Hendrick Hertzberg of the New Yorker is typing with the auto-rebut feature enabled. Turn it off, Rick!
On the subject of Jeff Gannon, he tells us this:
One might imagine that all of this had the makings of an old-fashioned, months-long, television-friendly Washington scandal—not as important, obviously, as, say, the Iran-contra affair of the nineteen-eighties, but more so than, say, the flap about the dismissal of several employees of the White House travel office in 1993. One would probably be wrong. The non-Fox cable news outlets began to pick up on it last week; msnbc even assayed a special logo, “Gannongate.” A better name for it, though, would be “Nothinggate,” because nothing is what is likely to come of it. What all the memorable scandals of the past thirty years—real and fake alike, from Watergate to the Clinton impeachment—have had in common is that the opposition party controlled at least one house of Congress, which gave it the power to hold hearings and issue subpoenas. If Bush ends up having an easier time of it in his second term than any of his two-term predecessors since F.D.R., it won’t be because the scandals aren’t there. It’ll be because the tools to excavate them are under lock and key.
Emphasis added, and how soon they forget that happy era when the Dems controlled the House, Senate, and White House.
All the Reps had back then was Rush Limbaugh and some noisy Congressfolks, all in the minority. They did not even have The Mighty Fox to nip and snarl at the opposition, yet the Reps drove the news - man, how good was Newt, anyway?
And today, the hapless Dems can not find enough help at the WaPo, the Times, CBS, ABC, and NBC to drive one story about one phony reporter? Pathetic. And even the New Yorker is calling it "Nothinggate". Humiliating.
Well, Sen. Durbin is no quitter! No whining and excuse-making for him - he is busily writing a letter and doing wind sprints, trying to chase down his Senate colleagues who, we imagine, are fleeing before his wrath as though he were a Fox interviewer.
Later, Sen. Durbin may prepare a letter describing an actual crime for Bush and the Justice Dept. to investigate. Or not.
MORE: Joe Mealyus comments that Hertzberg might also want to remember the old Special Prosecutor law; Ken Starr was set loose in 1994.
UNRELENTING: Some helpful proposals for reform of the White House procedures - vote now.