Urbin Report

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Blanco caught on tape

Paul from Wizbang has the story:

For all of you who keep blaming Bush and trying to protect Blanco, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. Blanco got caught on tape by CNN admitting she did not ask for Federal Troops. When she didn't think the cameras were live, she made the startling admission to her press secretary.

AND that's not even the worst of it....

Why didn't she ask for federal troops? As Blanco explained to her press secretary as she wiped away tears, if troops came in, they would "put good people in jail."

She was more worried about the "poor looters" than she was the victims. This is outrageous.

Then she tells her press secretary, "I really need to call for the military, I mean, I really should have started that in the first call." BUSTED!

When Miles O'Brien asks her what day it was she asked for Federal troops, she tried desperately to stammer her way thru the answer like a 9th grade foreign language student trying to mumble their way the the oral part of a final exam. When pressed for an answer, Governor Blanco breaks down and has an Admiral Stockdale moment, replying:
"I don't even know what day it is."

Update: Gary from Rightpundit points out:
The second, and most significant point that even the ever insightful Paul missed, is Governor Blanco’s statement about not wanting federal troops in New Orleans because they would arrest looters disproves her spin that she thought she was asking for troops when she asked President Bush for everything he had. She can’t have it both ways.