Gingrich, DeLay crew were "a group of weirdos"
The corollary to Digby's "Clinton Rules" must be the "Gingrich Rules." It's fine to report how utterly bat-shit crazy the bat-shit craziest Republicans are, but wait until they're safely out of office before you do it (lest they accuse you of liberal bias).
Here's a fine example from CBS's Dick Meyer:
This is a story I should have written 12 years ago when the "Contract with America" Republicans captured the House in 1994. I apologize.
Really, it's just a simple thesis: The men who ran the Republican Party in the House of Representatives for the past 12 years were a group of weirdos. Together, they comprised one of the oddest legislative power cliques in our history. And for 12 years, the media didn't call a duck a duck, because that's not something we're supposed to do.Fair enough. But are they really supposed to report what friggin' fashion designer the incoming Speaker of the House is wearing? No, but that doesn't seem to stop them.
And while I can accept his apology, the point of remorse is not to mumble a mea culpa for the sake of the mumblee, but to learn and grow and change from the experience, and he and his colleagues are clearly incapable of doing that (just read Digby's post if you haven't yet).