The story did its intended work. We've all stopped thinking about Alberto Gonzales. It also conveniently appeared around the same time as the Democratic debates that boosted Hilary Clinton's poll numbers. If you take a look at the long-range patterns, one might be startled to notice (if one hasn't already) that these things always have a way of conveniently bursting upon the American consciousness just as something is going on that either reflects negatively against the Bush adminstration or positively on something going on across the aisle. Inevitably, the bomb scare in the New York subway, or the "chicken feed scare" or the botched attack on Fort Dix turns out to be based on intelligence that has been sitting around for days, weeks, or sometimes even years. I'm continually astonished at how the public continues to fall for it, as unsubtle as it is.
This time around, I knew as soon as I heard government-controlled Fox News anchors all parroting the same exact talking points that "these latest charges are incredibly specific and hard to dispute!" that once again, something smelled a lot like yet another government-invented crisis.
Don't take my word for it. Just last night, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann did a brilliant report about this very thing, and very meticulously tied eleven
separate domestic terrorist "threats" and various alert elevations since 2003 to within days or sometimes even hours of negative press about the White House, or positive Democratic news events. I could see one or two events as coincidental, but not eleven.
This latest may or may not be the same thing. It's really hard to get excited, and I admit, I've hardly listened this time. Reading things here hasn't really filled me in much either, unfortunately. What worries me more is when Republican senators longingly say things like "What we really need is a big event like 9/11 to make people realize how dangerous these people are!"