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White House explains Sestak story; NRSC launches 'Sestak accountability clock'

Greg Sargent and Peter Baker have the early leaks on the White House's explanation of what I'll call "the Sestak scandal," even if it's not clear that it's a scandal. Sargent:

The White House maintains that Clinton's overtures to Sestak merely constituted an effort to gauge his seriousness about the race, the sources say, adding that Clinton was informally discussing the range of options open to Sestak as part of a larger conversation meant to ascertain Sestak's thinking.

Conservatives, who've gotten the rest of the media interested in a bone they've been gnawing for months, aren't backing down in the least. The moment the leaks came out the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced a countdown clock tracking the days that Sestak has "refused to come clean on White House bribes." Sestak, of course, started all of this by admitting that he'd been approached by the White House; there is no possible answer that could satisfy Republicans less than Sestak naming the person or people he talked to. And even then, I'm waiting for some calls back, but I detect no sign that Republicans are rolling over and dropping calls for a special prosecutor.

How coordinated are Republicans on this? In its announcement, the NRSC sent along a video created by Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) team on the House Government Reform & Oversight Committee.

For Issa, it's a White House scandal. For the NRSC, it's a scandal on a candidate they want to beat. It's a beautiful thing.

By David Weigel  |  May 28, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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