The deadly letters were mailed to Democrats and prominent 'news' media personalities, but one also was sent to the offices of the publisher of The National Enquirer. That 'newspaper' is hardly major media in the usual sense; it is, rather, a magazine of fiction sometimes based on current events, and of gossip. Why send anthrax to The National Enquirer? Here is a possible reason: in 2000, days before the presidential election, it was The National Enquirer that reported about Bush's drunk driving conviction in Maine. Was anthrax sent to National Enquirer as retaliation and a warning? You tell me.
Now about the nearly-killed Democrats. Anthrax letters were mailed to Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy. The former was Senate majority leader, the latter was Senate judiciary committee chairman, thus charged with oversight of the FISA law. I have only heard this, but supposedly the first anthrax letters were dated right about the same time as when Bush failed to get domestic powers in the war resolution. (Tom Daschle recently wrote about the latter event.) Was Bush-Cheney attempting the intimidation or outright murder of Daschle and Leahy, in a way supposed to make the assumption of domestic powers go uncontested? You tell me.
The National Enquirer is a really oddball target for anthrax letters, and Pat Leahy isn't exactly the most visible person in Washington. Why them?