Somebody in florida right now is probably thinking "hmm, this is odd, FEMA did a good job helping *us* during our hurricane emergencies".
As Billmon points out, "It appears there's something special about years divisible by two -- and particularly every other year divisible by two -- that can inspire amazing feats of bureaucratic energy and competence, at least in large, populous swing states."
Maybe one of the lessons here is that it isn't healthy to be a deep red state. Especially one that, as that Horrible Communist birdie keeps whispering in our ears, got a little too excited about privatization.
Go read Billmon, he has lots more.