Can anyone breathe right now? It’s a concern because the Tea Partiers and anti-Muslim bigots are using up all the air. The media can only collectively pay attention to so much apparently and the cost of these people’s fighting to get their lunacy on TV and into the mouths of pundits and politicians too scared to defy the mob has a real cost to us as a society. For example, in all the distraction going on with regard to Mosque this and Socialism that, we might miss an actual scandal (h/t Ed Brayton):
For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured hundreds of requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.
The department abandoned the practice after AP investigated. Inspectors from the department’s Office of Inspector General quietly conducted interviews with employees last week to determine whether political advisers acted improperly.
OK, everyone, this is what an actual scandal looks like. This would have been a major scandal under Clinton, but I suspect slightly less so under BushII for various reasons (IOKIYAAR, political considerations in the Justice Department were let to slide, etc.).
That’s all I wanted to point out. Tenthers, Tea Partiers, Birthers, and otherwise distracted and distracting people can now return to their loud attention whoring inanity.