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Kinsley on Hindsight

The thoughtful Michael Kinsley of the 1980s, rather than the snide, opportunistic heckler he is most of the time these days, returned to print today with a column appearing in the LA Times, WaPo, and probaly elsewhere on the subject of New Orleans and "the fetid aroma of hindsight."

Money quotes:

Landrieu’s I-told-you-so’s would be more impressive if the press release archive on her website didn’t contain equally urgent calls to spend billions of dollars to build boats the Navy hasn’t asked for in Louisiana shipyards, self-congratulations for having planted a billion dollars of "coastal impact assistance" for Louisiana in the energy bill (this is before the flood), and so on. Did she want flood control or did she want $10 million to have " America’s largest river swamp" declared a "National Heritage Area"?

In fact, the one president who is pretty much in the clear on this is our current Bush — not because he did anything about the levees but because even if he had started something, it probably wouldn’t have been finished yet.

As the saying goes, read the whole thing.

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I dissent from Steve’s approbation; Kinsley is simply displaying another side of his nihilism:

I knew after I posted the story that I should have said "occasionally" thoughtful about Kinsley in the 1980s, when he was running The New Republic. But, like a stopped clock, even a nihilist is right once and a while.

That’s a wonderful comparison.

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