Interesting. Taken as a whole, I don't see that the article bashes Perry. The message to me is that these people [governor, staff, elected officials] were hard at work doing what they were supposed to do, being concerned and realistic about what they should be doing. I don't much like Perry, although I voted for him twice, but it sounds to me as though he did his job well and the state made pretty much the best of a bad situation.
I agree with your take. And there was no mention of what conservative Texans fear -- that Katrina evacuees who have settled in Texas may change red counties to blue counties.