The NY Times has lost interest for now, but maybe the Right can keep this scandal alive a bit longer.
UPDATE: But seriously, folks - Andrew proposes a "bizzarro world" test - what do we think would have happened if this were a gay liberal reporter in a Democratic Administration?
Well, life rarely provides perfectly controlled social experiments, but here is another thought experiment - suppose a widely-read but anonymous liberal blogger played an instrumental role in toppling the Republican Senate Majority Leader. Surely, the right wing bloggers would be up in arms! What if the anonymous blogger was in the pay of the DNC? What if he was a disgruntled Big Media reporter or editor moonlighting as a blogger to promote Republican-bashing stories? The Right would Demand To Know, yes?
Well, no. Folks who have been following the blogosphere will know that I am referring to the role Atrios, who was then anonymous, played in bringing down Trent Lott.
And other folks will remember what happened when Don Luskin threatened legal action against Atrios, in an unrelated incident that might have outed him. Dan Drezner has links to an impressive beat-down by righties ranging from Glenn Reynolds to the NRO. (I would like to say, "bygones", and note that there were folks willing to offer a defense of Don that, if heated twenty or thirty degrees, could have been described as "tepid".)