A Leak about those ‘Despicable’ Leaks

At Politico, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan have a story this afternoon about the frantic maneuverings by the House GOP leadership to whip votes for John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill. (Yes, with the Aug. 2 deadline days away, there’s an all-out effort underway to pass a House bill that’s apparently dead on arrival in the Senate. Welcome to today’s Washington.)

Much of the article recounts what was said at a closed meeting of House Republicans earlier today, as relayed to the reporters by “sources in the room.” Amusingly, those sources decided to share this detail:

House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas started the meeting on an angry note. He held up a copy of POLITICO and told his colleagues that “leaks” from conference meetings “are despicable.”

Sounds like not everybody got the message.

Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.