The country is almost back to normal!

This post first appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here with permission.

I watched Meet the Press on Sunday and I saw a welcome sight - reporters doing their job. Asking tough questions of people in power, holding our government accountable, and then (gasp) having an honest dialogue with no nonsensical demagoguing.

It's amazing how paper thin the administration's answers are when they're actually challenged. Condoleezza Rice looked down right desperate. It was so frustrating to so many of us that it took Tim Russert three years to ask the relevant questions about Iraq. But, alas, it has happened. And the administration response is awful.

Russert asked how we could believe anything the Bush team says when every one of their promises from 'the WMD threat' to 'being greeted as liberators' proved to be exactly wrong. There is no good answer to that. Rice had to fall back on -- we're making progress. In some ways, it was painful to watch.

This is why I am encouraged. No one believes them anymore. Their spin has become tired, transparent and pathetic. It's almost as if the psychiatrist has snapped his fingers, and the country has woken up. The spell is broken.
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