Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):
—8:00 am: Senator Joe Lieberman attends a campaign breakfast fundraiser, New Haven, Conn. —8:30 am: Reverend Al Sharpton participates in the second part of his endorsement interview with the National Education Association, D.C. —9:40 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan —11:00 am: Congressman Dennis Kucinich has a breakfast meeting with the members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, Westwood, Calif. —12:00 pm: Reverend Sharpton speaks at the Baptist Minister's Convention, D.C. —12:00 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a campaign fundraising reception, Bridgeport, Conn. —12:00 pm: House convenes for a pro forma session —12:15 pm: On-camera White House press briefing with Scott McClellan —1:00 pm: Senate convenes for morning business —2:00 pm: President Bush meets with members of the 2003 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, White House —2:30 pm: Senator John Kerry holds an event with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Manchester, N.H. —2:30 pm: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard Lugar holds a press conference to discuss the Iraq supplemental appropriations, Capitol Hill —3:00 pm: Maria Shriver speak to local businesswomen, Santa Barbara, Calif. —3:15 pm: Governor Gray Davis discusses California's healthy families program with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Santa Monica, Calif. —3:25 pm: General Wesley Clark greets supporters gathered for "The General's Assembly" at Woolridge Park, Austin, Texas —3:30 pm: President Bush signs the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act, White House —5:00 pm: Governor Howard Dean participates in "Dr. Dean's National House Call," Los Angeles —5:00 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a campaign fundraising reception, Danbury, Conn. —6:30 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a campaign fundraising reception, Old Greenwich, Conn. —8:00 pm: General Clark speaks at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas —8:00 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a campaign fundraising reception, Stamford, Conn. —8:00 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger holds an "Ask Arnold" town hall forum, Fresno, Calif. —10:00 pm: State Senator Tom McClintock speaks to the Sun City Republican Club, Roseville, Calif. —11:00 pm: Governor Davis participates in a town hall forum sponsored by Univision, Los Angeles
Everyone take a deep breath.
The Bush people will say "you don't really mean it," and the Clinton people will say "oh, NOW you say that," but before every member of the Gang of 500 collectively decides to which noun to attach to the suffix "gate," let's slow down and evaluate how you BosWash elites can do the right thing on this Wilson story.
Back when The Note was young, we used to get all jazzed up whenever we saw shoe-is-on-the-other-foot hypocrisy by one party or the other on Washington/White House scandals.
But, over the years, as we have become as wizened as Ed Walsh's pinkie, we raised the bar for what outrages us.
Still, every so often we trot out our "imagine if Clinton did that … " question, and this is such a case.
Remember — revealing the names of agents has been a Daddy Party/Mommy Party split for years, as part of the "national security versus civil liberties" debates of the '70s, '80s, and '90s.