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Two items, for your enjoyment:
The first, from last autumn, when former Montana Lt. Governor John Bohlinger thought he might run for his state’s senate seat, from Politico on November 12th, 2013:
Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger just jumped in the Montana Senate race last week – but he says national Democrats are already trying to push him out.
Foremost among them, according to the Democratic candidate? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
“[Reid] said, you know, ‘John, you know, you’re a nice guy, but we’ve chosen Walsh. We’d like you to drop out. We don’t want to have a primary,’” Bohlinger said, according to local news reports. Bohlinger was referring to current Lt. Gov. John Walsh, the preferred choice of the party to run for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus.
The second — you guessed it — is from today’s NYTimes:
Under pressure from Democrats, Senator John Walsh of Montana, who has served in office for just six months, said on Thursday that he was dropping his election bid, clearing the path for his party to nominate a new candidate.
“I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” Mr. Walsh said in a statement to supporters reported by The Billings Gazette. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”
His withdrawal from the race comes about two weeks after The New York Times reported that in 2007 Mr. Walsh had plagiarized large sections of the final paper he completed to earn his master’s degree at the prestigious Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
Look, this could happen to anyone. At the time Harry Reid bigfooted Bohlinger out of the race, no one could have known that Walsh was going to go down in flames.
Still. There’s something deeply healing about a full-on evil belly laugh. And I’m having one right now.