I have just completed reading Sean Wilentz’s The Age of Reagan: A History 1974-2008. This was to be my flight back to Australia read, but I got impatient. I finished reading it as a huge storm blew over Bloomington, so there may be a poetic analogy between that storm and the conservative uprising in US politics that is the subject of Wilentz’s book.Wilentz’s key point is that just as the period in US history from the Great Depression to 1968
Salon has carried a story on the Bush Administration’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans in 2005 which suggests that what transpired was worse than incompetence, but straight out political manipulation of the situation.
The author, Paul Alexander, argues that Karl Rove was given responsibility for managing the Federal Administration’s response, and that Federal aid to the stricken city – most notably 500 buses that the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) had promised to provide – was withheld