On political liability

"Mary Matalin, a Cheney adviser who has helped him deal with the shooting fallout, rejected suggestions that the White House's handling of the incident might result in political damage. 'We have a history replete with evidence to the contrary,' she said. 'Every time we've had predictions of monumental liability, it never occurred.'" -- Yes, she's right. Why is that?

Either because the predictions were off base, or... what? What else could that possibly mean?

I'm racking my brains here. I just can't think of why it might be that there's "a history replete with evidence to the contrary" that monumental political liability hasn't added up to real, hard screaming pain from the Bush White House.

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