While Chertoff, Bush, McClellan and Rove, from his lair deep below the Earth's surface, scramble to put the correct spin on the inexcusable delay in response to Hurricane Katrina, it is clear that they are not at the top of their game.
Why? Because while they talk out of one side of their mouths about how "now is no time for the blame game," they are simultaneously blaming that favorite old Liberal Boogeyman, the media.
Chertoff is claiming that the media was declaring New Orleans safe from the brunt of the storm, that it had dodged the bullet.
Now, you can't tell me that Chertoff had no better weather and news resources than CNN or the local Action Five News Double Doppler Radar. And even if he didn't, wouldn't it be part of the Department of Homeland Security chief's job to prepare for the worst case scenario (www.ready.gov), rather than see the bimbo on Fox News say that Katrina would not make landfall, then roll over and go back to sleep?
(And, as Wonkette points out, just what paper did he see that said "New Orleans Dodges Bullet?" Even the Times-Call carried the headline "Heartbreaking.")
Blaming the media has always worked well for the Bush administration, but I doubt it's going to work this time. And honestly, it seems like a half-assed effort from an administration that has always been able to come out of the worst failures smelling like a rose. Perhaps this time, they have all really jumped the shark.