NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is getting serious respect from many journalists and Americans. Coleen Rowley and Valerie Plame were hounded out of their careers without much keening from journalists or their fellow Americans. What would the main reasons be for the difference in treatment? If Snowden had let loose during George W.'s presidency, the White House would be telling the press to "Watch what you say." George would remind us that "I am a war President." Dick would convince us, just by the sneer on his face, that "we must work the dark side." And that would be about that.