Halperin now helms “The Page,” Time.com’s bloggy campaign round-up. And today, the very day after renouncing his old ways in our nation’s most public forum short of Oprah’s couch, he’s back to his old tricks, pushing a regular diet of frivolous campaign squabbles, TV ads, and direct mailings. He also teases the implications of upcoming Obama campaign appearances by, yes, Oprah Winfrey.

For Halperin, like White before, it seems repenting is a step well short of reforming.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.