As the blame game continues with Hurricane Katrina (frankly, we think this one's pretty much the fault of Nature), we're seeing an intense race to the bottom. Survivors be damned; politicians want to survive, too, and the only way they think they can is by pushing someone else into the evil, fetid water of New Orleans.
The feds are determined to lay this one on local and state officials who happen to be Democrats. But they're swiftly running out of wiggle room. The head of the National Hurricane Center says he told two top federal officials that flooding was a distinct possibility in NOLA. According to the Times-Picayune, both Michael Chertoff and Mike Brown were briefed on Katrina's historic potential.
"It's not like this was a surprise," Max Mayfield told the newspaper. "We had in the advisories that the levee could be topped."
Chertoff doesn't seem to remember this conversation. Too bad for him that it's logged in the records of the National Hurricane Center -- and in Mayfield's mind.