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September 10, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

CLUELESS, PART 2....Last week I rounded up some clueless quotes about Katrina from our friends on the right side of aisle. Here's a new collection from the past few days:

  • Mark Williams, explaining why things would have gone better if New Orleans had more white people: "They didn't have the necessary brains and common sense to get out of the way of a Cat 5 Hurricane....The only role race plays in this is that the American black population has been the prototype for an entire race of people being, being turned into a group of dependents of the government trapped there, I'm using that word very loosely are screaming we want help, we want help."

  • Tom DeLay, chatting with a couple of young evacuees who are now living in a tent in Houston: "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"

  • Steve Sailer, displaying his trademark scientific approach to issues of race and poverty: "In contrast to New Orleans, there was only minimal looting after the horrendous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan because, when you get down to it, Japanese aren't blacks."

  • Rep. Richard Baker (R-Baton Rouge), musing with his lobbyist pals about one of the silver linings from Katrina's destruction of New Orleans: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

  • Rick Santorum (R-Law & Order-SVU), displaying his trademark sensitivity to the plight of the poor caught in Katrina's path: "There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."

  • Hugh Hewitt, explaining that, as usual, the odious MSM is responsible for everything, including all the dead people in New Orleans: "[Reporters] did not do their homework, because they did not understand the levees were the threat, they ended up killing hundreds of Americans. I'm not going to say thousands, because I don't know the number. But I know hundreds are dead, that they did not communicate the severity of this storm."

  • Barbara Bush, wittily showing off the Bush family's famous compassion toward the poor after a visit to the Astrodome: "So many of the people here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."

  • Robert Tracinski, in a widely emailed missive, picking up where Mark Williams and Steve Sailer left off: "But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them."

I'm sure I've only scratched the surface here, so feel free to add your own favorites in comments.

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