Dirty tricks in Majority Leader Frist’s office

If nothing comes of this story, I think that we might as well give up.

“From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password….With the help of forensic computer experts from General Dynamics and the US Secret Service, [the Senate Sergeant-of-Arms’] office has interviewed about 120 people to date and seized more than half a dozen computers — including four Judiciary servers, one server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, and several desktop hard drives.”

Nothing came of Enron. Nothing came of the Plame case. Nothing came of the Republican Party Communist spy Katrina Leung’s case. (But at least the Democratic candidates footwear and sweaters have been thoroughly covered).

The Democrats are jellified and the press, the Republicans, most of the media, and much of the electorate are too cynical and corrupt to care. Both Josh Michah Marshall and Calpundit seem to think that something will come of this one.

I doubt it, but I’d be willing to pay good money to be proven wrong. Right now I’m waiting for a parade of the usual suspects to explain that this is no big deal and that it’s really Clinton’s fault — or maybe the story will just die quietly. The next month should be enough to tell.

If the story dies, it will prove that the Republicans are able to get away with anything. And between now and November, presumably they will.