Harry Reid: Katrina Nothing Compared to Sandy
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 07, Jan 2013
I am beginning to think that Harry Reid may be one of the smartest men in politics. Believe me, I know what you’re thinking, but the guy always gets his way, says stupid things, and never catches substantial criticism for them. Seriously. Look at what he said about Sandy:
I really do believe it is important that I have the record reflect the reason we have gotten as far as we have on Sandy is because of the senior Senator from New York. It is too bad that it has taken so long. When we had that devastation from Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana—within days. We are now past 2 months with the people of New York and New Jersey.
The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey. Almost 1 million people have lost their homes; 1 million people lost their homes. That is homes, that is not people in those homes. So I think it is just unfortunate that we do not have the relief for New York and New Jersey and the rest already. It has to be done.
Forget the endless criticism George W. Bush ...still receives concerning the government’s efforts to assist in the wake of Katrina, Harry Reid just said that Sandy is way worse than Katrina, AND IS GETTING AWAY WITH IT. According to the Weekly Standard, almost 1,500 people died because of Katrina, while around 110 died because of Sandy. (These two hurricanes are obviously incomparable; showing the death totals is just to give a tangible datapoint for comparison.)
Can you imagine if Speaker Boehner stepped up to a microphone on the House floor and said something like, ‘Katrina? Katrina is nothing compared to Sandy.’? The backlash would be heard ’round the world.
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Even more to my point that Reid could be one of the smartest men in politics: Instead of apologizing, he gives a non-apology saying he “simply misspoke,” and takes the opportunity to bash Republicans in one-fell-swoop. Are you kidding me???
“In my recent comments criticizing House Republicans for threatening to betray Congress’ tradition of providing aid to disaster victims in a timely fashion regardless of region, I simply misspoke. I am proud to have been an advocate for disaster victims in the face of Republican foot-dragging, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy, from fires in the west to tornadoes in the Midwest. I have worked hard with Senator Landrieu to ensure that the people of the Gulf Coast have the resources they need to fully recover, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf until the region is fully recovered.”