Mar 3, 2006

When The Levee Breaks: End Of The Road For Chertoff?

(Washington, DC) Conservative magazine Human Events suggests that President Bush may be about to throw Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff under the metaphorical bus.

John Gizzi at HE quotes a source familiar with Chertoff that ""they will give [Chertoff] a little time so it won't hurt his reputation too much, but he's probably got only a few days left."

Reeling from congressional hearings and a public feud with ex-FEMA director Michael Brown, Chertoff took another hit several days ago when teleconference videotapes seemed to show that Brown took an unfair amount of the blame for the federal government's failures in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.


Anonymous said...

Chertoff is cooked.

historymike said...

So say the rumor-mongers. Should they be believed?

Gizzi is usually dead on.

Hooda Thunkit said...


Looks like it's house cleaning time...

Sometimes, house cleaning isn't necessarily a bad thing :-)

liberal_dem said...

Chertoff was ill-placed in his position as was Brown. Cronies, both. So to dismiss Chertoff is to admit error and the Bush Administration will have none of that.

historymike said...

Interesting take, LD.

If nothing else, Bush sticks with his people a long time.

Call it loyalty, call it stubbornness, but he is not quick to pull the trigger.

He has stuck with Rumsfeld much longer than I thought he would, despite calls on both sides of the aisle for fresh grey matter at the top of Defense.

McCaskey said...

"When The Levee Breaks"---
One of the all-time great Zep songs

historymike said...

Yep - gotta love the Zep.

The drums on that song are tremendous - Bonham pounds them with such a primal ferocity that they almost explode.

This snippet is from Wikipedia:

The famous drum performance was actually recorded by placing the drumkit and drummer at the bottom of a stairwell at Headley Grange, and recording it using a microphone three stories above, giving the distinctive resonant but slightly muffled sound. The break has long been popular in hip hop and dance music circles for its "heavy" sound and has been used for many tracks, notably including Tomoyasu Hotei's Battle Without Honour Or Humanity from the Kill Bill soundtrack and the Beastie Boys' "Rhymin & Stealin" from their 1986 album Licensed to Ill.

liberal_dem said...

Here's a line from an op-ed titled, "Forget the Impeachment; Bring in the Psychotherapist"

Although several prominent and well-respected psychiatrists already have written extensive reports about Bush’s condition---albeit from analyzing and treating identical symptoms in hundreds of similar personalities---one hardly needs a doctorate in psychology to recognize that something is wrong not only with Bush’s bizarre thinking but the decisions he makes based on that thinking.

Pretty well sums up the mental problem of our Commander-in-Chief.


McCaskey said...

"When The Levee Breaks"

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break, [X2]
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, [X2]
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home,
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They go no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

All last night sat on the levee and moaned, [X2]
Thinkin' about me baby and my happy home.
Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... Sorry but I can't take you...
Going down... going down now... going down....
Bush Administration, goin' down....
ah sorry, HistoryMike got me off tangent

historymike said...

It's a great song. I have never heard the original, which was recorded in 1929.

Jacob said...

You can hear the original song here. Enjoy, It's great.