Michael Chertoff lost any credibility he had yesterday with the abrupt resignation of FEMA chief Michael Brown. His defensive denial of Brown's performance being in question ("he has a LARGER job to do in D.C.!") obviously was a smokescreen. While this type of whitewash is common in public life, he made it worse by not repeating the same drivel when crossed by reporters (who seem to have grown cajones of late). He said in an arrogant way "I don't know how I could have been more clear in English!"
UPDATE: Turns out Chertoff, not Brown was the guy with the go/no-go power during the hurricane.