil (Rove) or anybody off the hook for Katrina. They're all to blame. I think there were failures at all levels, but it's documented that Blanco failed to make decisions earlier (such as calling in for National Guard troops and Federal oversight) and waviered in decision making.

Posted by: sourkraut | Jun 20, 2006 8:51:29 AM

The whole "shoot-to-kill" thing is what soured me on her handling of Katrina.

Posted by: EL | Jun 20, 2006 9:49:01 AM

sourkraut, the "documentation" you are referencing was put out by Karl Rove. The record shows clearly that Blanco asked for National Guard troops on Aug. 30. They were not given. She asked for them again on Aug. 31. They were not given. She asked for them again on Sept. 1. They were not given. When Bush finally discussed the matter with Blanco, he tried to strongarm her into giving up all state sovereignty. She refused, as well she should have. Seeing he could not take that course, he just walked away and sent the troops.

Posted by: Diane | Jun 21, 2006 10:15:28 AM

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