Do you remember Raymond Donovan?
Donovan was Ronald Reagan's labor secretary and got caught up in a scandal that dragged on for years. But here's the thing: He was completely exonerated, proved never to have done anything wrong.
I'll never forget after years of having his name dragged through the mud, he blankly asked reporters, "Now, how do I get my good name back?"
I wonder if Michael Brown is asking the same.
The former FEMA chief was all but single-handedly fingered for botching Katrina. It turns out that he didn't botch that much. In fact, he was the one warning the storm could be big.
He wondered whether the New Orleans Superdome would hold up. He wondered even more why residents in New Orleans weren't evacuating. Why they weren't taking patients out of hospitals or prisoners out of prisons. Why hotels were still open.
These seem like logical questions from a guy who has since been deemed illogical, even crazy.
All I know is that in the days before Katrina hit, Brown was hitting his higher-ups with sobering facts: a big storm was coming, even a catastrophic one.
As I see it, there's plenty of blame to go around. But would it kill anyone in the media to say maybe — just maybe — "Brownie" really was doing a heck of a good job?
How does he get his good name back?
Why do I even bother asking the question?
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