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Joe Sestak's version of the White House job offer story

Joe Sestak's statement, just out, downplays the story about his White House job offer even more than the White House's version of events did:

Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives.

I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.

Now that Dems have some actual information at their disposal, they are in a better position than earlier this week, when Republicans were attacking the White House and Sestak largely for refusing to say anything.

Yes, Republicans will continue slamming the White House anyway. RNC chair Michael Steel has a statement questioning the White House along these lines:

In the three months since Joe Sestak first made his allegation, the White House has denied, stonewalled and is now trying to downplay the claims with an unsubstantiated memo. This memo frankly raises more questions: What was Bill Clinton authorized to offer? Did President Obama sign off on this conversation before it took place?"

That's some pretty thin gruel. The memo already said Clinton was "authorized to offer" an unpaid position. Did Obama sign off on what happened? Well, the White House is already admitting that his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel did.

With more and more media figures looking at the story and concluding that there's no "there" there, it seems pretty clear that putting the info on the table was the right move.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 28, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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From Issa:

"The White House has offered a version of events that has important differences from what Congressman Sestak has been saying for months – that he was offered a ‘job’ by ’someone in the White House’ in exchange for leaving the Pennsylvania Senate race.

“I’m very concerned that...the White House has...worked to craft a story behind closed doors and coordinate with those involved."

(I would have thought that Greg Sargent would have been concerned with this aspect of the story.)

"The White House has admitted today to coordinating an arrangement that would represent an illegal quid-pro-quo as federal law prohibits directly or indirectly offering any position or appointment, paid or unpaid, in exchange for favors connected with an election.

“..Regardless of what President Clinton or Congressman Sestak now say, it is abundantly clear that this kind of conduct is contrary to President Obama’s pledge to change ‘business as usual’ and that his Administration has engaged in the kind of political shenanigans he once campaigned to end.”

@Greg: Care to comment on that last bit?

Posted by: sbj3 | May 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

That's some pretty thin gruel.

Heck, it less than that. It's water soup.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 28, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

He's going to WHIP Toon-town in the general. Can't wait.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 28, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Tom Delay held the vote on the Drug Prescription bill open for more than five hours, while he browbeat that Republican Congressman, from Ohio, into switching his no vote to a yes vote.?

Remember that, all you outraged Right Wing Nut Jobs? Remember how Tom Delay threatened to defeat the Republican Congressman's son, who was running for his retiring father's seat, if his father did not switch from a no vote to a yes vote on the Pharma written Prescription Drug bill.

The congressman did switch his vote, in order to not have his son defeated by Tom Delay. Remember that? Where was you outrage at that clearly criminal, and mafia thug like act?

Tell your faux sob story walking, all you two faced Right Wing cretins.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, though, that there was no reason whatsoever for it to have taken this long to get the facts out. Hope the WH has learned that.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Liam-still, if you were outraged over what Tom Delay did, then you should be outraged over this. The fact that you are not demonstrates you are a hypocrite. Maybe other people are hypocrites as well, but it doesn't change what you are, a partisan hypocrite. Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: sorry_no_email | May 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

WTH - give them time to try to come up with a job that might not get them impeached. So was this high profile job not a "thing of value" then why do they think he would take it?


BHO>> "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place," he said.

What kind of fools with swallow this? Oh yeah, Clinton and the ultra-liberal media. They SWALLOW, right Bill? Rahm? Barry Hussein?


Greg apparently swallows - right Greg?

"With more and more media figures looking at the story and concluding that there's no "there" there, it seems pretty clear that putting the info on the table was the right move. "

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Darrell Issa is the Geraldo Rivera of Obama scandals, who gives a phuuck what he thinks?

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | May 28, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

To suekzoo1, the reason it took so long to get the 'facts' out is that they are a big lie. Telling the truth is easy, lying is hard, and this one is so big they had to bring in Liar-in-Chief, Bill Clinton, to handle it. Just wait until this blows up. It will be classic.

Posted by: sorry_no_email | May 28, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This White House is slow to react on every thing.

Who was it that spoke about " the fierce urgency of now"? President Obama needs to call on the person, who said that, for some advice on how to move more urgently, when urgent action is called for.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

latenightwhatnot & Liam-still

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such stupidity. Are you as gullible as you are pretending? Or can I sell you some swamp land and snake oil?

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Darrell Issa is mad at the White House for rushing this out, but last week he was whining about them taking too long. I'm glad you fully endorse that level of stupidity.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | May 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

even if it were a paid position, it would still be OK. the "thing of value" language relates to offers to a congressman related to a legislative act by that congressman. Sestak wasn't offered anything relating to any possible act as a congressman, he was offered something with respect to his role as a candidate for the Senate, a role to which he hadn't yet been elected, so dropping out isn't a political act that can be the subject of a bribe.

which, of course, is why there's nothing improper, illegal, unethical or immoral about this perfectly common political behavior, and why no one has made a fuss over this while republican and democrat presidents have done it over the years. Reagan did it publicly, for cryin' out loud.

Posted by: JoeT1 | May 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

agreed re the delay, Sue and Liam. No reason for it at all.

And Ethan, I worry what this episode says about the candidate, but I guess we'll find out

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse


Hey Liam-still, if you were outraged over what Tom Delay did, then you should be outraged over this. The fact that you are not demonstrates you are a hypocrite. Maybe other people are hypocrites as well, but it doesn't change what you are, a partisan hypocrite. Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: sorry_no_email | May 28, 2010 1:33 PM

..................

Hey Moron.

Delay committed a crime, by trading a seat in congress for a vote on the drug bill.

This White House asked a person who had not yet entered the primary, if he would consider staying in Congress, and also act as unpaid advisor on some panels.

You are a typical Right Wing Nut Job, that ignores actual criminal acts, when they are committed by Republicans, and pretend that any political discussions engaged in by Democrats are all impeachable.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

You can make thin gruel into thick nourishing porrige by bringing it to a high boil.

I am sure Fox and others will do just that. Looks like Repubs will win everyting by 2012.

Posted by: hpalot | May 28, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If there is no "there" there why does it take months to say so?

Because they needed to wait on the primary. The stories would a alot different had Sestak lost.

Either way, the smell permeates all around this one........

Posted by: jeffreid1 | May 28, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Enough with this! Sestak stretched the truth and now looks like an idiot. There really is no there there. Were Republicans concerned when Dudd Gregg was offered a paid position? How about when Ronnie Raygun did it, Clinton did it, and countless others? Republicans are desparate and stupid. And Steele is a one man Minstrel Show. And don't bother calling me a racist because I've heard this same thing from many African Americans including members of my own family!

Posted by: roxsteady | May 28, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

latenightwhatnot & Liam-still

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such stupidity. Are you as gullible as you are pretending? Or can I sell you some swamp land and snake oil?

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 1:37 PM

...............

Sorry I can't help you with your emotional problems. Rational intelligent people know when to laugh, and when to cry. Seek professional help, and step away from your keyboard. You clearly are too mentally unbalanced to be posting on the internet.

Seek professional help immediately , and I hope that you get well soon. A good stint at a treatment center for the perpetually bewildered might do you some good. Bless your heart!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

hpalot, hallucinate much?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"I gotta say, though, that there was no reason whatsoever for it to have taken this long to get the facts out. Hope the WH has learned that."

You said it, Sue. What's with these guys? They wait until they've absorbed maximum punishment BEFORE doing or saying anything. More information please, White House. Snap out of it!

As for Sestak, I hope not to hear his name again until someone announces a poll showing him AHEAD of that Teabag-GOP lunatic Tooney who should be running in South Carolina, not PA.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 28, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This should teach Sestak a lesson. His long winded, cloak and dagger answers were not warrented. He made the allegation and then refused to elaborate. It should not have been up the the White House to respond but, since they have, they've made Sestak and our impotent press look even more ridiculous. No wonder the White House doesn't have much use for the press and has stopped holding press conferences with these idiots so often. The boot on the neck question from that fox tool Major Garrett was really embarrassing. For him and fox that is, not the President. Idiots!

Posted by: roxsteady | May 28, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"With more and more media figures looking at the story and concluding that there's no "there" there, it seems pretty clear that putting the info on the table was the right move. "


Is this anything like what the meaning of is, is?

Posted by: hpalot | May 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still AND GREG

- DON'T ever let a fact get in the way of an insult.

Rational intelligent people - how the hell would you know?

My iq is 146 and test scores ranked me in top 1% in math and logic. Top 3% of grad applicants.

Now.. were you were trying to make any point other than that you are a child saying "he did it first"?

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey so Greg. You think you'll not write another article on this now that it's settled or are we going to explore every avenue of questioning the RNC goes down?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 28, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

By the way, those who might be dumb enough to think there is anything to this non story should read these 2 articles and them come back and try to convince me that there's anything to this. I also neglected to mention that BUSH also did this. Where was the GOP then? Rove actually told Pawlenty not to run for the Senate but, Govenor instead. Is Pawlenty a Senator? Idiots!

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201005240051


http://www.salon.com/news/joe_sestak/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2010/05/26/darrell_issa_judd_gregg_joe_sestak

Posted by: roxsteady | May 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still AND GREG

- DON'T ever let a fact get in the way of an insult.

Rational intelligent people - how the hell would you know?

My iq is 146 and test scores ranked me in top 1% in math and logic. Top 3% of grad applicants.

Now.. were you were trying to make any point other than that you are a child saying "he did it first"?

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 1:56 PM |

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I was you responding to your statement, that you did not know if you should laugh or cry. You said it moron, and there was no point that you were making, so it is a little late for you to try and play the point card.

Stop lying about your IQ. No one cares about your overcompensations.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

My iq is 146 and tesZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.....

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 28, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This is the perfect time for a scandal. The economy is starting to return. I say "starting" because while GDP has been growing, jobs are just starting to get here. But, I digress. As the GOP did with Clinton, this is the time when they have to turn the page from Democrats solving economic issues to Democrats committing crimes (even if it's clear no crime has been committed).

This is simply politics. Obama wanted Specter. He encourage Sestak to drop. Presidents do this all the time. All the time. And even if they didn't, offering someone an unpaid advisory board position, which Sestak and the White House admit was the deal, is not exactly like putting your enemy in a full time government job. This is dumb, developed by the Hannitys of the world.

Posted by: teoandchive | May 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

wbg, the only reason I can think of that the WH stayed mute was waiting until after the primary was over. I think they were loathe to make Sestak look like a schmuck for overstating his "offer." Why he ever said anything is beyond me. Funny, for a guy who spent a lot of years in the Navy, he apparently never heard that "loose lips sinks ships."


Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The one who is likely to be the most upset in all of this is Arlen Specter. As Sestak reports of Clinton's reaction, it was predicable that Sestak would refuse such a puny offer, yet the WH had promised to clear the primary field for Specter if he would switch parties. No doubt the WH has kept quiet, because they did not want Arlen to know how little effort they had expended on his behalf.

Expect little cooperation with the WH from Specter from here on out.

Posted by: teeceejay | May 28, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"The economy is starting to return. I say "starting" because while GDP has been growing, jobs are just starting to get here. "

Yup.

And health care is dropping off the map because people realize they like it. And $250 doughnut hole payments are to go out to Seniors in July.

They need something... ANYTHING... to distract from the FACT that Obama has not only SAVED this country's economy but is doing an excellent job moving us -- finally -- into the 21st century.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 28, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I love it when Right Wing Republicans start calling for impeachment hearing over Democrats having political strategy talks, about their own party primaries.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"dropping off the map" as a political issue, that is...

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still - it is already clear you can't tell the difference between a lie and the truth. Calling me a moron - makes you think it makes you look smart.

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAH

AHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHA

AHAHHAHAHAH ok

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

2 balls, 3 strikes, you're OUT teabaggers.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

which, of course, is why there's nothing improper, illegal, unethical or immoral about this perfectly common political behavior, and why no one has made a fuss over this while republican and democrat presidents have done it over the years. Reagan did it publicly, for cryin' out loud.

Some one needs to stay away from the Koolaid.

Posted by: hpalot | May 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Like President Johnson once remarked about Gerald Ford, the MSM also can not walk and chew gum, at the same time.

Along comes the BP massive Oil spill, and right away, the MSM completely stops all coverage of Goldman Sacks, Toyota, Senator Ensign's bribing of the man he cuckolded, etc.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Justice26, you're that insecure that you have to post your IQ on a blog? Really? Maybe you need to, I don't know, have a drink or something. Sounds like you're having an identity crisis.

The bottom line is that this guy Sestak was not offered a job in the administration. He was offered an opportunity to work on an unpaid board. Now, it turns out that our slimy friend Rahm Emanuel lucked out and wanted Sestak in the Congress and so could not actually offer him a full time position, but regardless, there is nothing here.

This is simply people like Justice26, who help Hannity and Limbaugh make millions per year making things up, throwing stuff on the wall and hoping that it sticks. It's convenient, as they can feel what it would be like to control the Congress again. But, alas, they have no ideas, nothing productive to bring to the table. So they make stuff up.

Posted by: teoandchive | May 28, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

love it when Right Wing Republicans start calling for impeachment hearing over Democrats having political strategy talks, about their own party primaries.

Democrats were calling for impeachment over Republicans having private meetings with industry reps. Of course there was no proof of bribs, as there is in this case.

Posted by: hpalot | May 28, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Rove actually told Pawlenty not to run for the Senate but, Govenor instead. Is Pawlenty a Senator?

Did Rove offer a job, cash, sex? Membership in his sex club?

Posted by: hpalot | May 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still - it is already clear you can't tell the difference between a lie and the truth. Calling me a moron - makes you think it makes you look smart.

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAH

AHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHA

AHAHHAHAHAH ok

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 2:17 PM |

..............

Well clearly I was right about how much you were in urgent need of professional mental health care. Your maniacal cackle adds more confirmation of your irrational state of mind.

Like I said before; a prolonged stint at a treatment center for the perpetually bewildered, might do you some good. Bless your heart!!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, if *this* issue is a problem, then every horse-trading vote-for-vote in the Senate ought to be investigated. Not.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break.

If this is "pretty thin gruel", why the heck did it takes weeks to come up with this?

"With more and more media figures looking at the story and concluding that there's no "there" there, it seems pretty clear that putting the info on the table was the right move."

The mainstream media went no further than asking Robert Gibbs over and over for information and over and over Gibbs rebuffed them. They asked Sestak and they were rebuffed.

The truth takes no time to announce, a lie takes time to fabricate.

Posted by: spamsux1 | May 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"My iq is 146 and test scores ranked me in top 1% in math and logic. Top 3% of grad applicants".

Let me guess....you also look just like Brad Pitt, are a two-time gold medalist in synchronized swimming, and once performed an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the mall food court using only a plastic spork and some napkins from the Cinnabon.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | May 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Chuck,

The modern day Republican Party likes to imagine that their is a mole hill, and then pretend that their imaginary mole hill, is actually and imaginary mountain. Quitter Palin is the poster child for that approach.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey teahadis, your poster boards and crayons are waitin' for ya. Time to go color, isn't it?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Slave Sargent:
"Now that Dems have some actual information at their disposal, they are in a better position than they were earlier this week, when Republicans were attacking the White House and Sesak largely for refusing to say anything."

You think?

#1...what "facts"? No one has stated which White House personage offered what job to Sestak through his BROTHER.

So Bilbo and Joe-joe have a chat...whatever. But Joe-joe specifically alleged that he was offered an O-dministration job, by someone in the White House, through his brother,(who was also his campaign manager).

There have been no facts whatsoever forthcoming to elucidate on these specific allegations...made by Sestak himself...

#2: Contrary to what you are trying to flack here, DemocRats are in far WORSE shape than they were in that this whole thing stinks to high heaven, and normal people are repelled by it.

Even your moonbat mantra: that "Bush and Reagan and Nixon ALL did it, and BETTER!" reduces your "transformational HopenChangey O-dministration" to nothing more than "Business as Usual".
(And I'm being VASTLY charitable here, and you and I both know it).

Special Counsel/Independent Prosecutor Summer...here we come!

Posted by: Bilgeman | May 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the inevitable cries of "Chicago/thugs/corrupt/windy/too cold/why can't the Cubs win?" that we'll hear for the next three years, I guess the Tea-OP can't handle such a Democratic bastion.

What a lazy, one-word-catches-all excuse for criticsm.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

No actually I don't claim to be anything I am not - or anything I cannot prove.

In your world and little liam - that might matter when evaluating who to vote for or believe (Edwards?)

Funny you take on faith that your messiah is the smartest human to ever walk the earth. and anyone who challenges that myth is a moron? yeah right.

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to take credit for having created the question mark, and the pregnant pause. You sure are very modest for a person with such a high IQ!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

An IQ of 143, and still he is not able to figure out, according to him, if he should laugh or cry.

A legend in his own mind, is a terrible thing to waste!!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 28, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats were calling for impeachment over Republicans having private meetings with industry reps. Of course there was no proof of bribs, as there is in this case."

You mean those secret meetings DeadEye Dick Cheney had with Big Oil where he let them write their own regulations which led, inexorably, to the defiling of the Gulf of Mexico that we now stand witness to? I can't WAIT for the Oil Commission to subpoena the miserable war criminal and I hope he ends up in prison where he belongs.

Posted by: wbgonne | May 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Our Confederate-In-Residence's faux outrage over this is matched only by his faux outrage over Appomattox.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

liam how many times can you blow smoke or swallow what greg, bho and slick willy spew before addressing a fact.

Swallow big time.

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Liam, he Justice26 might not be lying about his IQ. The person I've met that had the highest IQ was also one of the stupidest boxes of rocks I've encountered in my life.

It's like owning a leer jet but not knowing how to fly.

Posted by: holyhandgrenaid | May 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Slave in Denton:
"Our Confederate-In-Residence's faux outrage over this is matched only by his faux outrage over Appomattox."

Is that all you've got?

At least I know s**t from shine-ola, and call it as such, while you just keep smearing it all over your shoes.

Rahm Emmanuel was right about you people..."effin' retards!"

Posted by: Bilgeman | May 28, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

All, chief ethics officer under Bush tells Republicans it's "time to move on" from Sestak story:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/bush_ethics_chief_to_gop_time.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I guess our Confererate-In-Residence is being "ironic" by addressing us a "slaves"?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess our Confederate-In-Residence is being "ironic" by addressing us as "slaves"?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh - greg - Really? "nothing here to see. move along"

Seriously how far up their arses are you all?

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"agreed re the delay, Sue and Liam. No reason for it at all."

Of course there's a reason. First, they tried to ignore the scandal and hope their media lackeys would kill the story. Second, they had to scrub the evidence. Third, they had to contact necessary parties and construct a cover story.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

you libs just stay on that obumber bus it is nearing the 2 trillion cliff can't wait to see you all go over! you commie socialist PIGS my iq is 277 and i am too stupid to tie my owns shoes

but i bet i paid more in taxes than you made last year

Posted by: jeffers47 | May 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post, y'all.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This is more sickening than Watergate.
they have now ruined the career of a successful Admiral and Congressman for what?
To save rham emmanuel? Rham would not take the fall so Clinton does? This is hilarious. NEVER has Clinton's name been mentioned before this and now he is the Central character. you would have thought they would have leaked Clinton's name well before this if he was involved. We now have a conspiracy which includes what used to be an honorable man is Sestak. It is very sad. All the Presdent's Men hunh. Wonder what Clinton gets out of this deal? Hillary can forget ANY chance of relplacing a failed Obama. how much $$$$ do yo think Clinton gets?
Put the RATS under OATH!

Posted by: irishalaman | May 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

COME ON SARGENT!! If you believe this side of the WH story then I indeed have a bridge to sell you. Seriously, do you honestly believe that the WH would offer a current representative a NON-PAYING job or any position that didn't either increase his/her stature or standing within the administration?? Also, if this was such a 'non-story', then why did it take the WH 3 months to concoct/craft this story in order to mitigate it?? (oops..I went there).

Posted by: rigoman33 | May 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"my iq is 277 and i am too stupid to tie my owns shoes"

Well, you're apparently too stupid to find the "shift" key.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | May 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If this is all that it was, then an apology is owed the American people by Sestak. Certainly he knew that Clinton was not in the White House at the time, unless he was referring to Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton; and if someone running for the office of Senator does not know the difference between "in the Whate House", and "was in the White house almost ten years ago", then America has a serious problem.

Posted by: CalP | May 28, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"First we Kill the Lawyers"

I have often mused on why the scum of humanity end up in Washington running our lives.

No one but a complete moron would believe any of this.

...But Job 1 of the most skilled lawyers is to weave lies that, while palpably unbelievable, are so properly caulked and cemented in just the right places, so that the truth cannot possibly leak out.

"The administration" turns out to be none other than Liar-in-Cheif" Bubba ("I did not have sex with that woman"} Clinton.

Just what is Bubba's job in "the administration," something like that of George Bushes' job?

It does not wash: Bubba is in no way "The administration"

....And the bribe, equivalent to that of a offering the job of unpaid septic tank diver, is more fishy than Monica's panties. How do you need to hire a "go-between" to get someone to give up the cushy life of ease of being a US Senator.
to go swim in a septic tank for nothing; nada!

Oh, don't rely on the offices of the both the President and the head of your party to convince the sucker to accept a job as unpaid septic tank diver over the life of ease and prestige (and the road to riches) of being a US Senator. Instead get a political has been, hack, and known perjurer to offer your crap job - Hmmm maybe bubba was really only offering to share his black address book.

My opinion of the US Navy has gone to hell if they ever commissioned this lying Sack of Dung to that of a senior officer.

Of course we expect politicians of all stripes to be filthy lying criminals but Naval Officers?

Put them all on Polygraphs, their contrived stories will fall apart.

The Washington Post will be in full damage control to help these criminals escape justice. He may be a filthy rotten perjurer and liar but he is "their liar" and that's enough for the media.

Posted by: brucefrykman1 | May 28, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Something stinks about this.

The WH has been stonewalling this offer of a non-paid job for some time. Why? If this is all that it is why not put the story out immediately? Will this pass the Obama's loving media's smell test? I bet it will. The rest of us normal folks will be shaking our heads incredulously.

Posted by: MadJayhawk | May 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Ditto Bruce:


No one but a complete moron would believe any of this.

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

An UN-Paid position? If there ever was a signal that you wanted someone to run and not break your promise to support his opponet this was it. If they didn't want him in the race a job like Secretary of the Navy would have been a real job offer. Sestak is being too rigid in his thinking if he missed the underlining message from Bubba.

Posted by: johnturkal1 | May 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching Sestak right now during his press conference and something just doesn't smell right here. Why in the world would he not have brought this up earlier?!? I simply don't believe this guy which is sad since I'm a vet who spent over a decade in the Navy and usually give Navy folks the benefit of the doubt. I seriously can't believe that a former president would be called upon to talk to a sitting congressman about a NON-PAYING position. Just doesn't pass the smell test. Sorry.

Posted by: rigoman33 | May 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Divert and Deflect

SOP for D party hacks

Swallow - is the mantra for the sheep led by them

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Justice26 - Wow! Aren't you special!!!!

You know though, it is a real pity - all that intelligence and you don't have a clue...

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | May 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

bush did it.

Posted by: skipper66 | May 28, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

teoandchive - not insecure about my intelligence at all.

Responding to another brainwashed liberal who made false claims. I do understand that your victims are supposed to roll over and play dead.
But intelligence is actually something to be proud of and not hide from. At least anywhere other than at the WaPo and the BHO WH

Posted by: Justice26 | May 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

upcoming clinton deja vu line:

i did not have sex with that....
er,umm, i mean,ummmm.....
i did not have sestak with that job offer.

Posted by: skipper66 | May 28, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Re: johnturkal1: "Sestak is being too rigid in his thinking if he missed the underlining message from Bubba. "


WHAT!!! you actually believe one word of this cock and bull sorry excuse of a cover-up?????


I've got some resort property smack dab in middle of the Dismal Swamp I can let you have at an amazing new introductory offer!

Posted by: brucefrykman1 | May 28, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The obvious reason it took so long is because they needed to coordinate responses.

Sure past administrations are probably guilty of it.

Problem is this administration vowed to put an end to it...and they didn't.

Disappointing.

Posted by: johio1 | May 28, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

So....there's two reasonable scenario's:

1) Original allegation didn't go anywhere. Issa makes noise, national media doesn't care, so why should the administration find out what happened? After Specter loses, the issue resurfaces, administration wants to get its ducks in a row, takes a couple days to do so.


2) Needed six months to come up with a plausible excuse. If this is true, then they're even more incompetent than what they are accused of.

Posted by: mikem1 | May 28, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The obvious reason it took this long was because there was a primary happening and the White House could be accused of interfering in the voting results if they made a statement during the primary.

Wow another time the teabag cult calls for impeachment over absolutely nothing. What a shock!

Posted by: Beeliever | May 28, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Anything that sleazy Clinton gets involved in is likely to result in a dishonest drama. The people in the White House Emanuel should be ashamed for getting the big nose disgrace of an ex president to do any of their bidding. Obama is a biiiiigggg disappointment to me who worked hard for him !!!!

Posted by: Nancianne | May 28, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The only organization slower than this administration to act or react is the media.

Posted by: RedRedRobin | May 28, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

...or just could it be that the White House is guilty as sin and you turds are going to make more excuses for them as usual ad infinitum.

Gimme a break. How stupid do we look?

Posted by: gary928 | May 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

boy you liberal democrats have your own dictionary,and now you have your own way of reading a bribe.that old fart specter is gone and thank GOD never trust a leopard that changes spots.

Posted by: SISSD1 | May 28, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse


Oh boy, Sargeant,

You NEVER have anything but some grubby
warmed over pap on the subject of the day, do you?

Bu the time it gets to you, it's dribbled down to thin gruel, and your offering offers nothing. As usual. Worthless.
pudding is

Posted by: whistling | May 28, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

lol at whistling.

Do you think maybe Sargent gets a nice warm fuzzy pat on the back from the administration for this crap - ya know like a "good boy, good boy?"

I tell you somebody in the white house is surely saying - "Wow - good angle. That may do it."

pfft.

Posted by: gary928 | May 28, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Serving on an unpaid advisory board isn't a "job", it's an "assignment". The question that will no doubt be asked, and which therefore ought to be anticipated and answered in advance, is whether anything else was mentioned about a future role that the Congressman could play in the administration if he didn't run for the Senate, such as becoming the Secretary of one of the Armed Forces (given President Clinton's explicit mention of Mr. Sestak's "military background" in their conversation, as reported above). The Congressman said that after Mr. Clinton asked him to stay in the House and accept a position on the Presidential Board, an offer that Mr. Sistak declined, "the conversation moved on to other subjects." It behooves the administration to be more nearly explicit about what those "other subjects" were and weren't.

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 28, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm in a good mood...what the hey. My dad always told me, "don't let the bast*ards get you down." I figure, hoping more so and I'm the perennial hopester, that one day the walls are going to come crashing down on this farcical regime. People are going to look back at the audacity of this President and his crony staff and in bewilderment wonder how in heck phrases like "gauge his seriousness" wasn't shot to crap like a pulled skeet the second it was blurted out.
Yeah - I'll send Bill Clinton to check out whether Sestak is serious about a race he is spending dollars on that would land him in the US Senate - a place where everyone becomes a millionaire at some point in time.
Go see if he's serious. Why? WHy I ask? Who gives a rat's butt if he is? Oh....uhhh.... We want Arlen to win - he's in our pocket. So if he's not "serious" we can get Arlen to win?? Let's make him an offer he can't refuse.

Posted by: gary928 | May 28, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Memo to conservatives that logically determined a non-paying job offer is a ridiculous position.
Did you see the election results, how about wanting Obama to get him Philadelphia votes, or who's in control of congress to get a special prosecutor?
How do you think Sestak will spin it regardless of what occurred? Maybe it is something in the water, but conservatives at times refuse to think. Without evidence nor the ability to obtain it, they are tilting at windmills.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 28, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Bilgy-

Thanks for outing yourself to all the newbies!

Cheers!

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 28, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee.....a sandwich summit for the Prez and Wild Bill to get their stories straight. Vote Sestak out for using this as a tool to steal the primary!

Posted by: LivingSmallInNYC | May 28, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

By DICK MORRIS AND JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO

Published on DickMorris.com on May 27, 2010

With a Democratic Attorney General in Washington, a Democratic president, and both houses of Congress solidly in Democratic control, it is obviously futile to hope that the possible bribery of Joe Sestak to induce him to withdraw from the Senate race against Arlen Specter will be fully investigated. But, as the facts of this scandal grudgingly emerge from the White House and from Congressman Sestak, there is an alternative way to pursue justice.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General, Tom Corbett -- who is the Republican nominee for Governor this year -- has ample jurisdiction to convene a grand jury to get to the bottom of the scandal and answer the key questions:

1. Who offered a job to Sestak?

2. What job was proffered?

3. And did the president know of the offer?

Corbett's jurisdiction stems from the concept of universal jurisdiction, now accepted virtually everywhere. The concept is simple. If someone on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River fires a pistol across the Hudson and the bullet from the pistol hits someone on the NY side, where did the crime take place? For about 600 years, the answer would have been in NY, where the harm was caused. Under the Reagan administration, and in response to urgings from the Meese Justice Department, the courts began to accept the doctrine of universal jurisdiction. This principle gives jurisdiction to law enforcement in the place wherever any act occurred that may have resulted in a crime. Thus, under our scenario above, the shooter could be prosecuted in NJ or NY.

Thus, if Cong. Sestak was in one of his homes, in PA or VA, when he received a telephone call offering him a job if he withdrew from the PA Senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, law enforcement authorities in PA and VA -- both of which have Republican state Attorneys General -- can subpoena Cong. Sestak to testify before a state grand jury and compel him to answer the who, what, when, and where that everyone has a right to know.

The people of the United States and, particularly the people of Pennsylvania, want these questions to be answered honestly. They will not settle for a Democratic stonewall that refuses to let the truth emerge.

Under our federal system, we need not tolerate giving one party the power to be the prosecutor, judge, defendant, defense attorney, and jury. We can open the process to checks and balances.

Corbett should make it possible for the truth to emerge by convening a grand jury and summoning Sestak, Emanuel, and anyone else who may have been involved to answer questions under oath.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's try some real logic here, okay? Watch this. Either Sestak is a flake, coming out with an accusation that the White House offered him a "job" to stay out of the Senate race. His unprovoked words. If this was not true than I believe he did himself in as far as the PA Senate race goes. Or, Clinton and the White House are liars. Either way, the truth will come out.

Posted by: bobilly1 | May 28, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama and his administration continues to trip over the truth. Somebody in the Administration is/are lying through their teeth. What would Congressman Sestak make a statement of an offer of a job to drop out of the Senate race if it had not been made? Congressman Stestak is a person of high entegrity unlike those in the Obama administration that have been caught in many untruths. I certainly would trust a former Flag Officer of the Navy that served our Country honorably and faithfully for more than 30 years.

Posted by: MRGRG-USA | May 28, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I get this right.

Obama admitted to offering a job to a potential senate candidate, in an attempt to have this person not enter the election.

Is this right?

If so, it is illegal. It is illegal to offer someone a job as a sort of "bride" for them not to run.

What I find more interesting, or scary, is that liberals see nothing wrong with what Obama did. Especially from a President who said he was going to create a more transparent govt.

It is almost laughable how overt Obama is being in breaking all of his promises. Yet liberals continue to believe everything he says. It makes me think they are either delusional or just idiots.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | May 28, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

If you read Sestak's and the White House's version of what happened you will quickly notice that there are significant differences. Sestak says that he talked to Clinton once. At his news conference on the steps of the Capitol he reaffirmed that. The White House statement says that Sestak was contacted multiple times in June and July of last year and more than one position was discussed. I understand that it is illegal or unethical for congressmen to serve on Presidential boards. Read about the board here - http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/piab The board is an element of the adminstration. If that is true, why would the congressman be offered such a position?

Posted by: MadJayhawk | May 28, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Every day Obama and his clowns look more and more like Nixon.

Posted by: noneya3 | May 28, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

So where are the Democrats on this? Remember during the Bush administration they were all over the Plame issue because someone in the White House MIGHT have committed a crime. In the end, the special investigator got Scooter for the coverup, but determined no crime had been committed in outing Plame. So now, we have the White House admitting they violated federal law (by authorizing Clinton to contact Sestak) and there's not a peep from the Democrats.

Posted by: termiteavenger | May 28, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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