Let me see if I have this right. Two days after the end of the DNC, Tom Ridge, citing specific threats, announces an Orange Alert that manages to knock Kerry's post-convention campaign swing off the front page. We then learn that the "threats" that prompted the alert were, in fact, four years old. Now it's three weeks later, and shockingly, the DHS hasn't followed up with any further updates, or done anything at all to draw attention to itself. Considering the fact that only a few weeks ago they were darkly intimating that the terrorists had a RNC-attack in their sites, it seems odd that there hasn't been any follow-up press conferences on the Orange Alert, or security plans for the convention. Well, I'm sure they're just busy doing their jobs and their complete press absence has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the Swift Boat Libel has been dominating the news cycle for the last week.
Christopher Hayes is the host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. He is an editor at large at the Nation and a former senior editor of In These Times.