Bush administration officials sense that their best chance in years to get drills into the Arctic Refuge is slipping away, so they’re putting on a PR offensive.

This isn’t particularly newsworthy. Still, it’s nice to see Dana Milbank, the Washington Post‘s excellent political reporter, writing a column with just the right degree of mocking skepticism, calling Interior Secretary Gale Norton "the administration’s Ahab" on the subject and busting Labor Secretary Elaine Chao for passing on talking points straight from a rightwing think tank (drilling will create a million jobs — by all accounts, she said it with a straight face).

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Anyway, it’s a bracing exception to the normal stenography of mainstream Washington reporting. Give it a read.

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