Reading Michael Kinsley’s Washington Post column makes me think that during his sojourn in Los Angeles (okay, during his occasional visits to Los Angeles) running the LAT editorial page, L.A. culture rubbed off on him more than anyone realized. Today, for instance, he uses his column to essentially write studio coverage on the Plame leak investigation:
All the glam elements are there: a secret agent, international intrigue, sex if you know where to look, blogs, moral dilemmas, movie-of-the-week dialogue at the White House. (Aide: “Mr. President, somebody has inserted a lie into your State of the Union address!” The President: “This is clearly the work of al Qaeda. We must invade Iraq immediately. Or is it Iran?”) But somehow all these elements don’t cohere. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term “McGuffin” to describe the gimmick that keeps the plot moving. He said you need one. The trouble here is not the lack of a McGuffin but a surplus of them.
So, all you development people out there, you heard it from Kinsley. You don’t have to follow the Plame case. It’s a pass. No through-line.