Dem Rep blasts Obama Gulf response as “incompetent”

posted at 12:15 pm on June 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Plenty of Republicans have assailed Barack Obama’s handling of the Gulf crisis as “incompetent,” but few have made Katrina comparisons, mindful of the sensitivities involved in the previous disaster in the Gulf.  Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi isn’t nearly as shy.  Calling the federal response to the Gulf oil spill “a Katrina flashback,” Taylor ripped the Obama administration’s “incompetent” response and says he hasn’t seen anything like it since, well … let’s just say Taylor thinks Obama and his team are doing a heckuva job:

As oil spread as close as 1½ miles from Jackson County’s coast Saturday, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor called the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster “incompetent.”

“I’m having a Katrina flashback,” said the Bay St. Louis Democrat after an aerial survey of the Mississippi Sound and barrier islands Saturday morning. “I haven’t seen this much incompetence since Michael Brown was running FEMA.” …

Taylor said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who heads the spill response, should fix problems that include a lack of direction and equipment.

“Vessels of Opportunity do not identify themselves,” said Taylor. “There is no way to communicate with them.

All those boats are running around like headless chickens. None of them are skimming for oil. It is criminal. Between the amount of money, the amount of wasted effort, there shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Mississippi Sound, but because of this incompetence, it is there.”

Maybe Taylor just got caught up in an emotional moment, and the Mississippi Press took advantage of it.  Perhaps he regrets his words.  One look at his official website refutes that notion.  Not only did he link to the article, he actually reproduced it entirely to make sure people know what he thinks of this response:

“It is criminal what is going on. This doesn’t have to happen, and it is not like I said ‘go fix it.’ I gave them a detailed plan how to do this two weeks ago. They are not doing any of it.”

Taylor’s plan, like the state’s, called for a multilayered response that relied heavily on skimmers to collect oil south of the barrier islands, at the island passes and within the Mississippi Sound.

“I’m absolutely furious,” said Taylor. “If the president of the United States can’t find somebody who can do this job, then let me do it.”

It could hardly hurt.  Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) concurs with Taylor, saying that a bipartisan consensus has begun to develop that Obama is in over his head.  The lack of skimmers has been a particular criticism.   Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has had to start building skimmers, as the federal government has only provided two while the state needs at least 20.  They won’t get full capacity of skimmers on the water until the first of August now, probably far too late to keep the oil off of Mississippi’s shores.

The problem isn’t that the President can’t find someone to do this job.  The problem is the President himself isn’t up to the job of leadership required by the crisis.

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The biggest difference between Katrina and the Gulf Crisis is Bush didn’t create Katrina,Bambi created the Gulf Crisis.
DDT on June 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Oh, so now all of a sudden George Bush DIDN’T accept huge campaign contributions from hurricane Katrina; then waive all its safety regulations; and now overtly interfere with all efforts to stop and clean up the oil spill.

Is there no limit to how far the Right Wing Conspiracy will go in trying to whitewash George Bush’s legacy?

logis on June 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

He’s getting his revenge on all the red-staters that voted for McCain. Obama is like the kid in [Columbine] high school that nobody, even the nerds, liked.
Ward Cleaver on June 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM


Don’t worry; they’ll pay.

They’ll ALL pay!

logis on June 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM

When asked about his response to the oil spill, President Obama insisted, “It was Always the strawberries. I knew George Bush had taken them. I just needed time to prove it before I released more skimmers.”

Clink, clink, clink….

Roy Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

logis on June 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

If you can point out a case where Bush had access to equipment which could have diverted Katrina, and where he deliberately tied hurricane-steering equipment up in red tape so that it could not be deployed, and where he refused help from others, and where he actively impeded and/or shut down hurricane diversion efforts by others, you might have a case.

Lacking such evidence, you look like a left-wing partisan desperately grasping at straws.

landlines on June 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

OBAMA = Loser

Reality Checker on June 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Oh, so now all of a sudden George Bush DIDN’T accept huge campaign contributions from hurricane Katrina…
logis on June 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Lacking such evidence, you look like a left-wing partisan desperately grasping at straws.
landlines on June 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Well, du-uh!

What, do you expect Karl Rove to turn over the REAL receipts, and admit he forged all of Obama’s campaign finance reports?

Doesn’t sound exactly like the sort of thing The Source Of All Evil In The World would be very likely to do, now does it?

logis on June 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Maybe skimmers are racist or something.

PattyJ on June 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I wouldn’t mind it if Teh One spent more time on this golf course…

Don’t forget your AK -FOREty7!

pain train on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Finally! A democrat throws Obama under the bus!

DamnCat on June 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Someone must have shown Gene Taylor the latest poll numbers.

Gator Country on June 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Gene Taylor is a liberal in conservative disguise.

THE ONLY REASON … THE ONLY REASON that he’s denouncing the Obama administration is because he is now in the fight of his life to retain his seat.

Ask him if he’ll REFUSE TO VOTE FOR NANCY PELOSI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE if he’s elected – then see his response.

He knows the Tea Party is getting ready to launch a rocket-full of tabasco right up his political arse!


He’s never denounced the Democrats or their agenda before – sure, he votes “no” on a lot of their issues – but he’s normally always there when Mother Pelosi calls him to do her bidding.

HondaV65 on June 29, 2010 at 10:58 PM

It’s fairly obvious that we don’t have a government response to this problem.

They are creating policy as they go.

AnninCA on June 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

They are creating policy as they go. – AnninCA on June 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

They sure as heck are slow off the mark. The Feds just accepted the help of other nations in helping cleanup this mess. If I was legal counsel to BP I would begin to plan a case around Obama’s mishandling of the cleanup. Meanwhile, there is talk of EXXON buying BP.

SC.Charlie on June 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Geez Louise when will y’all get it?!?!

It is NOT being fixed because it is NOT supposed to be fixed. He WANTS the chaos and destruction! The schmuck is systematically destroying the country and it isn’t because he is incompetent it is because he WANTS to DESTROY IT!

Can we drop the dumbassed articles claiming that he is incompetent. This is deliberate. SAY IT!

Obama is trying to destroy this country and we are sitting around acting as if he is just a dumb little black boy over his head. He is NOTHING OF THE SORT! He is an extremely effective enemy of the state.

PierreLegrand on June 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM