This is, of course, not just a Maryland thing. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was pushed out not because she had botched the rollout of the Affordable Care Act but because she was a "distraction," White House sources said at the time. Eric Shinseki resigned, President Barack Obama said, because "he [did] not want to be a distraction," not because veterans were dying while waiting for care. Former House Speaker John Boehner was a distraction if he did, a distraction if he didn't; Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the effort by House conservatives to oust him a distraction, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi called his eventual acquiescence to those demands a distraction. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation: Was it because he engaged in deeply creepy and offensive behavior, or because the public's profound disgust was a "distraction?" Bonus points for you if you guessed the latter.