So, it would seem the decision making process of the Mn/DOT seems to have been woefully deficient.
MnDOT feared cracking in bridge but opted against making the repairs
Structural deficiencies in the Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed Wednesday were so serious that the Minnesota Department of Transportation last winter considered bolting steel plates to its supports to prevent cracking in fatigued metal, according to documents and interviews with agency officials.
Truth be told, there are so many damning graphs in the above story you have to read the whole damn thing. It's sickening. What it boils down to, the government saw there was a problem and chose a course of action that lead to the collapse of this bridge.
This happened on Pawlenty's watch. It resides firmly in his lap. Let's see if he follows in the footsteps of our president and assigns blame. Or maybe, just maybe, he accepts the responsibility of his position and acknowledges his culpability as leader of our state, and it's government.
Now, to his credit, he made a statement without partisan sniping or blaming.
“This is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota. We want to say to the families who are being impacted by this that our hearts and prayers are with you. But we also want to make sure that you know we are doing everything we can to make sure that we respond as quickly as we can to the needs of this emergency.”It's a start. Let's see if he can keep it from becoming a partisan witch hunt. But the only way that can happen is for the Governor to take responsibility, acknowledge the government's actions prior to the collapse are a direct result of his leadership priorities and style, and to make a commitment to begin rectifying this systemic problem and to get our infrastructure in safe, working condition.
Now, if he chooses to not take responsibility, and instead uses this catastrophe as an excuse to point fingers, as Bryan over at Why Now? noted President Bush did, then he's initiated the partisan fighting. As far as I'm concerned, the political gloves come off at that point.
So, Governor Pawlenty, the choice is yours. Either step up and show your true leadership qualities, with some of your supposed Christian ethics, admit to your leadership failure in this event, and then get down to the business of fixing our roads and bridges, or show arrogance and stubbornness and lose any chance for the Vice Presidency.
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Cross posted at Rook's Rant