John McCain made a welcome post-Katrina promise to New Orleans and all Americans Thursday, declaring, “Never again, never again, will a disaster of this nature be handled in the disgraceful way it was handled.” He also said that if he’d been president when the hurricane hit, “I would’ve landed my airplane at the nearest Air Force base and come over personally.” His harsh assessment of “the perfect storm” of mismanagement at all levels of government was apt. But for the next president, the real test will be the next real storm.
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