Back in March, in a not-really-serious posting, I tried to make the case that Dick Cheney was wrong when he said it was President Bush who "kept us safe." My argument: it was really Jack Bauer.
Bauer, the fictional character on Fox TV's "24" series, has been helping the government's Counter Terrorist Unit since 2001, stopping assassins, traitors and nuclear weapon traffickers.
I argued that the decision by Fox to cancel "24," at the conclusion of the program's eighth season at the end of this month, was a "terribly risky step" to take "when it comes to U.S. security."
Of course, the government's arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the U.S. citizen from Pakistan suspected of being involved in the attempted Times Square car bombing, is real, and did not involve Jack Bauer.
So there is still hope for this country.
But we're not finished with "24" quite just yet.
Anyone who watches the show knows that Dana Walsh, a former CTU employee who turned out to be a Russian mole, may not be long for this world.
But there's another Dana Walsh. A real one.
Mark Z. Barabak, the indefatigable Los Angeles Times political reporter who in his spare time tracks down campaign buttons to send our way, has sent this item from one of the Republicans hoping to knock off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in November. This same Dana Walsh ran against Pelosi two years ago, finishing third with just 10 percent of the vote, behind Pelosi (72%) and independent Cindy Sheehan (16%).