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White House can't get its Sestak story straight
Washington Examiner ^ | 06/01/10 | staff

Posted on 06/01/2010 5:43:14 AM PDT by safetysign

Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House.

The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and its congressional confederates is laughing about this one. It is simply illegal to offer a job to anybody in return for doing something designed to influence a congressional election, so the White House story fails both the legal and the giggle test. In the first place, nobody can seriously believe that a wizened con man like Bill Clinton would agree to offer such rotten bait to a deep-water fish like Sestak, a former three-star admiral. When the job offer was originally made to Sestak in February, it was done because he clearly represented a serious threat to Specter's bid for the Pennsylvania Democratic senatorial primary less than a year after turncoat Arlen bolted the Republican Party. It is ludicrous to believe that the prospect of a presidential appointment to an unpaid federal advisory panel of little stature and less consequence would persuade Sestak to give up his dream of moving up from the House to the Senate. Clinton must have known this beforehand.

Second, White House counsel Bob Bauer apparently was not consulted about this hastily stitched together cover-up because otherwise the participants in the Oval Office would likely have been told a key fact: As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was barred from serving on such a federal panel and thus would have been required not only to give up his Specter challenge but also his House seat in order to agree to the White House offer. Whatever else he may be, Sestak is not stupid and would not have agreed to such a bargain.

Third, when are Washington's business-as-usual politicians going to learn that the cover-up is always worse than the original crime? As California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking minority member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said, "Has there been stalling? Yes. Is there a possibility that what we're being told now is not true because it's not so plausible? Yes. Should there be independent investigation so we can move on? Yes." So there is a real possibility of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct in addition to the original violation. This is the gang that can't come up with a plausible story, much less shoot straight.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 111th; clinton; corruptdems; corruption; cultureofcorruption; democratcorruption; demprimary; holder; obama; obamacorruption; pa2010; sestak
WhiteWatergate II?
1 posted on 06/01/2010 5:43:14 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: safetysign
I hope people will have a long enough memory about this to pick up today where it left off on Friday.

2 posted on 06/01/2010 5:45:33 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: safetysign

WhiteHouseSestakGate occurring near the upcoming WhiteHouseBlagoGate.


3 posted on 06/01/2010 5:46:58 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: safetysign

Of course they can’t. They aren’t the brightest bunch to grace the WH hallways. But nothing will come of it. Just a speed bump in the road.


4 posted on 06/01/2010 5:48:31 AM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: safetysign

I would think that Blago is taking lots of notes with regard to these comments that this is “business as usual.”


5 posted on 06/01/2010 5:48:42 AM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: safetysign; Admin Moderator

Sestak isn’t a Popular Keyword today. ???


6 posted on 06/01/2010 5:49:50 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: safetysign

the Media will let it drop and the Repubs will not have the b@lls to properly pursue it. Stick a fork in this one.


7 posted on 06/01/2010 6:13:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: norge

Blago trial starts Thursday!


8 posted on 06/01/2010 6:23:23 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: safetysign
It is ludicrous to believe that the prospect of a presidential appointment to an unpaid federal advisory panel of little stature and less consequence would persuade Sestak to give up his dream of moving up from the House to the Senate.

Stupid figment to create.

Second, White House counsel Bob Bauer apparently was not consulted about this hastily stitched together cover-up

Or he wouldn't have put out in the *official statement* that Sestak had contact through June and July ... Sestak later on the Capitol steps says he had one call from Clinton -- dang, that's a long phone call!

9 posted on 06/01/2010 6:30:55 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: safetysign
As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was barred from serving on such a federal panel and thus would have been required not only to give up his Specter challenge but also his House seat in order to agree to the White House offer.

This is one of the elephants in the room that no "reporter" has attempted to address. A simple question to Gibbs:

How many sitting Congressmen sit on such panels? Can you give us some names?

I have been waiting for weeks to hear the answer to this question.

10 posted on 06/01/2010 6:35:50 AM PDT by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: safetysign

I’m still convinced that this White House makes the Nixon White House look very clean indeed


11 posted on 06/01/2010 6:53:45 AM PDT by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned automobile is STILL A USED CAR!!!)
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To: safetysign

I’m still convinced that this White House makes the Nixon White House look very clean indeed


12 posted on 06/01/2010 6:53:45 AM PDT by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned automobile is STILL A USED CAR!!!)
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To: safetysign

It’s because Obama and his gang are pathological liars of the lowest order.

The little kenyan sh!tstain lies so much, that he would probably tell us he ate eggs for breakfast when he really ate oatmeal.


13 posted on 06/01/2010 7:06:55 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: F15Eagle
>>>>>WhiteHouseSestakGate occurring near the upcoming WhiteHouseBlagoGate<<<

OK, I'm going to type this very carefully.....

Blown Job Offer Gate....

Anyone who reads something else into it is a pig, even if Bill Clinton was the guy who made the "blown job offer."

14 posted on 06/01/2010 7:16:25 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: safetysign

What I don’t understand - the statute is about electioneering...not bribery. Even if its a non-paid position, its still electioneering, and still illegal.

Unfortunately, its just as illegal as waving a club outside a polling station :(


15 posted on 06/01/2010 7:22:04 AM PDT by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: irish guard

Don’t use the word blown about a Democrat.


16 posted on 06/01/2010 8:49:36 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If the republicans take the House of Representatives in the upcoming election, Rep. Darrell Issa will then have subpoena power. He can actually do something then, now he can only talk.


17 posted on 06/01/2010 8:56:20 AM PDT by etcb
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