The don of Mississippi journalism, Bill Minor, thinks so:

Is the Grand Old Party - a.k.a. the Republicans - coming apart at the seams? At least among the faithful followers among Mississippi officialdom, that could be the case.

Ironically, it seems that Hurricane Katrina and the meltdown of George W. Bush's image as a strong leader are at the core of dissension in what had been such a happy marriage between Mississippi GOPers and the Bush crowd.

You can also throw in several other matters roiling around in the West Wing - Karl Rove's involvement in unlawfully outing the identity of an undercover CIA agent whose husband disproved Bush's WMD "evidence" for attacking Iraq, and the defrocking of House GOP powerhouse Tom DeLay.

From our Mississippi perspective, the GOP hegemony down here seems to have taken a bad turn.