Well, Congressman Mark Kirk faced the editorial boards of the major papers yesterday and apologized for making mistakes with his military record. See the Tribune and Sun-Times stories. Kass weighs in as well. Politico coverage here.
My personal opinion is that a lot of the MSM pile-on as to the Kirk flap was to show that after spilling barrels of ink lambasting Alexi Giannoulias for his failed family bank and running from his touted banking credentials, the MSM can beat on Kirk too, when they need to. Now that they have convinced themselves of their objectivity, I suspect we'll be treated to a few more months of the media trashing Giannoulias, whose transgressions completely trump any minor shortcomings of Congressman Kirk in the grand scheme of things.
Interestingly, on the theme of 'honest mistakes,' in comparison to Kirk, the Tribune was a lot easier on the ref who blew the call for the otherwise perfect game pitched by Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers. Nobody's perfect, says the Trib. Ahem.
Meanwhile, the brouhaha over the Obama's administration's liberal use of Chicago-style backroom politics is not going away, as evidenced by this column by Kimberly Strassel in today's WSJ:
No phrase is more feared in Washington than "quid pro quo," and Beltway politicians carefully avoid any hint of it. There are winks and nods, yes. But you'd have to be crazy to put something in an email. Crazy, or from Chicago, where it is simply understood that the political machine decides elections and hands out consolation prizes accordingly.
The White House's other mistake was thinking Washington pols would follow Chicago rules. It is one thing to make deals with the local ward boss, who knows his livelihood depends on keeping his mouth shut. It is another to make offers to a Pennsylvania congressman who is angry that you are fighting him in the primary, and who views the U.S. Senate as way cooler than an advisory board. Mr. Sestak viewed it in his interest to blab, and he did. And he won.
The White House's initial refusal to talk only fed the story. And Mr. Bauer's too-late, too-clever Sestak memo has created new problems. According to this counsel, the Sestak talk was aboveboard because it wasn't the White House, but Bill Clinton, doing it. Moreover, Mr. Sestak had simply been offered an "uncompensated" board position that was "additional service" to his current House job. By this reasoning, it is presumably not aboveboard when it was Mr. Messina talking to Mr. Romanoff, offering him a compensated, full-time job.
Yup. The fallout over this isn't going to fade away as the November elections near. Also keep in mind that the Messina referenced in the story is the same Messina who is coming to shill for Alexi Giannoulias in a couple weeks. Great company these guys keep.
Finally, good luck to Sheriff Mark Curran of Lake County on his annual golf outing today. Hopefully the rain will stay far, far away!