published Friday, May 28th, 2010

White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race

NYTimes.com

President Obama's chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no and went on to win last week's Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter.

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How true it's been that the most sleazy, smart-as-a-fox Advisor in the White House is Rahm (and he's got plenty of company). One of the most corrupt players in Chicago politics in his day. He will always save his buttocks first and foremost. And Clinton? More proof that he and his sidekick Hillary, seemingly benign Rulers would also be anaethema to our country and Constitution if ever re-elected. These people bring new meaning to the words, "sinking to new lows" and "bottom feeders".

May 28, 2010 at 12:31 p.m.
jyak0472 said...

As usual the NY Times shows it's left leaning posture by failing to mention how the story has changed over time with how Sestak was approached and what he was offered in what was, given the Chicago politics relocated to the White House, a strong-arm move to clear the way for Arlen Specter as payback for switching parties.

The omission that is egregious is that Sestak couldn't legally hold the "unpaid advisory position" he was allegedly offered if he was simultaneously seated in either house of Congress due to conflict of interest.

The use of middle-men is a transparent attempt to keep the president at a distance, however, legally, he's tied in just as if he had personally made either the first alleged offer or the second. No matter which way you twist it or contort it, it's still trying to fix and election.

Sestak did the right thing by declining the offers; win or lose it was his only way to stay clean and demonstrate integrity.

Now we are left with the question, "Now what?" What the Obama Administration did was a federal crime, a felony and the responsibility for it, legally, falls not only on Clinton or even Emanuel, but also on the President and this would be an impeachable offense just about as sleazy as what Nixon tried to pull. We'll have to wait and see what happens. The full spectrum of possibilities are capable of happening. We could see impeachment, impeachment and resignation, or absolutely nothing. Time will tell. I know what I think should happen, but I don't feel bold enough to make any predictions on this one.

The one thing that is sure, and ironic, is that Specter said that he "was not about to let the Republican electorate of Pennsylvania decide whether to determine his political future." The beautiful irony is that the Democratic electorate had the Republicans' backs and they decided Specter's political future, or lack thereof.

June 3, 2010 at 9:26 a.m.
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