I'm out of bandwidth until sometime later today, but I wanted to link this piece by Moe Lane. The backstory:
ALBANY – In a stunning request, the Obama administration has made it clear to poll-challenged Gov. Paterson that the White House would prefer he not seek election to a full four-year term next year.
The Obama administration sent the message through White House political affairs director Patrick Gaspard, who met with the governor at his campaign headquarters for nearly two hours last Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.
The "news" of this news? That it "got out." See, when the President tries to push out an incumbant from running again, it's supposed to be kept on the down-low. Now, whether Gov Paterson decided to squel, or the White House is running a black-ops ad campaign, I'm not really sure; Hot Air suggests such is the case.
[T]he phrase that comes to mind from reading this story is ‘ham-handed ruthlessness.’ The ruthlessness is obvious – and will probably be lauded by his most devoted supporters. Everybody else will note that the President apparently thinks that nobody within the Democratic party has the right to expect that disagreements with him will remain private.
Indeed. Gotta go.