News this week that CO Gov. Bill Ritter would not run for re-election in 2010 has, of course, sent the two major parties scrambling. The announcement was given with no notice to other officials or the party members themselves. After the announcement, the way in which potential Democratic replacements have been offered up and discussed by the “Serious People” nagged at me. I want to explore these developments with the removal of a state Representative from a committee vice-chairmanship and trends emanating from the Obama White House.