Commentators used to call everything "-gate." Now, the most overused--and overstated--putdown is "Katrina."
Political pundits spent another day slamming the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov by calling the embarrassing start to the massive program “Obama’s Katrina.” Former Bush speechwriter David Frum went further: “President Bush did not design and enact Hurrcane Katrina.”
This isn’t the first time commentators have rushed to find an administration screw-up to compare to the natural disaster that killed at least 986 people, caused more than $135 billion in damages, and flooded 80% of one of America’s most storied cities, which means it probably won’t be the last time either. Even if Obama’s presidency sees another bureaucratic snafu or serious privacy scandal, the aftermath is unlikely to match the losses that thousands of people, mostly poor and mostly non-white, endured after Katrina.