From the November, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Mastery's Anger by Wilfred M. McClay

Mastery’s Anger

Wilfred M. McClay on the Dogmatic Assurance That Someone Is to Blame

Here is a portion of an interview with Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, conducted by Anderson Cooper of the Cable News Network on September 1, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Cooper begins by telling the senator that “for the last four days, I have been seeing dead bodies here in the streets of Mississippi and to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other—I have to tell you, there are people here who are very upset and angry.” He continued:

When they hear politicians thanking one another, it just, you know, it cuts them the wrong way right now, b . . .

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