The Six Stages of Scandal (The General Petreus Edition)
Stage 1: That’s ridiculous. It can’t possibly be true.
Stage 2: It’s not true.
Stage 3: You can’t prove it’s true.
Stage 4: Why are you trying to prove it’s true?
Stage 5: It’s disgusting that you proved it’s true.
Stage 6: What’s the big deal anyway?
UPDATE: Hat Tip to Mickey Kaus, who first came up with this list.