The president's head of Gulf Coast recovery, Donald Powell, has submitted his resignation, and, judging by the time that has passed without the naming of his successor, Gulf Coast recovery doesn't -- big surprise! -- seem to be a high priority for the administration.
Neither, according to Powell, does it seem to be one for those who would come next. Way at the bottom of a generally laudatory Times-Picayune writeup of Powell's farewell interview with the paper comes this, which should have been the lede of the story:
But none of the three U.S. senators still running for president showed much of an interest in working with him, he said. Powell recalled talking with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., a couple of times about recovery issues, but said he spoke with former President Clinton more often because of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. Powell said he didn't recall talking to the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, nor to Clinton's Democratic primary opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, although his staff dealt with Obama when he accompanied Lieberman on a tour of New Orleans in early 2007.
Maybe, someday, some enterprising reporter (do they still have those?) will ask each of the remaining candidates for the presidency why they didn't show much of an interest in working with the administration's point man for the recovery. Until then, we're free to draw our own conclusions.
And so it goes.