(For some reason I keep reporting on the Today show this week)
This morning Matt Lauer asked Chris Matthews (of "Hardball") how important this presidential leak story was on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being Barely a Blip on the Radar, and 10 being--
"10, Matt.. 10. Above 10," Matthews broke in excitedly. Gleefully. "Super 10, Matt. Mega Major Colossal 10 - An Ultra Massive 10 on the Global Universal Scale of 10's, Matt."
Then he started drooling, dropped to the floor and spun around while lying down like Curly going "Whoop whoop whoop whoop!!!"
Ok, maybe he didn't do all that, but you could tell that's what he would have liked to say. He was so happy Bush was involved in some kind of scandal he would've given it an 11 if he could count that high.
Which means, of course, it's about a 5.
(See Republicans, 1998, Monica Lewinsky hearings)
A word of advice for all Democrats happy about this non-development (Rich explains it well) - when the Republican party put Bill Clinton through the impeachment ringer for no good reason, it distracted the country for two years and kept the administration from concentrating on the important business of the country. Business such as...I don't know...hunting down terrorists? And a year after the 2000 election we had 9/11. Keep that in mind.