Obama's Michael Bennet endorsement: What a shock!

The local media is making a big deal out of President Barack Obama endorsing Bill Ritter appointee Michael Bennet in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, even though the timing of his supportive statement -- one day after Andrew Romanoff formally announced a challenge to MFB -- was as predictable as the announcement itself. Note that just last week, shortly after his healthcare address to both houses of Congress, Obama issued an e-mail shout-out to Bennet that read:

Since arriving in Congress, Senator Bennet has shown his commitment to real, sensible reform, working with me toward the same goals I outlined this evening -- and I want to thank him for his leadership on this issue. He's traveled all across the state of Colorado, holding town hall meetings in small towns and big cities, and he hasn't stopped standing up for real health reform that will get our economy moving again and help to bring the deficit under control.

What part of that suggested the Prez might back Romanoff? Clearly, a Bennet victory is in the White House's interests, and if there's anything Obama can do to make sure the current senator doesn't go into a campaign against likely Republican nominee Jane Norton already bloodied and exhausted, he'll do it -- including letting his staff send out an e-mail under his name.

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