Watson's got a good point.
The Democrats should be running hard with this one.
Hurricane Katrina and the drowning of New Orleans marked the end of the Bush Presidency. More than the failures in Iraq, the President's rushing off in the opposite direction from the disaster areas to play air guitar while one of the great American cities disappeared and giant swaths of the coastal south sank from view opened the nation's eyes to the Bush Administration's incompetence, fecklessness, and sociopathic disinterest in the lives, and deaths, of average Americans.
The Democrats don't need to harp on Bush's personal failure at the end of the summer of 2005, but they can and should be promising to end the continued failure of the government to rebuild the city and other devastated areas and bring people home by giving them something worth coming home to.
If there is one thing Democrats have proven over the last 70 odd years that they can do better than Republicans, besides balance budgets, protect the environment, see that basic goods and services are delivered, encourage economic growth, and resist politicizing the criminal justice system, it's build things.
They can also point out that a major reason state and local response to the disaster was so inadequate is that large numbers of National Guardsmen and their unit's equipment were over in Iraq.
Kansas is now having the same problem.