Given that republicans are too cowardly to admit that their administration fucked up the response to Hurricane Katrina and that their governing philosophy is not compatible with a competent or compassionate response to such a disaster, we've seen both Operation Blame the Victim and Operation Blame the Locals in effect.
But there are just too many facts that are against them. So we're starting to see conservatives admit the truth even while exhibiting an astonishing inability to let go of their increasingly perverse ideology. The American Enterprise Institute:
Those who remained behind in New Orleans despite the orders to evacuate did so for many reasons (no car, nowhere else to go, etc.). But at heart, the fact that they did not make a more concerted or even desperate attempt to leave implies that they expected to be taken care of.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is really trying. That kind of rationalization really takes some fucking effort. OK, sure, we admit that poor people don't have cars or a lot of money -- but they didn't try desperately enough to get out. See, it's still their fault! Let's have a little more desperation next time, OK? See, the fact that poor people don't own cars can only mean that they're lazy, worthless, and expect to suck at the federal welfare teat for the rest of their lives.
It's an impenetrable fact-resistant shield, built by Enron with billion dollar tax breaks out of a combination of stupidity, stubborness and indifference. And there's nothing you can do about it.