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