New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin -- possibly the least capable and most boorish big-city mayor in America -- can't seem to keep his mouth shut about the wrong things nor express how to get the right things done.
During a "60 minutes" interview, a reporter questioned why flood-damaged cars still haven't been plucked from the streets of New Orleans' Katrina-wracked Ninth Ward after one year. The always cranky Nagin replied, "You guys in New York can't get a hole in the ground fixed, and it's five years later. So let's be fair."
He was referring to the World Trade Center site. A hole in the ground?
Nagin's comparison of redeveloping the site of the most devastating terror attack in history, where the world's two tallest buildings were reduced to rubble, to the removal of ruined cars from New Orleans streets reveals as much about his knowledge of civil engineering as much as his insufferable ego.
How many cars could five guys with tow trucks remove in a 40-hour week? 200? 400? And when politicians start comparing disasters like they compare their, um, private parts ("Mine is bigger than yours!") then we're all screwed. Lots of people in Southeast Texas feel they were overlooked when "the forgotten storm" Hurricane Rita hit here three weeks after Katrina hit New Orleans, but nobody's dismissing New Orleans' tragedy as a "stiff little breeze."
But here's the more important question: How can the mayor of a flooded city that's below sea-level insult anybody about a "hole in the ground"?
Nagin's an embarrassment to New Orleans.