Let’s play a game called “supposin’.”
Supposin’ there was a natural disaster where thousands of your fellow citizens were killed and many hundreds of thousands more in dire need of assistance.
Supposin’ you were a blogger who just recently helped raise more than $400,000 in less than 3 weeks for a political candidate who called his former Commander in Chief a chickenhawk.
Supposin’ you had a choice between writing about ways to help the victims of this horrendous natural disaster or writing about how much you hate the President.
Supposin’ you had a choice between getting behind an heroic internet wide campaign to raise money in a completely bi-partisan manner for the people of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi or being a complete twit and nincompoop by trying to blame the President for An Act of God.
Of course, all of this is completely hypothetical, right? I mean, liberal bloggers are FAMOUS for their compassion, yes? They are RENOWNED for the oceans of tears they’ve shed for the poor, the oppressed, society’s “little people.”
Well…looks like compassion has taken a vacation on the left side of the sphere this week.
The mobilization of righty blogs to aid in disaster relief has been breathtaking in its speed and generosity. In fact, visiting sites like Instapundit and Michelle Malkin, one is in danger of being overloaded with information about various charities, websites for specific needs, and links, links links that connect to news about the disaster.
On the left, it’s bash Bush and let the devil take the people of the Gulf coast.
Let’s examine the top several blogs of both the left and right and see what people are talking about today, shall we?
CALLOUS CONSERVATIVE SITES (By Rank)
1. Instapundit has links to dozens of charities, information on corporate sponsorship, what other bloggers are doing as well as being the originator of the idea for the Hurricane Blog Burst set for tomorrow.
2. Michelle Malkin has worked tirelessly, posting hourly updates with valuable links to agencies and individuals to help find missing relatives, ways to help now, ways to help in the future, as well as posting some extraordinarily dramatic news reports that got everybody off their butt in the first place.
4. Powerline offers a link to Instapundit (why duplicate what’s been done already?) as well as giving some immediate historical perspective to the damaging storm by referencing the story of the 1927 Mississippi River flood – an event that some think was the greatest natural disaster in American history prior to Katrina.
5. The Captain also links to Instapundit was well as urging his 25,000 daily readers (many of them bloggers) to participate in the Blog Burst tomorrow.
10. Hugh Hewitt has been a traffic cop, directing readers and other bloggers to sites like NZ Bear who has set up a “Community of Katrina Relief Bloggers” with the blog name and the name of the charity they’ll be blogging for tomorrow.
Pretty impressive for less than 48 hours, eh? Let’s saunter over to the compassionate left and see what they’ve been up to, OK?
COMPASSIONATE LIBERAL SITES (By Rank)
3. Daily Kos. Bush bashing, Bush bashing, war bashing, an open thread for Bush bashing on the Hurricane, Roberts, and Bush bashing. While its true that Kos is bashing Bush in the context of the Hurricane, I wonder if, you know, it would have been better to wait until after the bodies cooled off a bit and people stranded in totally dark attics with water up to their necks were like, you know, rescued.
But hey! That’s just me…
13. Eschaton. Gleeful reporting of gas lines in Atlanta. Bash conservatives. Bash really stupid conservatives. Bash Jonah Goldberg. Bash Bush. Bash Andrew Sullivan (well…you got me there.) Bash Bush. Bash Bush.
Atrios didn’t even bother with Hurricane relief. I mean, why let a silly natural disaster that’s taken the lives of thousands of your fellow citizens stand in the way of a good opportunity to score political points at the expense of dead bodies floating in raw sewage?
16. Kevin Drum. Bash the American people (for good reason). Bash Bush. Bash Bush. Bash Bush. I-Pod. Bash Bush. Drum didn’t even bother to bash the President using the Hurricane as context.
Just business as usual. Drum yawns and scratches his scrotum while people in Biloxi, Mississippi sit on the ground and weep about losing everything.
17. Huffington Post. The first five posters in order: An actual link to the Red Cross! Bash Bush. Bash Bush. Bash Bush. Bash Republicans.
You’d think Ariana would plaster her dog-ugly blog with links to relief organizations and the like. I guess it’s just easier to sit on the sidelines and kibbutz while people in Slidell, Louisiana walk through waist deep water choked with debris and dead bodies.
18. Talking Points Memo. The inevitable “didn’t want to but can’t resist” Bush bashing. Iraqi dead. Bush Bash. Bush Bash. Plug for his other blog.
Marshall should go back to sleep. Either that or at least express some emotion other than hate and disgust for the President. Come to think of it, I’m sure ole Josh doesn’t lose a minute of shut eye over the fact that tens of thousands of his fellow citizens (even if they are goober chewing yahoos from Red America) are without jobs and now live in areas where the likelihood of finding gainful employment so that they can feed their families over the next several months is just about zero.
The bile that’s been rising in my throat all day long has spilled out onto this post. I’ve watched over the last few years as the left has given aid and comfort to our enemies in Iraq, at times openly cheering for an American defeat on the field of battle just so that the President’s standing with the American people would be lowered and they could gain political advantage.
I can’t even speak to their rationalizing the looting going on in New Orleans. The kind of twisted logic it takes to encourage people to steal another’s property – not food mind you, but other people’s possessions – is I believe the most egregious example of cynicism and outright evil thinking that I have seen on the political landscape in 30 years.
And now the treasonous louts have been exposed for the hypocrites they truly are. When Bush bashing trumps the absolute vital necessity of pulling together as Americans so that we can save lives as well as property not to mention saving one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, then it’s time for those on the rational left to make a decision. Will you continue to support Kos and his midget-brained minions in their blindly striking out at anything Bush, or will you put your foot down and say “no more.?” I’m not saying join the Republican party. Hell, given some of the crap they’ve pulled recently I wouldn’t recommend anyone join them. But if you’re not willing to try and make a difference in your own party to cure this nauseating sickness of mind and soul, then you are just as guilty as any of the paranoid, dirty necked galoots who are running the Democratic party.
It had not occurred to me to cast the Katrina-9/11 pairing in political, rather than historical, terms until Fineman bravely blazed the trail. I can understand why he sees a link, but I think his conclusion is dead wrong. Fineman suggests that Bush needs to take a page from his brother’s playbook, and imitate Jeb’s response to the hurricanes that buffeted Florida last year. I maintain that Jeb was himself imitating his older brother—that same older brother who almost four years ago stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center and gave the famous “I Can Hear You…” speech. That is the Bush we will see over the next weeks—that we are already seeing, for that matter.
Absolutely spot on. You want to get political Howard? You should know by now that in times of national crisis people will rally to the President if he asks them to.
That’s Bush’s next speech. And you Howard, will look like you are engaging in wishful thinking instead of hardnosed political analysis which is what we assume Newsweek pays you for.
The Commissar has gone me more than one better as he compares side by side many of the same lefty blogs with righty blogs on hurricane relief coverage. This proves not only that great minds think alike but that they are also attached to extraordinarily good looking and successful people – at least from my end.
This concentration on Bush bashing instead of raising money for your fellow human beings who are in dire need has shown up in the starkest possible way.
Here are the total amount raised as of 6:30 PM central time today by the liberal blogad site and the NZ Bear mostly conservative sites:
Gee…do ya think that if Kos and Atrios had paused for a few hours to raise some money for desparate people rather than trying to score political points they wouldn’t leave themselves wide open to this kind of criticism?