A few questions that I haven’t seen answered, even by the right-wing blogosphere:
Who made the decision to not parallel prepare multiple solutions for stopping the oil leaking into the Gulf?
Who was the Coast Guard officer who decided to stop those 18 barges in Louisiana because he couldn’t get in touch with the owner?
Who stole Alabama’s booms?
Who stamped the denial on each foreign offer of cleanup aid?
Who mis-exercised their discretion and rigorously enforced the Jones Act?
For each incident, who stopped a bright, promising local initiative for cleanup?
Is there any doubt at all that if we took the whole Rules for Radicals thing seriously that we would know the names of the people who are making all these dumb decisions on the Gulf oil spill? But we don’t know them. The right wing should have personalized each one of these bad decisions and made it clear that if you get in the way of the people cleaning up, you are personally going to pay a price for it. That price is not being paid and the spill cleanup is being further hindered.
The blogosphere, and yes that includes me, bears some blame for that. We took a look at Alinsky but are showing now that we weren’t serious about it. We should start.