A lot of people are talking about how the back of the Bush administration has been broken by Katrina, how people are finally “seeing through” them, and so on. I don’t know; that seems like wishful thinking to me. This Katrina thing seems pretty typical for them, and heck, it’s not like they lied about weapons of mass destruction in New Orleans to trick the American people and Congress into approving a hurricane.
It’s horrible, but they’ve been involved in horrible things for a long time, and have been a lot more responsible for them. Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. Thousands and thousands of dead civilian Iraqis who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Abuses in Afghanistan. Extraordinary Rendition. Indefinite detention of Jose Padilla without charges.
If the American people reelected them besides all that, why should their failure to respond to the destuction of a major American city matter?