Jonah Goldberg compares RatherGate to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.
In some ways it's more like the first time humans managed to catch a mammoth in a trap or pit and kill it with spears. Cooperation and new technology allowed a group of individually puny creatures to defeat a beast far more powerful than any (or all) of them could have faced without it. I suspect there were many unsuccessful hunts before the first successful one, and many more before the second. I also suspect that it took a lot longer to finish off the first trapped and wounded mammoth than they ever thought it would.
Update: (9/17, 4:15 PM)
Now I feel like an overconfident caveman. Though trapped in a deep muddy pit and mortally wounded days ago, the CBS mammoth is still stamping its feet, waving its trunk, and grunting incoherently. It's dull vacant gaze and continued copious bleeding portend a death that is way overdue, but it refuses to die. Time to get together and stab it again, guys?Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 15, 2004 11:51 PM