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Katrina seemed to change everything for a few days. But in the end, it may leave everything as it was—except for Haley Barbour, Mississippi governor

By Tumbler   October 2005

Did Katrina change politics? The conventional wisdom says everything changed with Katrina. The hurricane destroyed the Bush administration’s claims to competence and exploded Bush’s own re-election message that Americans would be safer with him in the White House. It demoralised Republicans and reopened America’s racial wounds in a way that provoked an outraged Colin Powell out of retirement. It invigorated the Democrats and enticed last year’s vice-presidential candidate John Edwards back to the fray with his claim that Bush was producing “Two Americas—separate and unequal.” It brought Hillary Clinton (and her husband) back on to the national stage. Even Bill…

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