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It’s Not Getting Better

Day #2 of Blago-gate isn’t going so well for the Obama transition team. ABC News and many others picked up on yet another dodge of “What did the transition team know, and when did they know it?” The RNC is of course turning up the heat, demanding more “transparency” — a call echoed by the Chicago Sun-Times veteran reporter Lynn Sweet some other MSM reporters. The Obama team is said to be “huddling” to consider its response. Indeed.

This is the dilemma that faces all administrations when a bad news story unfolds — how much candor, how much hiding behind “an investigation is ongoing,” and how much tolerance for a news story that is chewing up valuable goodwill and attention. Step #1 was finally – albeit through a spokesman – calling for Blago to resign — because he’s no longer effective, you see.

But even the New Politics and the aura of Obama can’t repeal a basic rule of political news: if you don’t set the narrative, others will. So they should come up with an accounting of who said what to whom, refrain from any further “misspeaking” and be prepared to throw overboard former allies who might have gotten too close to the Blago Senate seat shopping spree. Otherwise, Obama’s honeymoon will be brief.


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