BECALMED. We're all 10 miles out to sea and the wind has stopped. It seems that we're not going to learn anything new for a while. The next move, I think, is up to CBS.
Within a few days, we're going to know whether this was:
- The story of some intrepid bloggers who figured out what CBS should have but didn't. Guaranteed this will have huge implications for CBS - and for the Kerry campaign as well. Even if the fake documents can't be linked to the campaign, the candidate has been thrown seriously off-stride at a moment when he had to regain the momentum. Another lucky break for Bush. Let's not forget: there is overwhelming evidence that the story of his shirking his National Guard duty is essentially true. But we'll never heard about it again.
- The story of how these same bloggers, armed with tons of information about typewriters and fonts and Microsoft Word but having no idea what led CBS to declare that the documents were genuine, managed to throw the entire political conversation off-track. But even then, we should cut them some slack, given that forgery experts consulted by our top two newspapers seem to agree with them.