I’m enjoying the emerging Mainstream Media narrative that the White House did nothing wrong with regard to Sestak except fail to release the information earlier, and that doing so would have avoided all this distracting brouhahah. Actually, sitting on this was the thing they did right.
Chris Cillizza of WashPost talks to mainly Dem strategists about how this is just a political screw up and then editorializes that “small things can quickly grow into big things in the hothouse atmosphere of official Washington,” the very atmosphere poor Obama was trying to cool. The WashPost editorial page strikes a similar theme. And here’s the New York Times, suddenly without Karl Rove to kick around, being deeply philosophical about the rough and tumble nature of politics:
Meddling in Congressional races is an expected and even an important part of any White House political operation, even those that claim to be different from their predecessors.
If only the White House had not stonewalled this, then everyone would have just said “boys will be boys” and moved on.
The White House had damn good reason not to talk about all this. While jaded Washington is seemingly very forgiving, Obama’s operatives know they were sent here to change Washington – CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE – and having Rahm send a former president on a slimy fix-it mission dangling job offers is UNCHANGE.
And let’s not forget that Sestak was viewed as a loser until nearly the end. The revelation of the meddling earlier – this would have been a scandal any time is was revealed – would have given Sestak some badly needed publicity and shown him a courageous man of principle rejecting the ways of Washington by saying “no” to the deal. Just what Specter didn’t need.
So you go, Gibbs, you did your job. And let’s hope the diggers keep digging – there seems to be an odd willingness to accept what White House Legal Counsel Robert Bauer has written about this at face value. There’s always more to a scandal. The New York Times editorial brings up an inconsistency – but doesn’t belabor it – noting in passing that Sestak would not have been eligible for the job allegedly offered.