My knee-jerk reaction was to attribute the initial wave of criticism to the instinctive Bush-bashing that blames the administration for everything from Mumia to flat soda. Not that I'm unsympathetic to this emotional response; it's just so obviously counterproductive. But the situation in New Orleans is appalling and absurd. The lack of foresight, mismanagement, and slow response is utterly sickening. Also sickening was Bush's smug and flippant demeanor in his press conference. Jesus fucking Christ; can we hope that for once, for once, he might be held accountable for something?