What? They're practicing politics at the White House? Surely you jest. The newest FSF (Fairly Silly Flap) comes over reports that White House aides urged Joe Sestak not to run against incumbent Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary. Then they did the same thing in Colorado, suggesting to former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff that he accept a government job instead of running in a primary against incumbent Michael Bennett. Both men said no. Sestak, you'll recall, beat Specter and will be the party's candidate in November. Romanoff and Bennett face off in August. Republicans yelled "foul" and demanded an investigation. But as the Washington Post correctly points out, "White House intervention in contested primaries has occurred during many presidencies and is rarely considered unusual or scandalous." What's unusual is that the Obamas don't seem to be very good at it. The President is from Illinois, which is pretty good at politics even though former Governor Rod Blagojevich is currently on trial for corruption. Well, Illinois has always been pretty good at that too. But picking candidates? The idea of a mayor Daley (either one) not knowing how a primary would come out is preposterous. Send home for some help, Mr. President. This stuff isn't that hard.
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