Obama Linked To Hookers!

News-cycle bloggers–you know, all two or three of us–have a tendency to complain about slow news days too much, because we can become like a wood chipper left on with no wood to chip, and make loud grinding noises before shutting down. But some days truly are bereft of news, and a good sign of it is when Newspapers of Record have big screaming banner headline stories like this one at WaPo:

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

Turns out a 25-year-old law student who was a volunteer advance man may have had a (legal) hooker in his hotel room in Cartagena. Sounds like grounds for impeachment all right.

Look, I get it: anything to do with the Secret Service is hot right now, and “prostitution scandal” is a two-word formula for buzz in any time and place. Obviously the Obama-hating conservative media machine will go to town with this “revelation,” another sign, like Benghazi! and Lois Lernergate, that this administration lies and hides things all the time.

But really, WaPo, is that the best you’ve got today?

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.