Michael Brown Spins the Gulf Oil Spill Catastrophe

michael heckuva job brownFormer Bush FEMA Director, Michael “Heckuva job, Brownie” Brown, tells Neil Cavuto on FOX News and repeats it in an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper:

“This is exactly what they want, because now he [President Obama] can pander to the environmentalists and say, ‘I’m going to shut it down because It’s too dangerous,’ while Mexico and China and everybody else drills in the Gulf. We’re going to get shut down.”

So that’s what our political discourse has sunk to? Discredited figures like Brownie are on TV jockeying for partisan gain, milking a national tragedy that is probably going to change forever the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast? Brownie uses a catastrophe that threatens many of the nation’s most important waterways and will probably be a grave setback to any national economic recovery to score pitiful political points against the Democrats? Who are these people? Just when you think the right-wing echo chamber cannot sink any lower, once again, they surprise you. It’s amazing that Michael Brown even shows his face in public. I guess being that rich and that well connected means you never have to say you’re sorry.

Michael Brown is on television spewing the idea that the ongoing catastrophic release of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, like any other event, can be plugged into the right-wing noise machine and used for political gain?

The Astroturf groups are in overdrive trying to either deflect blame from the oil corporations or somehow frame the coverage of the disaster, as Brownie is trying to do, in a way where it cuts against the Democrats and people who care about the environment.

But it’s the rhetoric of failure.

Brownie has obviously awaited this day since he left government in disgrace after Hurricane Katrina when he could darken our television screens once again with his pasty white visage and make the rounds because his Republican connections give him access to mainstream TV news shows where he can excrete his vile lies about President Obama and people who care about the environment.

Unlike Katrina when the southern wing of the Republican Party, which at the time included the Bush Administration, could blow off the crisis because the people doing most of the suffering were black – today’s spill in the Gulf is very different. This time around it’s going to hit a lot of those white Redneck cracker barrels who voted for George W. Bush and by extension Heckuva Job Brownie too, (as well as Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal and the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008).

This time around a lot of white folks on the Gulf Coast are going to lose their livelihoods because they were stupid enough and racist enough to vote for the “Drill, Baby, Drill” crowd, which is nothing more than a collection of radicals who despise any constraints on the ability of corporations to exploit the land, labor, and resources of this country. The ordinary white folks down South who hate “Big Government” even to the point of opting out of health care reform and the stimulus now want “Big Government” to save their sorry Southern asses from the same corporate elites they helped put in power during the glorious Bush years.

Michael Brown is like a ghost from a past that is best forgotten. He and others like him are like desperate pathogens clinging to a dying host called the Republican Party. Please keep it up Brownie. You are doing a heckuva job! — like your racist brethren in Arizona who have shown Latino voters where the GOP stands, you’re doing a heckuva job galvanizing votes among people who care about the environment for the Democrats.

Joseph Palermo

Crossposted with Joseph A Palermo

Published by the LA Progressive on May 7, 2010
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About Joseph Palermo

Joseph Palermo is Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento. Professor Palermo's most recent book is The Eighties (Pearson 2012). He has also written two other books: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson, 2008). Before earning a Master's degree and Doctorate in History from Cornell University, Professor Palermo completed Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master's degree in History from San Jose State University. His expertise includes the 1980s; political history; presidential politics and war powers; social movements of the 20th century; the 1960s; and the history of American foreign policy. Professor Palermo has also written articles for anthologies on the life of Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. in The Human Tradition in America Since 1945 (Scholarly Resources Press, 2003); and on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon (CQ Press, 2004).