A reader re-rexplains:
You wrote re Rick Stengel and the U.S. Attorneys scandal:
"One might even believe that a scandal a few weeks old isn't exactly the past."
I would go even further (as other Swampland commenters have) and argue that this US Attorney scandal has little to do with the past. These USA firings came in the wake of the 2006 elections, but are not about the 2006 elections. If this scandal really is what it appears to be, it is about using the DOJ to stack the deck in favor of the GOP for the 2008 elections. As such, this scandal is not about the past, but about the future. For this reason, both the media and Congress need to pursue this investigation vigorously.