It’s not just that you make a mistake; it’s that you cling desperately to that mistake and let it define you.
Katrina revealed George W. Bush’s basic incompetence in a way that 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq had not. So he was weak going into the 2006 midterms. There were going to be losses. No one who wasn’t being paid to say otherwise thought there were not going to be some losses.
And you have to assume that some people thought those losses would be smaller: they got rid of “Brownie,” made a lot of noise about “Katrina and Rita,” put Hayley Barbour on television as often as they could, talking about how Mississippi was rebuilt.
The problem was that one failure got people to look at other failures. And the sacrifices didn’t come from there.
After the 2006 election, Donald Rumsfeld resigned. There were rumors it might happen before then, but it didn’t.
A few weeks ago, going into the Wisconsin recall elections, there were rumors that Tim Geithner would resign.
The center isn’t holding. Every pictures tells the same story.