Moreover, Krone charged, the White House had kept Senate Democrats from tapping some of the president’s most loyal donors.

The hit was the political equivalent of the kind of uppercut Reid might have delivered during his boxing career.
Democratic sources said the Majority Leader was aware of Krone’s cooperation with the Post, and that his office disapproves of staffers who freelance to the press. 

One Democratic operative described the story as “a way to protect Reid for the losses that we knew we were going to face.”

“The way it was done was to ensure that people knew Reid had no fault.”