The Politics Of Hurricane Katrina
Sunday brings the fourth anniversary of what is now viewed as the first catastrophe to devastate the nation during George W. Bush's presidency, and the one that gave Bush a strength in his personal poll ratings which has only lately begun to recede. Next week also brings the biggest UN General Assembly confab ever.
Where does a president turn when his domestic outlook is rocky and his approval ratings are at their lowest ever? To national security and foreign policy, to reaffirm his world-leader credentials. Not that Bush's domestic picture is totally without bright spots: gas prices are at least temporarily stalling, and next week brings the confirmation hearings for chief justice nominee John Roberts, who may face some tough questioning from Democrats but is expected to be approved.