Charles Pierce and an image that will be burned into your brain forever:
A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be. If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it's a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest. And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt "my party" and "my policies"; and those that don't. We condemn the former and forgive the latter-cheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Google.
Karl Rove exchanged e-mails about Pat Tillman with Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier, under the subject line "H-E-R-O." In response to Mr. Fournier's e-mail, Mr. Rove asked, "How does our country continue to produce men and women like this," to which Mr. Fournier replied, "The Lord creates men and women like this all over the world. But only the great and free countries allow them to flourish. Keep up the fight."
If you have at any time in your career as an alleged professional stroked the sweaty nutsack of Karl Rove, who never has exhaled a breath in which he didn't "cheapen the bond of trust that enables a society to progress," you have lost the ability to lecture people about bonds of trust ever, forever.