Elizabeth Drew does her own "angling", you decide what for:
"But Washington has been taking in Obama's victory in its own idiosyncratic way. Hostesses are angling to be the first to entertain the Obamas at their first private dinner in Washington.
Elite private schools that fifty years ago would have barred them because of their race are competing for the Obama daughters. The intense jockeying for jobs, and the fevered speculation about who will get them, preoccupy the town. John Kerry's open lobbying for months for the job of secretary of state has been deemed by many as unseemly; he's been crowding Obama. Yes, Kerry helped Obama at crucial moments, but the times are too serious, and the stakes for Obama's success too high, for the concept of "owing" to determine the filling of cabinet positions. A certain candidate for a key cabinet position has called someone close to the Obamas three times each day."
(With big hat tip to Vastleft for the initial link through Arriana's vanity site.)
The entire article is one long, sloppy wet kiss to Obama, "officials in Chicago" and "someones close to the Obamas". This is one-sided, anonymously-sourced, gossip-whoring of the worst, and most obvious, kind. Is there a quote or reference to her having talked to people in the Clinton camp? McCain camp? Kerry camp? etc.? Evidence she even talked to anyone? She could have made this entire story up in her head as there isn't a single named or quoted source in the entire article!
And why would that be? Maybe because if she tried to get more than one side, or used exact quotes from named sources, it might spoil the narratives that are so much easier to spin out of whole cloth and (maybe) a 10 minute whirl through the ole Rolodex for treadworn, "anonymous pal" sources.
Count the narratives in that article, they are plugged in like a programmer plugs in software modules.
Drama? Thy name is Clinton.
Aging lion? Thy name is Kennedy
Senile grumpy dupe? Thy name is McCain.
Incompetent elitist self-aggrandizer? Thy name is Kerry.
Tough? Thy name is Emanuel.
Wise leader? Thy name is Pelosi.
Overmatched Courtier? Thy name is Reid
Shameless jobseeker? Thy name is (unnamed actually but easily fingered) Richardson
All things wise, bright and wonderful, where you tread angels have blessed? Thy name is Obama.
Lazy hack? Thy name is Drew.
In Visual Basic that would look something like
There is neither an original thought, original reporting, or even original narrative in the entire article, but there is an original plot twist.
As to the "substance", Obama's courtiers should be careful with this "originally it wasn't offered, they made that up" bullshit (if indeed they are saying this), because it leads to only one inescapable conclusion: Obama got played by those wiley Clintons. The Perfect one looks like the dupe in this plot twist so prepare to see the moonwalk.
Updated (minor tweaking "cashing checks written kind").