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dol­lars of stim­u­lus money, even as its forests have been rav­aged by the pine bee­tle. What’s more, Mr. Bar­rasso won an ally in Demo­cratic Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein of Cal­i­for­nia, who was equally miffed that emer­gency for­est fire abate­ment money was di­verted to places where there are no forests. ...

“The orig­i­nal plan called for giv­ing the money to a lo­cal D.C. non-profit called Wash­ing­ton Parks & Peo­ple. What was the group plan­ning to spend the money on? An­swer: plant­ing trees and veg­eta­bles and ‘green ed­u­ca­tion projects.’ Mr. Bar­rasso adds: ‘I’ve only been in Wash­ing­ton for a short time, but I’m con­tin­u­ally shocked at how this town wastes money.’ At least he won a victory for tax­pay­ers and the en­vi­ron­ment [. . . ]. Mean­while, the only smell of burn­ing in Wash­ing­ton is ev­i­dently tax dol­lars go­ing through the pock­ets of our leg­is­la­tors.” “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.” 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.”

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