Coulda guessed this one

Hear hoofbeats, expect to see horses.
Hear “White House sliming operation,” expect to see Karl Rove.

Yesterday we saw that an anonymous “senior Administration official” had slandered Gov. Blanco by claiming that she had never proclaimed a state of emergency for the Katrina situation, when in fact she’d issued one days before the storm hit. Today we learn that Dan Bartlett and — you guessed it — Karl Rove are in charge of a White House effort to deflect criticism from Bush to local officials.

Well, “slime and defend” has worked for them so far. It’s understandable that they’re falling back on it again this time.

Like me, Josh Marshall wonders whether someone is going to do some original reporting on who told that whopper — also repeated, unsourced, in Newsweek — since the WaPo seems uninterested in telling its readers who was responsible for disinforming them.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com