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EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece appears in the September 26, 2005, issue of National Review.

End of Summer

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Test Your Grip on Reality!

1. The most interesting thing about the devastation and misery caused by Hurricane Katrina is:

a) how quickly it pushed Cindy Sheehan off the front page;

b) that it ends Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco’s chances to be on the ‘08 Democratic ticket for veep;

c) it shifts the old red state vs. blue state dialectic;

d) none of the above. It’s a ridiculous question.

2. The death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist is significant because:

a) it helps Hillary;

b) it gets Hurricane Katrina off of the front page at a time when Bush’s handling of the crisis is deeply unpopular;

c) Karl Rove probably killed him;

d) it helps Cheney.

3. Hurricane Katrina helps Hillary because:

a) it hurts Cheney, who will be seen as linked to a seemingly unfeeling and sluggish administration, and whose daughter is a lesbian;

b) it hurts Rudy, who wasn’t part of the solution to the aftermath, and the country is now one huge disaster removed from 9/11;

c) the Senate hearings on the cause of and response to Hurricane Katrina will feature her prominently, thus gaining her valuable red-state credibility;

d) she remembers how to talk in a southern accent…

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