Part of the GOP spin in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was that it was Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco who dropped the ball in not declaring a state of emergency soon enough. Among others, the Washington Post (rapidly sinking into total irrelevancy) was suckered by such a claim as you can read here (note the correction at the top of that page where the WaPo had to eat crow after they learned they'd been bamboozled by the administration).
So how to explain what happens when it's Texas that's in the bullseye?
President Bush declared states of emergency in Texas and Louisiana. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) urged residents along a 250-mile swath, from Beaumont to Corpus Christi, to leave.
Yes, it's Commander Chimpster himself who is declaring a state of emergency. Apparently, he had the power to do that all along. Gee. Who knew?
(Heck, even that schizophrenic dimbulb Andrew Sullivan figured this one out. Well, OK, he needed some help from a reader but, when it comes to Sully, you have to be charitable.)