Focusing on the Past

FOCUSING ON THE PAST….On the Chris Matthews Show a couple of days ago, talking about the U.S. Attorney scandal, Time managing editor Rick Stengel said, “I am so uninterested in the Democrats wanting Karl Rove because it is so bad for them.”

Today, Stengel says that he was “caught out speaking as a citizen rather than as editor of Time” and explains what he meant:

As a citizen, I think it’s unfortunate and perhaps short-sighted for Democrats to be perceived as focusing on the past rather than the future.

OK. Fair enough. Except that this scandal only broke open eight weeks ago. Is the new rule that anything older than last week now counts as focusing on the past?

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