various denizens of the pajama brigade have come to the conclusion that the only thing that went wrong with Hurricane Katrina was the failure to deploy school buses.
I take no pleasure in counting up buses, Googling seating capacities and tallying up the number of lives that might have been saved. But when the blame game started, Mayor Nagin and Terry Ebbert made it necessary to do so.
Same guy, guesting for Malkin:
And they fact of their unuse demonstrates a deeper pathology at work in New Orleans government: The entire thing was rotted from the inside out. New Orleans' government was a disaster waiting to happen.
So the failure to order the buses out of their yards wasn't some failure of imagination on the part of Nagin and New Orleans. It isn't a case of the city not understanding the scale of what a Cat-4 storm could do to the city. According to New Orleans' own emergency plan, those buses should have rolled at least as soon as the mandatory evacuation order was given on Saturday, if not when the voluntary evac order came earlier. The city's OEP failed to carry out this crucial part of the emergency-response plan, which is why so many of the poor, infirm, and just plain stubborn citizens got stranded when the levees broke.
The order should have been placed BEFORE the storm hit, when President Bush gave the evac orders. But I guess we shouldn't expect much from DUmocrats who run the state.
It's a perfect republican meme; it takes the blame off Bush and puts it on a local Democratic official, and it reduces complex issues to something really short and sweet, perfect for interjecting into watercooler conversations and comment threads on liberal blogs.