I was watching Tony Snow's Sunday program a couple of weeks ago, and the panel was discussing Zell Miler's new book, and his "motivations" for writing it.
It was Cece Connolly who expressed a view that I realized was a perfect illustration of the cynical and vile way that the Washington establishment views the world. Ms. Connolly posited that perhaps Senator Miller wrote the book because he is seeking appointment to a high level position in a second Bush administration.
Her musings made it clear that the Washington establishment considers it impossible that an elected official can actually have an agenda outside of his/her own personal self aggrandizement. She, in fact, projected her own worldview onto Senator Miller. She (and they, with few exceptions) is incapable of recognizing decency when it is staring them straight in the face.
This, in a nutshell, is the reason why the Congress and the big media are leading us down the road to perdition