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“Not long after news leaked last month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against [Colorado] Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington,” Michael Riley reports in the Denver Post.

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to the Denver Post.

“Romanoff turned down the overture, which included mention of a job at USAID, the foreign aid agency, sources said.

“Then, the day after Romanoff formally announced his Senate bid, Obama endorsed Bennet.

“It is the kind of hardball tactics that have come to mark the White House’s willingness to shape key races across the country, in this case trying to remove a threat to a vulnerable senator by presenting his opponent a choice of silver or lead.”

The White House denied making any job offer to Mr. Romanoff, the reporter said.

“Yet several top Colorado Democrats described Messina’s outreach to Romanoff to the Post, including the discussion of specific jobs in the administration. They asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.”

FULL-TIME JOB

“Whew, I’m pooped,” P.J. O’Rourke writes in the Weekly Standard.

Jimmy Carter has got me run ragged with all the hating I’m supposed to do. Jimmy says I’m a racist because I oppose President Obama’s health care reform program. Even Jimmy Carter can’t be wrong all the time. And since Jimmy Carter has been wrong about every single thing for the past 44 years, maybe - just as a matter of statistical probability - he’s right this time,” Mr. O’Rourke said.

“I hadn’t noticed I was a racist, but that was no doubt because I was too busy being a homophobe. Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot. Since I do not want America to suffer another Sean Penn movie, I will accept that I’m a homophobe, too. And I’m a male chauvinist due to the fact that I think Nancy Pelosi is blowing smoke - excuse me, carbon neutral, biodegradable airborne particulate matter - out her pantsuit. …

“I’m a 61-year-old man with three young children and a yard to rake. While I appreciate the attention from our most ex- of ex-presidents, I’m really too busy to properly accomplish all this loathing and detestation. I quit smoking so I don’t even have a lighter to set crosses on fire.”

LIGHT MY FIRE

“California has been burning up as result of raging forest fires, but Congress doesn’t seem to know that. The Senate was all set last week to award $2.8 million of stimulus money for forest fire management to … the District of Columbia,” the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore writes at www.opinionjournal.com.

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Greg Pierce

Greg Pierce

Greg Pierce grew up in Indiana and Illinois, and graduated from Illinois State University, where he was editor of the student newspaper. He worked at newspapers in Indiana, Florida and Connecticut before coming to The Washington Times in 1984. Before compiling “Inside Politics,” he covered federal agencies for the newspaper. Mr. Pierce also compiles “Washington in Five Minutes” and edits ...

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