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The White House draws a comparison between Iraq and...Florida?

Defending political progress in Iraq, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino suggested critics who are "throwing stones" only have to look as far as Florida (and Michigan) to see that democracy can be a messy thing.

"Politics are alive and well in Iraq," she said, defending President Bush's troop surge. "I think some people who are throwing stones ought to look at the primary system in our country, especially on the Democratic side, where you have two states where - Florida and Michigan - where they're figuring out whether or not to seat those delegates. Politics happens. And that's what -- it happens in the United States and it's certainly happening in Iraq. It's not a bad thing that they're having debates about their constitution."

So, reporters asked Perino, does that mean she thinks Democrats should seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan?

"I don't really have an opinion," Perino confessed, "but I'm really interested in the story."