John Tierney just went and got himself in heap of trouble with the left:
We are in the midst of a remarkable Washington scandal, and we still don’t have a name for it. Leakgate, Rovegate, Wilsongate – none of the suggestions have stuck because none capture what’s so special about the current frenzy to lock up reporters and public officials…
The White House felon So far Karl Rove appears guilty of telling reporters something he had heard, that Valerie Wilson, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, worked for the C.I.A. But because of several exceptions in the 1982 law forbidding disclosure of a covert operative’s identity, virtually no one thinks anymore that he violated it. The law doesn’t seem to apply to Ms. Wilson because she apparently hadn’t been posted abroad during the five previous years.
The endangered spies Ms. Wilson was compared to James Bond in the early days of the scandal, but it turns out she had been working for years at C.I.A. headquarters, not exactly a deep-cover position. Since being outed, she’s hardly been acting like a spy who’s worried that her former contacts are in danger.
At the time her name was printed, her face was still not that familiar even to most Washington veterans, but that soon changed. When her husband received a “truth-telling” award at a Nation magazine luncheon, he wept as he told of his sorrow at his wife’s loss of anonymity. Then he introduced her to the crowd…
For now, though, it looks as if this scandal is about a spy who was not endangered, a whistle-blower who did not blow the whistle and was not smeared, and a White House official who has not been fired for a felony that he did not commit. And so far the only victim is a reporter who did not write a story about it.
It would be logical to name it the Not-a-gate scandal, but I prefer a bilingual variation. It may someday make a good trivia question:
What do you call a scandal that’s not scandalous?
I wonder how many ways his name will be taken in vain at dKos.
Oh, btw- can someone help me out with something. Can someone tell me the origin and meaning of ‘adoring the codpiece’ or ‘worshipping the codpiece?’ I have seen this several times in the past few days, and I was just curious what it all meant.