Before I left LA, I had wanted to post on the contrasting narratives of Katrina and the Gulf Oil spill, but due to the press of a number of obligations, did not get the chance to do so to the degree that I would have liked. And doubt I will be able to address this is in a timely matter.
Fortunately, some other bloggers have been looking into the matter, one of whom is the ever-insightful Jim Geraghty who offers:
The dominant narrative of Katrina made no room for the normal human errors and snafus that mark any response to a giant problem; righties are naturally objecting to the sudden reinstatement of the “Hey, sometimes stuff happens, what can you do?” standard under a Democratic president.
Read the whole thing. Jim also offers links to other insightful observations.
It does seem that the MSM used Katrina to do what they had failed to do in 2004, bring down George W. Bush. And with that good man, but flawed executive, then having an inept communications operation, they succeeded. (If not in throwing him out of office, in at least, portraying him as inept.)