Milbank writes that the Woodward flap was yet another frivolous edition of "inside baseball" and thus "a textbook case of why Americans hate Washington." It was but this week's classically inconsequential cause célèbre--mere Beltway flatulence passing for news in an imposing fiscal hurricane--which Milbank then desperately attempts to render consequential. That's the bad news.
The good news is he succeeds, though doubtless in an unintended way.
I'm not a forensic psychiatrist, but the psychiatric sleuthing into Milbank's column is about as demanding as sifting through a bit of the stunningly conspicuous evidence and concluding that a really pissed O.J. did it. In Dana Milbank's case it's clear that he, like Bob Woodward, has had his feelings hurt by an expletive-hurling, hardball White House at least once too often, and therefore by God he's going to repeat such imbecilities as "Woodward made a legitimate policy point" (see 'goal posts,' moving of) no matter what the repeatedly corrected record says.
Milbank has to know that he's committing a foul in his Woodward defense and he has to know that his pissy tantrum of kicking dirt the WH's way is just petty payback for personal injuries sustained--at least one reason why, as he laments in his lede, that "Americans hate Washington." I know Milbank has to know these things, because I know he's too damn smart to be so otherwise stupid.
Milbank's intent was to expose the trivial silliness of Beltwaybabble. He succeeded. "And it’s a !&%@#$ shame."