Is it really such a surprise that the credibility of the Able Danger story is in so much doubt
? Not if you know much about the chief advocate of the theory, Republican Congressman Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania
, one of Washington's most eccentric freelance diplomats and self-styled terrorism experts.
It's interesting to note that this controversy comes just days after Weldon -- who was furious about not getting the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee in 2000 -- publicly claimed he had House Speaker Dennis Hastert's backing
to assume the job in a couple of years. If the Able Danger story turns out to be a huge embarassment for Weldon, you have to wonder if he'll still be Hastert's guy.
P.S. Yes, that is assuming Republicans keep the House for a while. But that's hardly a crazy assumption.