08/02/2006 04:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Brown Violates a Cardinal Rule on Comebacks

The last time we saw Katrina Designated Scapegoat Michael Brown, he was enjoying a slight uptick in his reputation thanks to the release of a videotape last March in which Brown was warning president Bush how bad the hurricane would be. While no one was going to award Brown the Medal of Freedom, Leno and Letterman began to let up on him and Congress turned to shaping up the folks still on the job, like bumbling Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff.

Now, Brown has violated Washington's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not attempt a second act before its time (see Richard Nixon and Al Gore). With many of last year's victims still living in rickety mobile homes -- the lucky ones, that is -- this is definitely not the time.

Brown launched his comeback effort in the September issue of Playboy in an interview, the only section of the magazine anyone will admit to reading.

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