And Now, for a Completely Different GOP Scandal

AttorneyGate is dominating the news and sucking all of the oxygen out of the blogosphere (and rightly so). Even Duke Cunningham's crew has been making cameo appearances on the scandal sheets in recent days. There are so many threads to the tangled White House web that I freely acknowledge it's almost impossible to focus on anything else right now.

So, you're forgiven if an interesting little story that caught my attention today doesn't ring the bell for you. It's the tale of Larry Small, an Intelligent Design (and basically, anti-science) guy who has been running the most venerable of U.S. research and antiquity institutions since 2001 - the Smithsonian. How did Larry Small get his job, what kind of GOP skeletons are rattling around in his closet, and what did he do that caused him to lose his latest job? And his previous one, for that matter?

Fair warning: this has nothing to do with Fredo Gonzales, so if that's all you're interested in at the moment, move along, nothing to see here...

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