WASHINGTON – Barack Obama, being from Chicago, knows there are two basic ways to play foul in politics.
One is to break the law.
The other is to keep it legal, if shadily close to the line. It may not stink to high heaven, but it smells a little.
In the 2008 campaign and after, Obama said he'd tolerate neither as president, and he set the bar high.
How's he doing now?
Well, it's not all smelling like roses on the political front.
In a couple of known cases, his operatives tried to game the system ahead of Democratic congressional primaries, dangling job possibilities in front of challengers in hopes they would get out of the way of Obama's preferred incumbents. (They didn't.)
This appears to be mild stuff in the canon of political manipulation, the kind of puppeteering that leaders in both parties have done for generations.
It's hard for me not to believe ....seeing the backroom dealings with ObamaCare