And Mark Kleiman was actually saying Tom was finally taking a principled position:
Tom Maguire is an exception. Rather than ignoring inconvenient facts, he does the best job he can of explaining them away, or at least burying them in so much inconsequential verbiage that his readers can’t see their significance. (He’s been working the defense side of the Valerie Plame scandal almost since it started, making the best of a pitifully weak case.) … Maguire is a kind of litmus test. If there’s anything plausible, or even nearly plausible, to be said in defense of Republicans, Maguire will say it. But when the situation is completely, utterly, obviously hopeless, he’ll admit it.
As to the hot topic of the day, check out Mark’s praise (sort of) of Tom Maguire.