Skip to comments.Todd: Obama Offering Sestak Job No Different Than Cheney Offering Campaign Backing To Pawlenty
Posted on 05/25/2010 6:35:41 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
UPDATE: See video clip after the break of an earlier interview in which Scarborough unequivocally puts it to Sestak that he had been offered the Secretary of the Navy position, and Sestak seems to confirm it. so much so that after playing the clip, today's guest Jeffrey Sachs, an ardent Obama fan, has to laughingly admit that, yes, Sestak had been offered the Navy job.
Does Chuck Todd understand the difference between offering, in return for a candidate's agreement to drop out of a race, a big federal job with its salary and perks, versus offering to support someone's possible future political campaign? Apparently not. For the NBC Political Director and chief White House correspondent this morning equated the Obama admin's apparent offer of a top job to Joe Sestak with Dick Cheney's reported offer to support Tim Pawlenty in a subsequent gubernatorial run if he would get out of a Senate primary against Norm Coleman. H/t reader Ray R.
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Chuck Todd defends White House offer to Sestak. Ping to Today show list.
Todd is in the tank for the Obama White House. He’s one of the few guys with access to just about everyone there because they know he’s their friend. He’s not about to say anything that might endanger that access.
..but 'they' keep turning their tricks in vain.
I see 0dumbo is using another ploy favored by alinsky.
Discredit and deny
Axelrod said on CNN that there was no job offer by anyone at 0dumbo’sWH
Their word against his.
I guess that depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is!
Amen to that, and given the fact 0bama is now tanking in the polls, his ability to shake this off is going to be a tough go. More people are paying attention this time around.
If Cheney did it, it must be okay!
This makes me very happy
Kinda stupud but serious question, Were so many of W’s supporters this blind?
I have voted for Bush 4 times but I was plenty angry with him plenty of times, for things now that are so minor compared to 0dumbo.
In all that anger I never worried he was taking America down a path that would damage us and reduce us.
Can 0dumbo’s supporters not see what he is doing? Or are there that many people that want us to slide and want us to become a nanny state?
“Whoever solicits or receives any .thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” — 18 USC Sec. 211 — Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office
When all else fails blame Bush.
If that fails, blame Cheney.
What a maroon.
It’s understandable, given their love of rigging elections, that Democrats don’t understand the difference between elective and appointive office.
The press is showing a LITTLE interest in this, but if similar allegations had been made against the Bush admin, the press would be in full feeding-frenzy mode by now, and the scandal would have been given a name - “Jobgate” or “Promisegate” or some such thing.
No it is not... one is actually... you know... codified into Federal law and the other is called an endorsement... and that this is just another satanic verse from the dims.
Chuck Todd learned how to root for this administration when he worked for a Mexican whorehouse.
“For the NBC Political Director and chief White House correspondent this morning equated the Obama admin’s apparent offer of a top job to Joe Sestak with Dick Cheney’s reported offer to support Tim Pawlenty in a subsequent gubernatorial run if he would get out of a Senate primary against Norm Coleman.”
If Todd’s theory is correct, then Blago ought to walk, on grounds that his seeking a job in exchange for naming a particular person to fill Obama’s Senate seat is as innocent as Dick Cheney’s offering to campaign for Pawlenty.
Commentary from Judge Napolitano:
Well the ramifications are potentially enormous. I mean to offer someone something of value in order to affect their official behavior as a member of Congress is a felony. We call it a bribe. To offer someone something of value to affect the outcome of an election is a felony. Each of those carries five years with them. The government has an affirmative obligation to investigate this.And Congressman Sestak who is a decent guy, we've all interviewed him. He sent you handwritten thank you notes after he was on your show, whether he agrees with you or not. Congressman Sestak has an obligation to tell the truth. Who offered him a job? What was the quid pro quo and what was the job? If he doesn't say that voluntarily a federal prosecutor should bring him before a grand jury and the grand jurors will inquire of his knowledge as we like to say.
That looks pretty cut and dried to me.
I'm also wondering if Sestak reported the attempted bribe to the authorities, and if not, could he be in any legal jeopardy for failing to do so?
Rahm Emanuel and Chuck Todd want private time
By: Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri
05/17/10 9:00 PM EDT
NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel were spotted at the Oval Room on Monday afternoon sitting down for lunch.
For a starter, both ordered white asparagus soup and then Todd went on to the tuna tartare and Emanuel went with a chicken Caesar salad. The restaurant manager told Yeas & Nays they specifically requested for “an area where they could talk” (away from the common folk, that is).
“It’s a lovely status symbol for both of them,” a fellow member of the White House press corps told Yeas & Nays, noting most don’t get the chance to dine casually with top administration officials.
STAY TUNED Manipulating the media in this lavish manner? The question is what other messages did Rahm want Chuck to plant in his news broadcast. BTW, the buzz is Rahm and George Stephanpoli phone-talk every morning.
Good one Mark. The limits some people will go to defend this administration continues to amaze me. Shouldn’t, but it still does.
I tweeted Chuck and told him it ‘wasn’t his finest moment’ but didn’t get a reply of course.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Chuck. Glad you enjoyed it: I’ll stay on the case!
Hey, what’s a little lunch between close friends? /s