"You could watch the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and feel horrified at the sheer violence and destruction of it; angry at the murderous evil of Mohamed Atta and the other hijackrs; heartbroken at the awful suffering and loss. But there wasn't any cause to feel embarrassed and ashamed.
"Those are the emotions evoked by sights of the massive lawlessness in New Orleans in the days after the storm and the inability of anyone to stop it..."
This is Rich Lowry of the National Review, quoted in the New York Post. He mainly places the blame at the state and local level, but does not exempt the federal government from culpability:
"One wonders: Has anyone in the administration read their Hobbes? Or does he not make the 'compassionate conservative' reading list?"
I don't think that anybody can spin their way out of this one. George is even taking lumps from his defenders.