As the Joe Sestak job-offer scandal took a weird turn on Friday -- Bill Clinton offered me an unpaid, obscure presidential advisory panel placement to dissuade me from a Senate run? -- The Washington Post found in the new story a chance to hail Bill Clinton. At the very end of a Saturday report headlined "Bill Clinton has evolved into Obama's Mr. Fix It," reporters Philip Rucker and Paul Kane slipped into fanboy mode:
Sestak said Clinton briefly brought up Emanuel's suggestion that if Sestak dropped out he might end up on a presidential advisory board for the Pentagon or the intelligence community. Sestak flatly turned him down.
"I knew you'd say that," Clinton replied. Even the master can't fix everything.
Left unsaid: if Clinton is "the master," why is Obama president instead of his wife? (Or do you just repeat "Even the master...") On the front page, the Post seemed to be buying this square-peg-for-round-hole tale about this weird, very unpersuasive offer no one would accept. Reporter Michael Shear tried playing cute and light in his opening, that Obama "resisted acknowledging what the top West Wing lawyer finally admitted on Friday: This administration plays politics. And not always effectively."
You'd have to turn inside the paper and wait until paragraph 12 for any Republican response, where Shear wrote RNC Chairman Michael Steele "tried to hit Obama where it hurts." (Steele said Obama's team wasn't transparent, accountable, or ethical.)
Shear then quickly turned to how "the Washington legal community -- which loves a good public inquiry -- seemed unimpressed."
Rucker and Kane found "Clinton was considered the natural person to turn to. Sestak had worked for Clinton's National Security Council and still considers him a political hero." It sounds the same for the Post reporters.