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In case you were doubting the tight relationship between the Washington Post editorial board and the upper echelons of the Fenty administration—-particularly schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee—-check this e-mail, sent on Oct. 5 from Rhee to embattled parks-and-rec director-designee Ximena Hartsock:

Spoke to Wapo ed board folks about you today. Told them you are the most qualified person possible, that you have amazing capacity and that everything you do has your hallmark of excellence. They’ll write a good piece for tomorrow.

Et voilà.