Oh sweet mother of storms, don’t play with my emotions like this.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco will formally announce this evening that she will NOT seek re-election, numerous political sources tell WAFB 9NEWS. Blanco was elected Governor of Louisiana in November 2003, becoming the first woman to ever hold the office.

PoliticsLA is reporting likewise. She has apparently requested TV time on local stations to make her announcement tonight.

Though President Bush and then FEMA head Michael Brown took most of the criticism in the wake of Hurrican Katrina (much of it justified), the real villain in that storm was Gov. Kathleen Babineau Blanco. She was indecisive. She brought in Clintonistas to help her cover for her deficiencies and politicize the storm. She kept the Red Cross from doing all it could to help the people left behind in New Orleans. Her performance during the Katrina crisis should stand in the annals of time as one of the worst executive performances in US history. Alongside “Chocolate City” Mayor Ray Nagin, no doubt.

If she exits the race, former Senator and now lobbyist John Breaux would probably step up to run from the Democrat side. Bobby Jindal is running for the GOP. I’d pull for Jindal of course, but either would be better than Blanco.

More: A few Blanco refreshers for those not too familiar with her work.

Blame Bush Blanco
Recall Blanco
Blanco’s Salvo
Katrina Aftermath: More Local Failure

Heck, just go to JunkYardBlog and run a search on “Blanco.” There’s plenty there.

I shouldn’t forget my all-time favorite post, even though it’s not directly Blanco-related:

Local Screwup: Bus-ted!

More: See-Dub reminds me that Blanco makes an appearance here too.

Update: Blancout.

Update: Gateway Pundit has video of Blanco’s announcement.