Thursday, November 3

"I got it at Nordstroms"

Taking a page from The Smoking Gun, a Louisiana congressman has posted a collection of Mike Brown's e-mails during Hurricane Katrina. (Excerpts are available on the House website.) Unsurprisingly, the disclosures reveal that the ex-FEMA head was completely overwhelmed by the crisis. A number of the e-mails demonstrate that Brownie was very concerned about his television appearances, repeatedly seeking fashion advice from a press aide. (She told him to roll up his sleeves to look more "hardworking.") Then there's this:

On August 29, the day of the storm, Brown exchanged e-mails about his attire. She told him, "You look fabulous," and Brown replied, "I got it at Nordstroms. [sic] Are you proud of me?" An hour later, Brown added: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

In other words, when red-state cronies can't get decent sartorial support, they get Trina'd. If only the Bush team had hired Carson Kressley from the start, the President's approval ratings would surely be sky high.