Obama plays the Fillmore 

"It's not a game," Obama told a fundraiser in Denver.   (ap photo)

President Obama is on a two-day swing through the West to help out Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Here's the news: Washington is a mess and everyone disavows it!

Bennet: "Back there, a lot of people seem to think that saying they are for doing something is the same thing as actually rolling up their sleeves and getting things done."

Obama: "When I get out and talk to workers in factories...nobody is asking who is up, who is down, what is the latest poll number. No one is asking, 'Hey, who won the media cycle today?'"

It's hilarious when politicians who work so hard and spend millions of dollars in other people's money getting to Washington suddenly seize up in horror at the insiderishness and dealmaking in Washington. The insular, self-dealing excesses of Washington. The lobbyists and cable television! And yes, we're also looking at you, Mitt Romney. They all do it.

How do you run against Washington when you basically run Washington and you're a creature of Washington? That's the challenge for incumbents this year in both parties.

Obama has two events today in Denver for Bennet and then we head to Vegas.


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