How are the American people expected to get worked up over the trivial transgressions of the Bush Administration so far? You know the small mistakes I'm talking about - not heeding the warnings about September 11; diverting resources from the chase for Bin Laden to go after Saddam Hussein; misleading the public about Saddam's weapons, his threat level, his responsibility for the 2001 attacks; Letting Afghanistan get out of control, the Taliban back in business; maintaining Iraq War troop levels and strategies long after they've been proven ineffective; editing science reports they don't like; ignoring disaster warnings surrounding hurricane Katrina; responding sluggishly to the cries for help from New Orleans; putting inexperienced incompetent political hacks in important government positions; outing an undercover CIA operative because they were pissed at her husband; using the Department of Justice to do the dirty work of the national Republican Party; and then there's a wee bit of corruption as congressmen cavorting with bribe-artist Jack Abramoff are popping up left and right.
See? What's there to really be upset about?
Until now. Finally, a true American scandal.
On Friday, Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state one day after confirming to Brian Ross of ABC that he had patronized the Pamela Martin firm. Speaking yesterday on "Good Morning America," Ross said Tobias told him Tobias's number was on Palfrey's phone records because he had called "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." There had been "no sex," Ross quoted Tobias as saying, and that recently he has used another service, "with Central American gals," for massages.
ABC is expected to air a report on Palfrey and her clients on "20/20" on May 4, during sweeps.
More revelations are in the offing. Ross said the list includes the names of some "very prominent people," as well as a number of women with "important and serious jobs" who had worked as escorts for the firm.