Via the Brothers Judd I see that Lousianna Governor Kathleen Blanco has taken responsibility for the failures after hurricane Katrina. This strikes me as a perfect example of one of the side effects of Logo-Realism, that of cargo-cult politics.
I think it a reasonable presumption that Blanco is simply copying the tactic of President Bush because it seems like it’s working for him. However, this is typical of mistaking form for facts. There are two key differences that seem to have escaped Blanco’s awareness:
I suppose it’s possible that Blanco is just playing for time, counting on the short attention span of modern liberal democracies. Many of the worst served by her have left the state and once the money starts pouring in from the federal spigot, her culpability will get lost behind the clouds of cash. But based on past performance I don’t find that particularly plausible.