Is Obama placing the Hsu stories in the press?

Barack, you magnificent…

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign “scored a significant hit” against chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “by helping to place” a story about tainted Democratic donor Norman Hsu, according to an article about Obama in the December issue of The Atlantic.

The story, titled “Teacher and Apprentice” by associate editor Marc Ambinder, describes how Obama campaign staffers were “frustrated” because the press was not covering Clinton “in the way they expected it would.”

“…And at a campaign event in Iowa, one of Obama’s aides plopped down next to me and spoke even more bluntly. He wanted to know when reporters would begin to look into Bill Clinton’s postpresidential sex life,” Ambinder writes.

The story points out both that Hsu donated to Obama’s campaign as well as Hillary’s, and that the Obama campaign denies having any involvement in placing the Hsu story.

But they would deny it, wouldn’t they. It doesn’t fit in well with the “new kind of politics” meme. Ambinder stands by his accounts.

My take: If Obama is bringing Hsu to the media’s attention, he’s performing a public service.

Meanwhile: Bill Clinton compares immigration enforcement advocates to…al Qaeda? They’re getting desperate in Hillaryland.