If He Won Over All the Others, He's Doing Pretty Well "One Family in New Orleans Views Bush Speech With Skepticism"--headline, Knight Ridder Newspapers, Sept. 16 They Find Racism Everywhere "French Quarter Races to Reopen"--headline, Reuters, Sept. 16 And We Thought Sen. Carper Was From Delaware John Kerry* weighed in with a press release after President Bush's speech last night: Below is a statement from Senator John Kerry on President Bush's address tonight on the devastation of Hurricane Katrina: "Leadership isn't a speech or a toll-free number. Leadership is getting the job done. No American doubts that New Orleans will rise again, they doubt the competence and commitment of this Administration. Weeks after Katrina, Americans want an end to politics-as-usual that leaves them dangerously and unforgivably unprepared. Americans want to know that their government will be there when it counts with leadership that keeps them safe, not speeches in the aftermath to explain away the inexcusable." To John Kerry, it seems, leadership is issuing whiny press releases. Just think, if only he'd been elected president, he could respond to Katrina with whiny White House press releases! Another recent loser, Al Gore, weighed in last week, notes Bob Tyrrell: He urged that "the leaders of our country be held accountable" for the flooding of New Orleans. Unfortunately he was addressing the Sierra Club, which was not the best place to bring up the flooding of New Orleans. The very day he spoke a congressional task force reported that the levees that failed in New Orleans would have been raised higher and strengthened in 1996 by the Army Corps of Engineers were it not for a lawsuit filed by environmentalist [sic] led by who else but the Sierra Club. Among those "leaders of our country" to "be held accountable" for the flooding of New Orleans, would Al include the Sierra Club? Why can't these guys handle losing in a dignified way, like retiring into academic obscurity or doing ads for erection drugs? * The haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way promised 229 days ago to release his military records.