President Barack Obama has a strange way of rationalizing why he can’t pick a winner to Super Bowl XLVI. He tells ABC’s Diane Sawyer that he can’t make predictions when his Bears aren’t involved. But shouldn’t that be the case when Chicago’s playing?

I suppose Obama is trying to say that he doesn’t want to risk pissing off the people of New York or New England by picking against their team. But two years ago, when the Democrats controlled the chamber and the 2012 election was only on a distant horizon, the prez was more than willing to pick the Colts to beat the Saints. And the year prior to that, he took the Steelers over the Cardinals.

But it’s an election year, and Obama isn’t risking anything. Politics spoil everything.

I guess the saddest part is that there are apparently people within Obama’s administration who believe (probably with good reason) that voters would consider a football prediction when casting their ballots for the next president of the United States.