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Scandal fatigue

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In more ordinary times this would be a very big scandal indeed, but the Bush administration has made flagrant lawbreaking at the highest levels of government very much a dog bites man story.

One brilliant feature of the winger noise machine is that those operating it realize that an extra added bonus to making up a never-ending series of either wildly exaggerated or completely imaginary “scandals” is that the public gets desensitized to the term. So you didn’t pay your nanny’s social security taxes, and I ordered some people to be tortured to death — I guess we’re all sinners before God!

At least Alberto Gonzales still can’t get a job. (And shame on any law school who pays the man’s well-earned legal bills by handing him a 30K speaking engagement).

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