Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 30, 2010
On May 28 this Blog included a posting title “Sestak Damage Control Starts” referring the Obama Administration’s “story” released to defuse the festering scandal. Today Jim Mahoney offered some succinct comments about the White House’s explanation:
“Hmm, let’s see… I can either run for the Senate where I will have power, prestige, a big salary and lifetime perks, or I can take this great unpaid White House advisory position that will probably disappear after election-day. Whatever shall I do?”
Does Obama actually believe the American people are this stupid, or are they secure in the knowledge that their allies in the Lamestream media will make sure the story never gets legs and will just make it disappear?
To Jim’s comments I add:
- Given the simplicity of the White House’s lame story, why did it take 3 months for it to be shared? Why didn’t Press Secretary Gibbs offer this answer the 3 or 4 times he was asked by the media? Why didn’t President Obama answer this question at his news conference the night before?
- If this story is so benign, why was the answer released on a Friday before a four-day weekend?
- Why did Obama use an admitted liar, Bill Clinton, to make a backdoor contact to Sestak with the offer?
President Obama promised change in the way government in Washington would operate and transparency. He has broken these promises along with many others. Instead we have Chicago style politics gone national.
At the very least we have the sleaziest administration in Washington since Richard Nixon. Going further down this slope we have an Administration that committed a felony. This story is yet to play out.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 28, 2010
Posted below is The New York Time story just posted relating to the Sestak matter. Since it was leaked by an individual “who insisted on anonymity”, it is likely a trial balloon put out by the White House as its first attempt at damage control. Will Sestak now confirm it? No reason to ask Bill Clinton since he has previously proven a willingness to perjure himself.
Breaking News Alert, The New York Times, Fri, May 28, 2010 — 10:24 AM ET
White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race
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.
Posted in Joe Sestak | Tagged: Bill Clinton, Democrat, Pennsylvania, Rahm Emanuel, Sestak, Specter, White House | 3 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 28, 2010
Earlier this week we posted an article titled Joe Sestak Political Bribe Could be a Serious Matter about a festering scandal in the Obama Administration. This story is similar to the Pay-to-Play scandal of fellow politician Rob Blagojevich, that resulted in his impeachment.
While lawyers try to obfuscate reality, the issue is simple. If Sestak was offered a position in the Obama Administration in exchange for dropping out of the PA Senatorial race against Arlen Specter, Obama’s chosen candidate, then a felony was committed.
President Obama needs to be transparent on this issue. Instead, the Administration has refused to answer any questions since the story broke months ago. That delaying tactic was continued yesterday by the President’s in his news conference. As the video above shows, Obama was asked about the Sestak matter and responded by saying that the Administration would offer an “official response shortly”. He also said he wanted to assure the public that “nothing improper took place”. These responses indicate further obfuscation. If Obama can assure us that nothing illegal occurred, then why didn’t he just answer the question?
Further proof that this story has legs is that it has moved out of Fox News. Even Chris Mathews, who “felt this thrill going up my leg” when he heard Obama speak during the campaign, is beginning to smell a rat as per his video statement linked below. Things are getting dicey in the White House.
Posted in Government Ineptness, Joe Sestak, Predictive Modeling | Tagged: Blagojevich, Chris Matthews, Felony, Fox News, Illinois, Obama, PA, Pay to Play, Scandal, Senatorial, Sestak, Specter, White House | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 25, 2010
On March 2 this Blog posted a story about dirty politics in our home State of Pennsylvania titled: “White House makes Chicago Style Politics National”. This story has legs that keep on growing.
The matter involves the PA Democrat Senatorial primary race between Representative Joe Sestak and Senator Arlene Spector that was since won by Sestak. Before the primary Spector switched from the Republican to the Democrat Party offering the Dems a super majority it the Senate. In return for this allegiance switch, President Obama promised to back Spector in the Democrat primary contest. Nothing wrong so far, just politics. But there was a hitch. Joe Sestak decided he wanted Spector’s’ Senate seat and started a challenge for it. This got in the way of Obama’s commitment.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in mid-February that the White House dangled a federal job in front of Sestak to entice him to drop out of the primary. At first the White House “vociferously” denied Sestak’s accusation. But Sestak stood by his claim telling Fox News: “I was asked a direct question yesterday and I answered it honestly. There’s nothing more to go into. I’m in this race now.” He since repeated it this past weekend on Meet the Press stating: “I was offered a job. I answered that“.
Initially White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stalled on answers to press inquiries about the validity of Sestak’s story. But even the leftist press has gotten getting antsy on the stalling and continued to press on. Finally, Gibbs recently admitted that there were contacts between Sestak and the White House, but claims that lawyers reviewed the conversations and found that “nothing inappropriate” occurred. Hmmmmm…..
The more the White House delays on coming clean on this story the worse things have gotten. It is now reported that Sestak was offered the Secretary of Navy position, a very high post it the Administration. If Sestak was offered a position in the Obama Amnistraion in return for not running against Spector, this would be a criminal offense that could involve the following Federal Codes:
- 18USC-600 that states a federal official cannot promise a job in the federal government in return for a political act.
- 18USC-211 that says you cannot accept anything of value in return for hiring somebody.
- 18USC-595 prohibits a federal official from interfering with the nomination or election for office.
A violation of any of these codes involves jail time. While at this point this is no indication who at the White was involved with the offer to Sestak, it stands to reason that approval had to come from high up the food-chain and could involve the President himself.
This Blog previously compared the arrogance of President Obama and his associates in the White House himself with Richard Nixon and his team. As time marches on the similarities increased. Like Nixon’s second election, Obama came into office with an overriding mandate to lead that has been squandered after just one year. Like Nixon who would have crushed McGovern without Watergate, Obama didn’t need Spector to control the Senate. However, narcissists like Obama and Nixon are never satisfied without total control. This was Nixon’s downfall and could very well be President Obama’s. The same question now exists for President Obama that dogged Nixon before he left the office in shame: “What did the President know and when did he know it?”
Finally, while President Obama has been a tragedy for the United States, should he have broken laws and face consequences while in office, this would create even more far reaching damage to the country than the lame duck president he will become in November. Let us all hope this is not the case for the good of the country.
Posted in Joe Sestak, Politics, President Obama | Tagged: 18USC-211, 18USC-595, 18USC-600, Arlen Spector, arrogance, Bribe, Democrats, Joe Sestak, McGovern, Nixon, Pennsylvania, Robert Gibbs, Secretary of Navy, Senate, Watergate | 2 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 2, 2010
Chicago is notorious for a political style that is infamous even in the dirty game of politics. Remember, this is the city where the saying “Vote Early and Often” was made famous. It was therefore quite remarkable when our current President championed the theme “change” during the Presidential campaign. It was even more remarkable that the lame-stream media and public bought into this sales pitch.
Any concerns that President Obama would turn his back on his Chicago political heritage were quickly dashed after the election. Examples of the old-style politics include bringing cronies into the White House as Czars that need no consent from Congress; slapping thousand page pieces of legislation on Congresses’ desk just hours before a vote, irrespective of his CSPAN transparency promise; and the backroom deals to get Senate Democrats on board with unpopular bills.
Now we can add another Chicago-style game to Obama’s national resume: playing kingmaker in Congressional races. Take for example Representative Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat running in a Senate primary. The problem for Joe is that Obama and his associates promised that nomination to Senator Arlene Spector in return for Arlene’s (Benedict) switch last year to the Democrats Party giving them a super majority in the Senate. Hmmmm, I had the mistaken impression that it was the Democrats in Pennsylvania who made such choices, but that isn’t the way it works under Chicago rules.
The ruckus started when Philadelphia Inquirer reported in mid-February that the White House dangled a federal job in front of Sestak to entice him to drop out of the primary against Spector. At first the White House “vociferously” denied Sestak’s accusation. But Sestak would go away and stood by his claim telling Fox News: “I was asked a direct question yesterday and I answered it honestly. There’s nothing more to go into. I’m in this race now.”
In recently weeks White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been asked repeatedly by reporters to clarify the White House’s original denial. To date Gibbs continues to stall, indicating that he is researching the matter. OK, let’s translate this Washington double talk: Sestak’s version is correct and the White House’s denial is not accurate.
This is more of the “change” that we can believe in! While Obama did not invent the sleaze that has become synonymous with American politics, his marketing of “change” has brought this sleaze to a new level.
Posted in Joe Sestak, Politics | Tagged: Arlene Spector, Change, Chicago Politics, Congress, CSPAN, Democrats, Joe Sestak, Lamestream Media, Pennsylvania, Primary, Robert Gibbs, Senate, Vote Early and Often, White House | 1 Comment »