New Orleans’s Mayor Ray Nagin is up for re-election in February 2006, Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in November 2007, and Sen. Mary Landrieu in November 2008. All four are Democrats. When they point the finger at the federal government for whatever went wrong in the Katrina response, remember that they are fighting for their political lives.
Of course, while Taranto’s a more articulate political writer, Knopfler can still run rings around him on the Stratocaster.
Meanwhile, in more early ’80s pop culture referencing, Jonah Goldberg notes that life (and Randall Robinson) imitates C.H.U.D.