Gustav's Silver Lining

1. Gustav is now downgraded, and New Orleans looks a lot safer than it did 24 hours ago.
2. Although they weren't in the end necessary, the measures - including mass evacuation - taken by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and others suggest that it is possible for inadequate leaders to learn from their mistakes.
3. Even George Bush wanted to show he'd learned his lesson, although ideally he should never allow himself to be near microphones that can broadcast his more or less consistent stream of asinine banality.
4. Best of all, if you're a McCain Republican, the storm has removed the embarrassing spectacle of an address to their convention by two of the most detested politicians in America - er, its president and vice-president.


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