Hurricane (Marga)Rita is a no win situation for Bush. In the aftermath of Katrina, many people were claiming that the slow response was racially motivated while others thought it was more proof of the president’s incompetence. Now hurricane Rita is barrelling toward his home state of Texas. If the government responds quickly to whatever damage it causes, it will add weight to the argument that Katrina’s slow response was racially motivated (Galveston is pretty upscale and from what I remember of Houston, predominately white) . If the response to the disaster is slow, it shows that Bush doesn’t learn from his mistakes.
I guess there is a chance that Rita won’t cause near the damage or miss the densely populated areas, but I wouldn’t bet on it.