The challenge of Sisyphus

Judging from what I’ve seen and heard so far (and gosh, if Sean Hannity is good for anything, he’s good for letting you know what the current Official Republican Talking Points are), the right wing noise machine is reacting to the Libby indictment by throwing up a fog of obfuscation. I mean, there’s really no way around it–when the chief of staff of a sitting vice president is indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, that’s a big deal. So what we’re getting, and will get a lot more of, are all the lies and half-truths we’ve already been over a hundred times before, starting with the two-year-old attempts to discredit Joe Wilson himself. (Which is, of course, how we got into this mess to begin with.) Watch for lots of blather about how Wilson had no expertise, why would anyone send him on this mission, everyone knew his wife was in the CIA, she’s in Who’s Who for chrissakes, blah blah blah blah blah. And those of us in the reality-based community will continue to push the stone up the hill, pointing out things that should be self-evident, such as the fact that knowledge of Valerie Plame’s existence did not equal knowledge of her status within the CIA. Etc., etc.

And so it goes.