Nice & realtively cool here on the Left Coast. Not that we're going to do any thinking, just some linking.
Our titular target, Megan McArdle, is far from the only blot on The Atlantic's masthead. In fairness, I refer you to today's masterpiece of idiocy from Marc Ambinder:
Journalists, including myself, were very skeptical when anti-Bush liberals insisted that what Ridge now says is true, was true. We were wrong. Our skepticism about the activists' conclusions was warranted becauseAnd his non-apology apology. (Sounds like the boy is just about ready to get a well-paying job as a mouthpiece for a Republican politician or right-wing think tank.) Not that his position at The Atlantic would be ever be endangered, even by the admission of his foolishness, & then the admission that his stupidity led to his folishness. (Say, Marc, if anything said against Bush, ever, was motivated solely by this "gut-hatred," you must love George W. so much that you want to marry him, huh?)
these folks based their assumption on gut hatred forPresident Bush, and not on any evaluation of the raw intelligence. [Addition: That's a hasty generalization. Many of the loudest voices were reflexively anti-Bush, but I can't accurately describe the motivations of everyone, much less a majority, of those who were skeptical. There were plenty of non-liberals who believed that the terror threats were exaggerated.]