Thursday, September 08, 2005

Just For (Sarcastic) Laughs

Some time ago Rick (the Dick) Santorum said this about the people of New Orleans:

Some prominent Republicans made remarks that fed Democrats' accusations. Asked about the disaster last weekend on Pittsburgh's ABC affiliate WTAE-TV, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) suggested a law-and-order approach to evacuations. "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," he said. He later said he was not referring to the one-fifth of people in the disaster area who reportedly did not own automobiles.

I'm so happy that Santorum defined carefully the groups that should be treated harshly if they don't leave. Like this one, perhaps:

"The green expanse of Audubon Park, in the city's Uptown area, has doubled in recent days as a heliport for the city's rich -- and a terminus for the small armies of private security guards who have been dispatched to keep the homes there safe and habitable. Mr. O'Dwyer has cellphone service and ice cubes to cool off his highballs in the evening. By yesterday, the city water service even sprang to life, making the daily trips to his neighbor's pool unnecessary. A pair of oil-company engineers, dispatched by his son-in-law, delivered four cases of water, a box of delicacies including herring with mustard sauce and 15 gallons of generator gasoline."

Mr. O'Dwyer has stubbornly refused to leave, you see.