Remember, Nitpicker showed you before that this word is OpinionJournal code for "Shut up shut up SHUT UP!"
Columnist Robert Novak weighs in with more details on the Valerie Plame kerfuffle... - "Plame-Out?--II," October 1, 2003, OpinionJournal
Andrew Sullivan calls it "kind of perfect Washington storm--about something that will never formally become much more than nothing." But journalists are doing their best to gin up the Valerie Plame kerfuffle into a scandal... If the Plame kerfuffle ends up withering away because of its own insubstantiality, perhaps Watergate nostalgia will go out of fashion once and for all. - "An Uncertain -Gate, " October 2, 2003, OpinionJournal
Does this passage from Act V, Scene I of "Henry V" shed any light on the Plame kerfuffle? - "The Bard Weighs In," October 2, 2003, OpinionJournal
Today, though, Nitpicker takes pity on Mr. Taranto and his buddies. It can be awfully hard to come up with words to try to make the commission of a felony and destroying the usefulness of an intelligence asset for political gain look like a fuss about nothing. For my money, pother, hurly-burly, hubbub, bustle and to-do are excellent alternatives.
Update: Naked Furniture brings us more "Fun with Republican Phraseology."