It's not as if the White House didn't pull out all the stops to milk the terror plot to further its politics of fear. One self-congratulatory presidential photo op was held at the National Counterterrorism Center, a dead ringer for the set in "24." But Bush's Jack Bauer is no more persuasive than his Tom Cruise of "Top Gun." By crying wolf about terrorism way too often, usually when a distraction is needed from bad news in Iraq, he and his administration have long since become comedy fodder, and not just on "The Daily Show." June's scenario was particularly choice: As Baghdad imploded, Alberto Gonzales breathlessly unmasked a Miami terror cell plotting a "full ground war" and the destruction of the Sears Tower, even though the alleged cell had no concrete plans, no contacts with terrorist networks and no equipment, including boots.Look, there simply comes a time when the administration boosters are no longer worth dealing with. I think this threshold was crossed several years ago. But others have continued to talk about the Malkins, Coulters, O'Reillys, the Rumsfelds, Cheneys, and Bushs as if what they say is significant in some greater war for the truth. They've lost. And you now have to be a complete bozo to hang on to whatever these utter brainturds have to say. It's over. To know that it's over takes only a wee bit of investigation now - or simply paying attention - a bit of common sense, and a bit of an aversion to living your life according to the caprices of authoritarian propaganda. Time to take our laxatives. There is nothing more for these people to say.
Here's the full Rich article (at the indispensable Wealthy Frenchman) for those of you without the NY Times subscription.