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Another disgraced Bush crony: Dressed for success, primed for failure

In today's Washington Post, Howard Kurtz offers a retrospective on failed and ousted FEMA chief Michael Brown in light of the latest revelations:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Brownie fretted about his attire while New Orleans drowned. This would make a great sitcom if the results weren't so tragic. What on earth was this guy doing in charge of federal emergency response? I like witty e-mails as much as the next cubicle-dweller, but for Michael Brown to be making jokes while hundreds of thousands of people were in crisis--a crisis his agency did very little to alleviate--pushes the boundaries of bad taste. And why is he still on the payroll? The correspondence that surfaced yesterday reads like an "SNL" skit. Brownie e-mailing his spokeswoman Sharon Worthy, days before Katrina crashed into Louisiana and Mississippi: "Tie or not for tonight? Button-down blue shirt?" Days later, after Brownie was reckless enough to appear alongside Bush in a long-sleeved white shirt, came this urgent advice from Worthy: "Please roll up the sleeves of your shirt, all shirts. Even the president rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow. In this [crisis] and on TV you just need to look more hard-working." Look more hard-working. Key word: look. Forget results. It's all about image. > Read entire column
A comedy of errors that wasn't so funny. Brown will now have the odious distinction of being one of those people in history that becomes a standard-bearer of bad events — Pontius Pilate, Benedict Arnold, Monica Lewinsky... Michael Brown.

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