Scan the world of the political blogs and you will see a mid-summer which seems to be falling into a French pattern -- un certain ennui following Bastille Day and then off to la plage at the end of juillet.
The media are telling us that Bush is no longer a lame-duck. The Pentagon isn't releasing those agonizing videos and photos of torture. Where's Abramoff? Is Fitzgerald out floating on The Lake? Who's paying for the vacances of that petit con, Tom DeLay, this year, and does it matter? Will anyone care about Karl Rove after Labor Day? Will Bolton already have been Ambassador to the UN for a full month? Shall we let l'affaire Roberts muddle on to a likely seat on the Supreme Court?
Will blogs do what they do best: keep the pressure on both government and media? Or not?
We're all taking time off for the next several weeks, I hope. What will we find when we come back? After a whole month in Arromanches, or the Dordogne, or Aix, will it matter?
On verra... n'est-ce pas?