Never let an oil leak go to waste?

Moe Lane

Glenn Reynolds reminds me of this paragraph by Allahpundit in response to the news that the President has been aware of the true magnitude of the BP spill all along:

The real disgrace here is why, if he really did know right away that this was the oil equivalent of an asteroid strike, he didn’t scramble some sort of all-hands-on-deck emergency operation to protect the coastline. Remember, Jindal reportedly requested five million feet of hard boom back on May 2, long after Obama (according to Wolffe) knew about the magnitude of the disaster. By May 24, not even 800,000 feet had arrived. What happened?

So, seeing as it’s been clear all along to the White House that we had an ecological disaster on our hands: why did the President not act in a timely fashion to try to keep the oil off of the beaches in the five Gulf of Mexico states?
State           Governor          Party             Election Year?    Note
Alabama      Bob Riley           Republican    Yes                    Open race
Florida         Charlie Crist     Independent  Yes                    Former GOP
Louisiana     Bobby Jindal      Republican     No                     GOP leader
Mississippi   Haley Barbour   Republican    No                     RGA head
Texas             Rick Perry          Republican    Yes                    Re-election

Gee, I don’t have the slightest idea.

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