If you haven’t read Ron Suskind’s article in the New York Times Magazine, “Without A Doubt,” go. Dude, go and read. And the next time someone accuses me of being a soft, lefty liberal who doesn’t live in the real world, I’ll send him this:

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

You know, if I had any outrage left, I’d use really naughty words right now. All I can manage is this: if the Bush Administration’s reality building is anything like its nation building, the space-time continuum is due for some big-budget special effect collapse any day now. Though I hope the Bush Administration collapses in on itself before we get to that point.