"What I'm also struck by is this big debate we have about federalism that's legitimate. But even Thomas Jefferson, who demanded that we amend the Constitution 10 times -- and he was a strict federalist and he didn't believe in big government or centralized government -- when he had the chance to buy the Louisiana Purchase, he jumped at it. Thank God.
"I have a sense that, if you were there, you wouldn't have bought it. And by that I mean this: We had a nonevacuation. Then what? Give up? That's what I feel you did.
"If there wasn't going to be an evacuation and you believed that potentially tens of thousands of people could lose their lives, I want to know what you did."
--Christopher Shays, Katrina response, September 27, 2005