MIKE BROWN WATCH….FEMA chief Mike Brown has been sent back to Washington, but we’re assured this has nothing to do with the quality of his work. On the contrary: “The department said Brown was returning to Washington to manage FEMA’s national operations because it is still hurricane season.”

Indeed. We need Brown’s steady hand on the tiller in case Tropical Storm Ophelia decides to meander back in the direction of Florida. But perhaps this clue from the Associated Press is more meaningful:

A source close to Brown, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the FEMA director had been considering leaving after the hurricane season ended in November and that Friday’s action virtually assures his departure.

That’s the ticket! He’s been meaning to leave all along! Katrina just sort of focused his mind a bit.

Meanwhile, in other Mike Brown news, Newsday reports on yet another piece of resume padding from his 2003 nomination to head FEMA.