Criticism of administration decision making -- that, the White House can handle.
But three senior White House officials said that senior staff are most concerned about yesterday's quick leak of details from an internal West Wing messaging meeting to Politico ace Ben Smith.
One former White House official said that the 8:30 a.m. meeting, which convenes about 25 West Wing staffers, had been considered sacrosanct and its content contained until yesterday -- nothing had ever leaked from it that wasn't supposed to leak. Occasionally, with permission, officials have given reporters tidbits, but they've always been pre-approved.
The source told Ben Smith that Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina praised staff members for responding to the Shirley Sherrod situation so quickly.
The intent of the leaker was to portray Messina and others as tone deaf to the developing storm over Sherrod's raw deal, even though, on Tuesday morning, the full video exonerating her had yet to be circulated and the white farmer who Sherrod had mentioned had not come forward.
The leaker also appeared to misconstrue Messina's comments to suggest that the White House had been involved in the decision to fire Sherrod, when in fact, the consultations between the USDA and the White House on Monday night were about the wording of the USDA statement announcing the ouster.