Politico tried to backtrack on their column that basically said the only way for the Secret Service to get their act together was to have the president get assassinated.
Editor’s note: Some readers have misinterpreted the original last line of Kessler’s article as somehow suggesting that the president should be held responsible in the event of his own assassination. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and we’re sorry if anyone interpreted Kessler’s meaning in any other way.
Okay, here’s the original version:
Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service.
Two problems: it sounds as if the president himself is responsible for his own safety, which is mind-boggling, and yes, it sounds like Mr. Kessler is saying that only after he’s been killed will the agency reform.
So they edited that paragraph to say:
Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. In typical Washington fashion, nothing gets reformed until a disaster happens. If anything unites Republicans and Democrats, it is that nobody wants to see a tragedy: We all just want the Secret Service fixed.
That’s much better, but it still makes you wonder who the hell is editing this shit. But then, it’s Politico, or, as Charlie Pierce calls it, Tiger Beat On the Potomac.