The Washington Monthly: "Is this the Bushies' usual attack and divide strategy? Sure. But it's a pretty savvy version of it, and as the press retreats into its usual faux cluelessness and Republicans start circling the wagons, there's a good chance that it will work. Last week's images of New Orleans may have been searing, but counting on institutional memories to last longer than a week is usually a sucker's bet. It'll be business as usual by October.
I don't think there's any question that Katrina will hurt Bush a bit, especially since he's been hurt by so many other things during the past year. It's just one more nail in the coffin. What's more, it's always possible that it will pave the way for some future screwup to do him even greater damage. Taken by itself, though, I suspect the White House will weather Katrina a lot better than New Orleans did. The press just isn't much interested in investigating the incompetence storyline that's the real lesson here."