WASHINGTON, D.C. – After mentioning — and dismissing — GOP congressional candidate Micah Edmond a grand total of three times in June, the Washington Post published a 2,000-word Page 1 feature extolling his Democrat opponent, Don Beyer.

The Post previously endorsed Beyer and all but anointed him the successor to retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran. Sunday’s top-of-the-page thumb-sucker was the cherry on top … four months before Election Day.

Yet the Post’s puff piece on Beyer — an ex-lieutenant governor from 17 years ago — wasn’t so much an exercise in journalism as it was a faint echo of hard-left political websites like the Daily Kos. In other words: Business as usual at the outfit whose editorial banner risibly proclaims itself “An Independent Newspaper.”