Brown, and Republicans, RelievedFor once, President Bush has listened to me, and has relieved FEMA Director Michael Brown from his role managing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As I said a few days ago, this guy had to go. Republicans should rejoice, since the public is hungering to see some heads roll, and the less than qualified FEMA director was the obvious first choice.
Brown will be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who was overseeing New Orleans relief and rescue efforts. The FEMA director should always be a hands-on guy. It may well be that Brown padded his resume to get the job in the first place. He was a political crony appointment of the worst type, so all zero base thinkers should applaud his fall from his position of power. It is to be hoped that his boss will demote him all the way to civilian, but getting him out of New Orleans is a fine first step.