Here’s a good read about how the Democrats could benefit politically from Hurricane Katrina. I gotta admit, it’s a good argument. John Dickerson first chastises Howard Dean for trying to play the race card. Then he says:

Democrats don’t need to rile up their base any more. They need suburban voters, and for suburban voters, Katrina isn’t so much about race, it’s about homeland security—about what would happen if someone bombs their mall. Some Democrats understand this already. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Clinton have both tried to pitch sensible reconstruction plans for the Gulf while also talking about the glaring problems exposed in the country’s homeland security.

Justified or not, I’m pretty sure a Democrat running against Dick Cheney in 2008 could score a lot points charging that the U.S. isn’t ready to deal with a catostrophic attack.