Framing Science

i-808b51ccab83e419be89637f4dd3e174-BushNewOrleans.jpgPresident Bush observing the disaster in New Orleans from Air Force One.

For a campaign that appears to be making all the right moves, Mother Nature might be the one variable that the McCain team can’t control. As New Orleans prepares to evacuate three years to the day that Hurricane Katrina hit, Republicans should not be happy.

Indeed, it was Hurricane Katrina that sent the Bush administration’s approval ratings plummeting. As I detailed in this blog post back in 2006, Hurricane Katrina suddenly made long standing claims that the Bush administration was out of touch with the facts on the ground in Iraq that much more resonant. The disaster also gave greater narrative fidelity to allegations that Bush had traded expertise for ideology and cronyism on a host of issues ranging from weapons of mass destruction to the politicization of science.

So now, just as the Republican Convention is launched at the end of this week, news headlines could potentially be dominated by an event that sends the most powerful of reminders of everything that went wrong with the Bush presidency.


As Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, President Bush joined John McCain in Arizona to celebrate his 69th birthday.


  1. #1 yogi-one
    August 28, 2008

    It’s possible, but it wpould have to become another full-blown disaster.

    Before that, FOX, CNN, and the big three networks will not report on the subject because it contains the potential to harm the GOP, which party they are aligned with against the Democrats (sorry, but that’s how it is).

    The denial of reality, propaganda, the prinitng and repetition of false memes (“Obama is a Muslim, Michelle Obama uses a “terrorist handshake” etc ad nauseum) and the polluting of our nations airwaves with details about what they ate at the hotel for breakfast, how much their hairdos cost, and whether you would like to drink a beer with the candidate are, unfortunately, what is going to be called “political news”.

    With the exception of the internet and a few bright spots in the form of alternative media, I have lost faith in the press. They simply don’t care enough about America to do their job properly anymore.

  2. #2 Brian
    August 29, 2008

    “of touch” should be “out of touch”

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