Liberal blogosphere or Bush admininstration hack: Who would you trust?
It’s been two years, so I can forgive people who went looking for information about Feith recently if they overlookedthis, what was one of the first progressive blogosphere forays into publishing, before it became the hot new thing to do. With Doug Feith’s
excuse opus coming out next month (for the love of God, don’t pay for the thing, steal it from somewhere or read over somebody’s shoulder), it occurs to me that it might be worth reminding people that there were, in fact, people on this story before anybody else could be paid to pay attention.
People likeABW, who put together an exhaustive timeline of all Feith’s missteps and mistakes in a Kos diary, such that you can go all the way back to 1996 to see how this mess got started.
People likeMatt Yglesias, who put the blame where it really belonged, on the Congress that did absolutely zero oversight of anything Feith and his cronies were doing.
People like Jack K atThe Grumpy Forrester who brought home why what Feith did isn’t just some silly insider Washington issue.
Anyone looking for information on Feith could do worse than to start there. Anyone looking for a counterweight to his 900-some pages of “I didn’t know nothing” and “the Bush ate my homework, see how unpopular he is now, it’s all his fault” and “mistakes were made” could do worse than to look to the people who participated in efforts to push this story before it was popular and widely accepted. Some of these posts go back to 2003, which in blogtime is prehistoric, I know, but the history’s worth knowing so the present mound of bullshit makes sense.