[I]t’s pretty clear that in the Plame affair, the whole idea that there was a concerted attempt to “out” an undercover agent is a complete joke. Nothing illegal, immoral, or unethical happened in that regard. However, a bunch of mid-level people in the Bush administration panicked when they thought maybe they had unwittingly broken a law (even though none of them had) and then went into bureaucratic CYA mode, and Libby over-reacted and got silly over it, while people like Rove went into full-blown panic thinking they’d done something wrong (even though they hadn’t).
I agree. Excepting Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, and other entertainment personalities, the whole Plamegate affair is the biggest non-story I’ve seen in the news for a long time.
There are so many legitimate issues to go after Bush & Co. on. Why so many pinned so much hope on so little is beyond me.