The government shutdown was good for at least one person. National Review blog star Robert Costa, a.k.a. the Republican Whisperer, has landed a job as a national political reporter at the Washington Post following his stellar coverage of the recent D.C. discord. "I don't feel like I need to exhale," he told Daily Intelligencer last month, as the crisis was winding down. "Whenever things get hot, that's when I love it."