Mr. Snow's defense of the president's remarks shows that "the White House is in denial about this issue," said longtime conservative publicist Craig Shirley, an opinion shared by American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene.
"Why wouldn't you?" said Craig Shirley, an Alexandria-based Republican strategist, when asked about Mr. Allen's political future in Virginia. "You're young, you're talented, and you've already won statewide office twice."