by Max Brantley
Same old stuff. Cheney in Arkansas. At least he didn't shoot anybody.
The DNC greeted Cheney with a news release noting the Bush administration's many security shortcomings under A$a's leadership. We reprint some, but not all, on the jump.
DNC NEWS RELEASE
As the Department of Homeland Security's Undersecretary for Transportation and Border Security, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson oversaw the Bush Administration's failed leadership and misplaced priorities on homeland security. On his watch, the Bush Administration ignored the 9/11 Commission's recommendation on port security and failed to take the steps necessary to secure our borders. Hutchinson was a leading architect of the Bush Administration's dangerous incompetence on homeland security, which garnered failing marks from the 9/11 Commission. [Final Report on 9/11 Commission Recommendations, 12/5/05]
Now, Vice President Cheney is rewarding Hutchinson by heading to Springdale, Arkansas, today to raise money for Hutchinson's gubernatorial bid. In a stunning demonstration of just how out of touch he is with the values and priorities of Arkansas' working families, Hutchinson is bringing in Vice President Cheney despite the fact that the President's approval rating in the state has dropped to a paltry 37%. [SurveyUSA, 7/17/06]
"When Asa Hutchinson and Vice President Cheney share a stage in Springdale today, they should both explain why the Bush Administration has failed to secure our borders, improve security at our ports, and make our communities safer," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. "The last thing Arkansas needs is a governor who shaped the Bush Administration's dangerous incompetence and misplaced priorities on homeland security."
The following is a fact sheet on the failure of the Bush Administration to improve port security or strengthen our borders: