The snow had hardly settled Tuesday night before the SnowedOut Atlanta blame game had begun.
Now, it’s in full swing.
The mayor (see above) is to blame for thousands of people getting stranded on your local streets.
Gov. Nathan Deal is to blame for not planning far enough in advance to have DOT crews out, salting the interstates.
Schools are to blame for sending kids home too late in the day, stranding them on school buses on gridlocked-highways or forcing them to spend the night at the school gym.
Businesses are to blame for not sending their employees home sooner. Or sending them home when everyone else was going home and the school buses were trying to get the kids home.
The National Weather Service and your favorite meteorologist are to blame for not predicting that the storm would hit farther north of the Gnat Line.
But what about the issue of personal responsibility when it comes to making the decision to drop what you’re doing, get your family safe and get home?
I’m not saying that the eight-month pregnant woman stranded for 14 hours on Langford Parkway was to blame for her predicament. Nor am I blaming a good friend for a nine-hour trek that only succeeded in his car winding up in a ditch. And I have nothing but heartfelt condolences for the hundreds of kids whose first night away from home was in a school gym.
But we all knew this was coming as early as 5 pm on Sunday, when the National Weather Service first issued a winter storm watch. By Monday night, everyone knew that at least an inch of snow was on the way.
And everyone knows what happens when snow and ice hit metro Atlanta. It’s a national joke. (Besides, I thought all of these transplanted northerners and Chicago-ans knew how to drive in this stuff …)
We certainly haven’t heard the last of this. On Wednesday night, Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter told All News 106.7 that Deal “got caught with his britches down.” State Sen. Jason Carter is bound to mention this once or twice or a couple of hundred times between now and November 4.
But I’d like to hear if anyone can specifically say what they would have differently if they were in charge, instead of playing the blame game.