Howell’s out

Fox News is reporting that Howell Raines will resign, and the simplistic types on the right who view this as a liberal/conservative issue are undoubtedly popping the champagne corks even as I write this. In reality, of course, the Times’ problems cut across ideological lines — anybody remember Whitewater? Wen Ho Lee? — but I doubt you’ll hear much about that in the days ahead, either on the media roundup shows or from the right half of the blogosphere, which will now be well and truly convinced that it is The Mouse That Roared.