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GOP seeks to re-create Joe Sestak job drama in Colorado

The Fix


Updated at 5:14 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that White House officials "dangled the possibility" of a job offer for Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff in order to clear the Democratic primary for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

The administration had previously denied, on the record, that it had offered Romanoff a job in the administration. The AP report injects new life into a story Republicans have been trying to push after the White House stumbled over a similar situation in Pennsylvania. It has been just days since the White House was forced to release a detailed reckoning of its involvement in trying to urge Rep. Joe Sestak out of his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

Long before Sestak, in September 2009, the Denver Post reported that the White House was trying to find a way to drive Romanoff, a former state House speaker, out of the primary against the appointed Sen. Bennet.

The story cited anonymous sources alleging that Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, discussed specific jobs with Romanoff. The White House denied it, while Romanoff has repeatedly declined to comment -- including to the Fix yesterday. "We're not commenting on why we're not commenting," said Romanoff spokesman Roy Teicher.

But is that a tenable position? After all, Sestak declined to talk about his job offer for months after he first disclosed it, and it blew up on him and the White House eventually.

And, newspapers in Colorado are starting to churn the story again. Witness today's editorial in the Denver Post entitled "Clear the air on the Romanoff deal" that read (in part):

"We don't know what to make of all the secrecy. Without an explanation, voters are left to wonder who to believe. And if Obama doesn't mind the position in which that places Romanoff, he ought to care about where it places him."

Republicans said the unanswered questions show how Democrats have failed to live up to promises of transparency.

"Romanoff would be well-served to explain all of the details surrounding his discussions with the White House, the positions they proposed, and the individuals who contacted him immediately," NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand said.

Can Romanoff avoid the same fate as Sestak -- a protracted, distracting discussion of who said what when -- in the coming weeks? (To be clear, as we wrote last week in the aftermath of the Sestak situation, this sort of horse-trading happens all the time in politics; it's the covering-up that is dangerous politically, not the chatter.)

Let's look at the similarities and the differences between the two situations.

First, the reasons the situations are the same:

1. Both Sestak and Romanoff have largely stonewalled the media. Sestak said that the White House had offered him a job and then immediately clammed up. Romanoff has, from the start, declined to comment. If the media feel they are not getting the whole story -- and that there is more to tell -- they aren't likely to simply give up.

2. Both situations lay dormant for months. Sestak initially said he was offered a job in February, but it didn't explode until he won the primary two weeks ago. Romanoff's offer was initially reported in September and didn't perk up until after the Sestak news drew national attention last week.

3. Both candidates are running against the establishment. Neither Sestak nor Romanoff wants to be perceived as having played the establishment game because much of their campaigns are predicated on beating that establishment. Both Bennet and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) were endorsed by President Obama and have/had much of the party infrastructure behind their campaigns.

And now, the reasons the two mens' situations are different.

1. Sestak said -- on the record -- that a job was offered. Romanoff has said nothing publicly about the offer and no one who can verify the offer has gone on the record. In fact, the White House denied making Romanoff a job offer immediately back in September while White House press secretary Robert Gibbs equivocated for months with Sestak.

2. Romanoff is still in the primary while Sestak had won his party's nomination before the offer story went viral -- thanks in large part to the aggressive approach taken by California Rep. Darrell Issa among other Republicans. The appetite for this story may increase if Romanoff can actually advance to the general election but that's a big if. Bennet leads by double digits in polling and has a massive fundraising edge over Romanoff. For now, he's not really front-page news outside of the Rocky Mountain State.

3. Romanoff was not in elected office when the alleged offer came. The former state House speaker was actively seeking out career options last year, and for a time appeared to be close to becoming Gov. Bill Ritter's (D) lieutenant governor. "Andrew's situation is a little different in that he wasn't a member of Congress," said Colorado Democratic consultant Steve Welchert, who is neutral in the Senate primary. "Andrew was a term-limited member of the House. He was putting out a number of feelers." With Romanoff looking at his options, a job offer from Democratic leaders wouldn't have looked as overtly political. At the same time, the Denver Post reported that the conversations did take place after he entered the Senate race.

Whether any of this winds up becoming much of an issue is still up in the air but Romanoff's campaign is doubling down on its no-comment policy at the moment.

Reached Tuesday, Teicher, the Romanoff spokesman, would neither budge nor elaborate on his reasons for not commenting.

"I'm not going to expound on that, and I'm not going to get into an analysis of why we're not commenting," Teicher said. "I would just ask you to please accept the no comment, because that is all we are offering."

For now.

--Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  June 2, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
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Apparently, if your ideas and policies cannot stand up to any sort of scrutiny, you end up desperate for a super majority in Congress so that you can pass bills without letting anyone read them. You would think the White House could find other things to do besides meddle in primary elections, I don't know, maybe work on fixing the oil spill, the economy, or Iraq and Afghanistan? Remember that when the country was facing economic meltdown, John McCain announced he was suspending his campaign to go back to Washington to work on a bipartisan solution. Obama just laughed at him and continued campaigning. And now as president, facing an oil spill, and dismal job numbers, Obama simply steps up the campaigning and fund-raising activities. If it's not a campaign event, a vacation, or calling for some sort of commission, don't expect Obama to do it. And he has the audacity to whine that he is facing the toughest presidency since the Depression. Gee, it must have been so much easier to be president during 9-11 and Katrina. He needs to learn from the BP CEO that Americans are not too keen on the "poor little me" line.

Posted by: sam38 | June 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

You can bet Obozzo, our Racketeer-in-Chief, wishes he had offered AZ Governor Brewer a sweetheart gig. She is going to humiliate this inexperienced, ignorant, moron on the national stage if he try's to take her to the mat regarding illegal immigration.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | June 3, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The Right Way of the World:
-Outing a CIA agent-acceptable
-Wiretapping American citizens illegally-acceptable
-Embroiling country in a war on the word of a single unreliable informant (otherwise known as lying America into war), a war that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians-acceptable.
-Putting drug executives in charge of the FDA, oilmen in charge of the EPA, and moneymen in charge of the SEC-acceptable.
-Emasculating or underfunding every level of government regulation on an unprecedented scale-acceptable.
-Torturing American citizens-acceptable.
-Turning other citizens over to countries for the express purpose of exposing them to torture-acceptable.
-Absolutely ruining the American educational system while attempting to make teaching a profession that pays less than a fast food manager-acceptable
-Universally undermining workers’ rights while giving a pass to deregulation of industry-acceptable.
-Giving Wall Street free rein to do whatever it sees fit-acceptable.
-Allowing corporations to repeatedly pillage the life savings and hard-earned benefits of the American people(Enron, Countrywide, etc.)-acceptable.
-Telling France and a very large part of the free world to go f*** themselves for 8 years-acceptable.
-Talking tough on immigration while opening the floodgates of undocumented workers to facilitate cheap labor for business-acceptable.
-Never ever finding WMDs-acceptable
-Leaving New Orleans to fend for itself for days and days after Katrina-acceptable.
-Awarding billions of dollars in unbid contracts to a company financially tied to the Vice-President of the United States (Haliburton)-acceptable.
-Privatizing the American military, prison, and school systems for corporate profit-acceptable.
-Attempting to tie Social Security to the stock market-Extremely stupi…uh…acceptable.
-A million other things perpetrated by the worst administration in the history of this or any other Universe-acceptable.


-Offering a job to the guy who didn’t get the appointment he wanted and is now milking offer for political gain-an OUTRAGE of epic proportion that calls for immediate impeachment and removal of the (black) man in office!!!

-You’ll forgive me if I don’t see it your way, righties. When the guy running the country shoots his buddy in the face and then makes his buddy apologize for getting his face in the way, let me know. Then we can both be outraged together. Until then, kindly sit on a sharp stick and spin…since spinning is a talent you practice every day, I’m sure you’ll do a bang up job at it.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | June 3, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

recreate?...common WAPO wipe that obama brown off your nose....its called 'INFORM' the people of the obama deals and corruptness...after all obama is about as tranparent as metal.
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i thought the people made the choice on who serves...oh wait..liberals don't vote..they follow the cheese and crackers.

Posted by: JWx2 | June 3, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street wrote, “…what is alleged here not only isn't illegal, but it's politics as usual.”

Assuming that is true, which is a very big assumption, that would mean that everyone who voted for Obama’s promise of the most ethical and transparent administration in history and his “hope and change” mantra got, according to you 37thand0street, “…politics as usual” and more of the same. I know it’s hard to admit when you made a mistake, so don’t, just continue to HOPE that this administration will CHANGE, - someday. That day of change is coming in January 2013! Can’t wait!

Posted by: Roy-Mark | June 3, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

This thing does not pass the smell test. The stories do not match up. FBI get moving

Posted by: farmsnorton | June 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

American Spectator ahead of the criminally biased MSM as usual.

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/06/02/the-coming-resignation-of-bara/1

Posted by: libertyatstake | June 2, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

nOym at 8:45

Why should anyone in the country listen to you?

We don't even know who you are.

The country deserves an Independent Prosecutor to look into this.

You, are the lowest form of life - so please leave the rest of us alone.

Please give everyone else a break.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

New Faux/Fix News fake controversy: BHO drinks whole milk instead of skim milk. Developing...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 2, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I so hope that, sometime before I die, the grown-ups will retake control of the GOP and its messaging. We really could use two adult political parties in this country.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,
Nothing illegal occurred. This isn't a matter of debate, and it isn't a matter of point-of-view. The law is clear: what is alleged here not only isn't illegal, but it's politics as usual.

Sorry. A special prosecutor would only serve the GOP's electoral prospects, not the interests of justice. Can't say that's in the country's best interests, and I'm sure the administration agrees.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.

IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.

ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.

The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

So easy to tell who the faithful swallowers from the right are. Reading their comments is like reading transcripts of Rush's radio comedy show.

Posted by: 2Funny | June 2, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

chicago77 wrote,
"this story has legs.

Sestak admitted publicly on Larry King he waas offered a job in the administration, for dropping out clearing the way for the now defeated Specter."

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This story only has legs as a political talking point. No matter how many laws may have been broken, the wagons have been circled. There's no John Dean in the inner circle. Everyone is going to deny anything illegal or unethical happened. Unless you've got some tapes laying around, like with the Fergie scandal . . .

Posted by: Brigade | June 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

md -- do you have more info on this? If they really do adapt community filters, a lot of these loony winger trolls will be gone for good.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 3:52 PM
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And I'll be surprised if you survive the first purge.

Posted by: Brigade | June 2, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

If we get any kind of elective filtering on here does ANYONE think that 37th or any of the zouk monikers will survive it? Would anyone read that spew by choice?

Hoot and howl all you want about favoritism, fact of the matter is that none of the prominent conservative posters write anything worth anyone's time to read. 37th is brain-damaged from meth, armpeg, leapin and zouk are immature, and zouk has serious emotional problems.

With any elective control over content all these guys are history.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 7:09 PM
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Another intelligent, insightful post from Noacoler. With any elective control over content you'll be talking to yourself all the time instead of just when you're cooking and cranking.

Posted by: Brigade | June 2, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

SherryKay,
If you really believe in the rule of law, you'll find out what the law says in this case:

http://mediamatters.org/research/201006020065

Of course, if the politics are really what matter to you, then you won't follow the link and form an educated opinion.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

So,whatever happened to "The Rule Of Law,"
and our US Constitution under the Kenyan
Dictator and former sleazy ACORN lawyer and
Chicago Community Organizer,His Arrogance
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and the Laws
Against Bribery and things like Impeachment
and Jail for even Undocumented Criminals
hiding in the White House as well? ..Why
is Chicago Crime Boss Barack Hussein Obama
not sitting behind jail bars by now?...

Oh,sorry I forgot that Democrat Speaker
Nancy Pelosi,just also happens to be the
leading California employer of illegal aliens in her family vineyards,resort hotels and restuarants,and Democrat US Senate Majoity Leader Crazy Harry Reid
has a little matter of his son,shady dealings in order to get a fat government
contract and so that must be why Pelosi,
and Reid and the rest of all these dirty
corrupt Democrat Criminals in Congress keep
ignoring calls for Obama's Impeachmnent &
for numberous growing demands for an Independent Counsel Investigation into
the entire Barack Hussein Obama Administration,don't you think?

So,how about the Voters Send Obama,Pelosi,
Reid,Biden,Salazar,Napolitano,Holder and
company a nice big YOUR FIRED MESSAGE on
Election Days 2010 and 2012! These crooked
total corrupt Democrats all belong in jail!

Posted by: sherrykay08 | June 2, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"Anonymous sources", eh?

I'll wait for something a little more substantial.

Posted by: presto668 | June 2, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

After further review, here's where things are.

1) The Sestak "affair" has been utterly debunked as a scandal. Nothing even close to illegality occurred.
2) Now, desperate wingnuts are clinging to an anonymously-sourced claim about another guy.

This is utterly humdrum standard operating procedure when the GOP tries to generate its scandalisms. And it's utterly predictable that 1) media allies and Obama-haters will gleefully try to forward the story and 2) wingnuts will breathlessly and unskeptically latch on to every new tidbit spun by their heroes, no matter how quickly and how thoroughly debunked.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

There's a story here, alright, and it has legs.

That story is about the lengths the "mainstream" media will go to to carry water for the GOP.

In enumerating the points of the story, a sort of important one was forgotten:

1) legal experts agree that this practice, even if it took place, isn't illegal or unusual.

You might also add "conspiracy nuts are having hard time explaining why this is unethical, too".

Hey, georges2, some light reading for you:

http://thesamerowdycrowd.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/the-truth-about-false-equivalence/

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is beginning to resemble Richard Nixon. He is lying and stonewalling, in a hope to make it though the midterms before a full-fledged investigation ensues. After tonight's revelation, the investigations should be starting in the next few weeks.

Posted by: Realist20 | June 2, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"...The story cited anonymous sources alleging that Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, discussed specific jobs with Romanoff. The White House denied it, while Romanoff has repeatedly declined to comment -- including to the Fix yesterday. "We're not commenting on why we're not commenting," said Romanoff spokesman Roy Teicher.

But is that a tenable position?

After all, Sestak declined to talk about his job offer for months after he first disclosed it, and it blew up on him and the White House eventually."


No, it's not a tenable position.

Stonewalling will only make things worse.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 2, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

If we get any kind of elective filtering on here does ANYONE think that 37th or any of the zouk monikers will survive it? Would anyone read that spew by choice?

Hoot and howl all you want about favoritism, fact of the matter is that none of the prominent conservative posters write anything worth anyone's time to read. 37th is brain-damaged from meth, armpeg, leapin and zouk are immature, and zouk has serious emotional problems.

With any elective control over content all these guys are history.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

While the GOP tries to make news out of NOTHING? Really, bsimon1? How many times did I have to listen to you liberals wanting to put every member of the Bush administration in jail? I don't remember being anxious about my security during the Bush administration! Anyway, why am I worrying about this? With this new report, it's quite obvious that Obama and his thugs will be in prison before 2012!!!

Posted by: georges2 | June 2, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, yet another non-news story based on speculation.

If only the Party of No stood for something other than the blind need to resume power in order to finish the job of ruining America.

Ther current president is doing the best he can considering the awful mess left by GW Failure.

What has happened to 'journalism' in America?

Posted by: voultron2 | June 2, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Faux/Fix News: Breaking...BHO wore socks that didn't match a year ago. Developing.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 2, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What a headline - how about some facts. The Post is fast becoming Washington Times/Fox/Drudge/NY Post etc. What a shame.

Posted by: jlr6111 | June 2, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Most Transparent Administration Evah.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

And you are fronting this nonsensical fake controversy because....?

Have your interns do some research and they'll find reports that both Bush One and Ray-Gun attempted to persuade candidates to withdraw from political races by offering them Administration jobs. As the legal community has pointed out, this kind of thing is not even wrong, much less criminal.
__________________

Let Drudge and Fox News peddle this silly junk. Leave it out of the Washington Post.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Where there's smoke, there's usually fire!

Posted by: theaz | June 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Romanoff should have took the job instead of trying to split the party. I don't know why he is so self destructive, but the end of his political career is coming with either a loss in the primary (most likely) or a defeat in the general election. His ego has written a check that our electorate here in Colorado won't care to cash.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | June 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse


This story has legs.

Sestak admitted publicly on Larry King he waas offered a job in the administration, for dropping out clearing the way for the now defeated Specter.

If Romanoff can't even deny that a job was offered for the same reason, there is a need for further investigation.

While it's bad to use use federally funded jobs to influence the outcome of political primaries, it's probably criminal to cover it up.

Posted by: chicago77 | June 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

but his golf game is getting better:
Day 1 – April 20
Explosion in Gulf
DAY 4 – April 23
Hey, let’s go on vacation to Asheville, North Carolina!
Obama squeezes in a round of golf!
DAY 5 – April 24
Let’s go golfing again — at Grove Park Inn GC
DAY 19 – May 8
Obama hits links at Ft Belvoir
===================================
So when an aide suggested Mr. Obama pay attention to the gulf, he mistakenly thought it was 'golf.'
This explanation is slightly more plausible than the Sestak one...

Posted by: mtpeaks | June 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

the list of Libs in jail is too long to make the size limit on this blog.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:34 PM
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You know me, zouk, I have trouble with factual errors. You list a whole bunch of Democrats, none of whom are in jail, and then cap it off by talking about the list of Libs in jail being too long.

What's the deal? Did you forget your point?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

So, if you have a blog with WaPo you don't have to do actual *reporting,* using *facts?*

Well, that's handy, isn't it?

Posted by: jp1954 | June 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

who cares!!

Posted by: liveride | June 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

No matter how many times you spin it, this is not just politics. The federal law is clear, if you offer something of value to influence the outcome of a federal primary it is a crime. Karl Rove or Clinton or anyone else can implore someone to run or not run for any office, it only is criminal if they go (as the Obama Administration did here) beyond advice and pleading to what is legally a bribe. Do this and we will give you this.

Posted by: Childrex | June 2, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The Sestak-Obama link stinks to high heaven. An independent prosecuter or the FBI has to get them under oath and find out the truth. It looks like laws were broken. I am sick of this "its always done this way" excuse. Nothing Obama promised while he was campaigning has been kept to.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Sestak-Obama link stinks to high heaven. An independent prosecuter or the FBI has to get them under oath and find out the truth. It looks like laws were broken. I am sick of this "its always done this way" excuse. Nothing Obama promised while he was campaigning has been kept to.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

What better way to get free face time on TV and inches in the newspaper than to claim something "shady" took place and then say nothing. The always hungry media will pump it through several days of news cycles until a story like the FL GOP guy indicted on six felony counts comes along.

Posted by: ronjeske | June 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The Sestak-Obama link stinks to high heaven. An independent prosecuter or the FBI has to get them under oath and find out the truth. It looks like laws were broken. I am sick of this "its always done this way" excuse. Nothing Obama promised while he was campaigning has been kept to.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

with artificial intelligence, if someone agrees with drindl???


Posted by: leapin


Clearly, if drivl is involved there can be no intelligence associated with the effort. Maybe the old bag finally got a job. Patrolling this blog for free year after year, hour upon hour has finally paid off, probably at minimum wage, if that.

I can see it now - the drivl filter. "Your post is being held by the dingbat for review, it is insufficiently loony at this time."

Ped, DDAWD, Baghdad BJ, Mad MAdge, Loud and Dumb and a host of ranting kooks will come to dominate the blog.

Oh wait. too late. another pointless job for an out of work unskilled leftist to add to the 'jobs saved' roles for berry.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

new community filtering standards.

Posted by: md83


Is that some sort of code for Liberals Only? since this is the Post, only about four or five posters will be excluded. Note it will not be the deranged leftist loons drivl, Ped, Bahgdad BJ and mindless madge who deserve to be excluded.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

md -- do you have more info on this? If they really do adapt community filters, a lot of these loony winger trolls will be gone for good.
Posted by: drindl
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Is a “community filter” software that determines, with artificial intelligence, if someone agrees with drindl???

Posted by: leapin | June 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The Issue that Oblahblah and Komrads need to work to fix besides the OIL spill of which they claim they are in charge of, is to Close the Mexican border not only to Mexican Invaders but to Lybian, Iranian, Yemeny, Somalian and any other Terrorists Invaders... What is it about Homeland and Border Security that Oblah blah and his Czars refuse to comprehend?????

Posted by: redhawk2 | June 2, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Start praying people, this oil spill, if not contained, could signal the end of mankind as we know it.

Posted by: brit89
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I am. Barry is sending in the sharks instead of seeking problem solving expertise from the world.

Posted by: leapin | June 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Colorado... NY State... PA... Might Florida be next where Obama and the Ballerina Rahm via Jammah Cawtah will "induce" Crist to become the New Specter after deposing of REp Meeks... to be used a few times bedfore being Thrown Under the always present Obama Bus????

Posted by: redhawk2 | June 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You people are so silly. This oil spill could potentially destroy all of the oceans in the world since they flow into each other. This could be our Noah. And all you can do is jump up and down like some child with glee because it happened on this President's watch. He is not the CEO of BP, he did not create the spill and I believe deep water drilling was introduced by the Republicians or have you forgotten - DRILL BABY DRILL PALIN. And as far as dirty politics these Democrats need to take some lessons from Tricky Dick Nixon. I would not have told anyone either about an offer for an unpaid position on a Commission that might not exist and probably meet once a year in Arizona in July. Start praying people, this oil spill, if not contained, could signal the end of mankind as we know it.

Posted by: brit89 | June 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

What's a few federal violations as long as it's some POS libturd committing them. Just ask Hillbilly Clinton.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | June 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

md -- do you have more info on this? If they really do adapt community filters, a lot of these loony winger trolls will be gone for good.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the trolls find an article critical of a dem and they're like flies on a dung heap. Same two, nothing new. That should be the little toads' motto. Experts on budgets, election, oil drilling, all rolled in to two old cranks lurking around an info thread more than eight hours a day. The very definition of a loser. If you hate the country and your lives so much go out in the sun and do something about it (unarmed). When I see your troll names I just skip over your post because it's never accurate or close to true. You are just inflammatory little kooks that will soon be troll rated out of sight once the Post adopts their new community filtering standards.

Posted by: md83 | June 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

someone in politics offered a politician a different political job than they were trying to get!

It looks like the Obama WH is playing politics with, um, politicians.

Or the Obama White House is politicizing politics.

Or well-connected people are offering other well-connected people a job typically given to someone well-connected. Outrageous!

Posted by: thingsthatshine | June 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Bush's brain is the Grand Master of dealmaking and Republicans never complained.....

Mar. 26, 2010......after Rep. Ben Gilman found his congressional district eliminated by redistricting in 2002, the White House tried to persuade him from challenging another Republican congressman in another district by considering him for an administration position. Karl Rove repeatedly intervened in Republican primaries. And Tim Pawlenty is not a senator because Rove urged him to run for governor instead.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/03/issas-call-for-a-special-prosecutor-does-it-have-merit/38064/

Posted by: angie12106 | June 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


There's a third job offer to a candidate that was reported also in Sep 2009. A busy month for the White House.

This candidate is none other than Gov. Paterson of NY. Here is a little of the article at that time:

The governor's office has refused to comment since reports Saturday night revealed the Washington-based effort to persuade the governor to drop out of the 2010 race. That would pave the way for the far more popular Andrew Cuomo, the state's first-term attorney general.

Another senior Democratic adviser in New York said those seeking Paterson's withdrawal are suggesting he could land a Washington job in the administration. The adviser spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak for Paterson or the New York congressional delegation.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32933950

See a pattern here in the Obama Administration?

I wonder how many other job offers are out there?

Posted by: janet8 | June 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow-o-wow, in 45 days, Barack Obama has been a human being. I care about the oil spill and helping with the clean-up, not finding a way to attack Barack Obama. Get over him and focus on something real. Don't vote for the guy in 2012, but until then, this is just getting lame.

As to this actual post, Aaron Blake mentions that this story isn't front-page outside of Colorado. Might also mention it isn't front-page within Colorado either.

Posted by: Corey_NY | June 2, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow-o-wow, in 45 days, Barack Obama has been a human being. I care about the oil spill and helping with the clean-up, not finding a way to attack Barack Obama. Get over him and focus on something real. Don't vote for the guy in 2012, but until then, this is just getting lame.

As to this actual post, Aaron Blake mentions that this story isn't front-page outside of Colorado. Might also mention it isn't front-page within Colorado either.

Posted by: Corey_NY | June 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The product of that Ivy education and that great brain and executive experience:

The administration also put some distance between the White House and BP when it decided to push company officials out of daily briefings on the spill response. U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen will now conduct those briefings on his own, without sharing the stage with BP executives.

>>>>>>>>>>>

Perhaps you're right Ped, they should shuffle him back to his spot as a guest lecturer in African community issues. He gives such wonderful prompter.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

its about fn time someone DOES SOMETHING

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Liberal decisiveness:

Under Obama's May 22 executive order establishing the commission, the seven-member panel is to include members “with experience in or representing the scientific, engineering and environmental communities, the oil and gas industry, or any other area” the president deems appropriate.

The commission is tasked with finishing its report within six months, and its recommendations could change the future of oil and gas drilling in the United States.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD @228; I've seen dirtier offers at PTA meetings.

Sestak needed to be a big boy about it; instead he has handed the GOP a stick they will never put down.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 2, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ped in his roundabout way, admits that berry is unqualified to do just about anything useful.

but his golf game is getting better:
Day 1 – April 20
Explosion in Gulf

DAY 4 – April 23
Hey, let’s go on vacation to Asheville, North Carolina!
Obama squeezes in a round of golf!

DAY 5 – April 24
Let’s go golfing again — at Grove Park Inn GC

DAY 19 – May 8
Obama hits links at Ft Belvoir

DAY 22 – May 11
Private (golf?) lunch with Joe Biden
DAY 26 – May 15
Enough of the oil spill stuff… Obama off to golf!
DAY 27 – May 16
Obama golfs (again!) at Fort Belvoir

DAY 33 – May 22
Obama goes golfing again at Andrews Air Force base
DAY 38 – May 27
Obama family heads off for a weekend vacation
DAY 40 – MAY 29
Obama leaving U Chicago after some basketball…

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You need to find some better screeds, zouk, you're paste-posting a lot of plain whiners.

What's President Obama supposed to do, put on a wetsuit? Or were you & Morris thinking of a superhero costume? He's a law professor turned politician, not an oceanic wildcatter, you silly fool.

As for prosecutions, well it's **about bloody time**. I know you think it's just wrong but I just love the sight of suits in 'cuffs and I have a lot of company. One hopes that Cheney's old outfit gets beheaded by this, since the sealing of the well itself was their responsibility.

Going after the executive caste at major corporations is going to raise Obama's popularity. If you doubt, you need to get out.

We now resume our regular program of tape-loop winger junk.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"The story cited anonymous sources alleging that Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, made the offer. "

Anonymous sources. I see. Maybe Romanoff's opponents? Hmm. In other words, no substantiation.

"Romanoff has said nothing publicly about the offer and no one who can verify the offer has gone on the record."

In other words, no story, just a transparent Republican attempt to smear a Democrat.

The embarrassing thing, Mr. Cilizza, is that you call yourself a journalist when you are simply engaging in republican stenography.

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Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 2:03 P
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Gee a partisan hack mad because the media dares criticize a democrat like they would a republican.

Boohoo moonbat.

Posted by: Cryos | June 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

A tour of high exoffice holders in the Democrat party:

Bill clinton - perjured, impeached, cheating, lying scoundrel. now works as knee capper for B hussain.

John Edwards - not my baby, not my girlfriend

Al gore - fraud lining pockets, wife departs after 40 years in disgust

Joe Liebermann - drummed out of party for not mindlessly toeing liberal line

Jimmy Carter - disgraced incompetent boob, served one term, thrown out on his peanut

John Kerry - silly gigilo now thinks he is too smart for us, never amounted to much of anything

the list of Libs in jail is too long to make the size limit on this blog.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"And now the blog can spiral down into idiocy.
Posted by: bumblingberry |"

the blog spiraled into idiocy the moment you arrived hours ago. I see by scrolling that you and 37 have been snorting meth all day as you sit side by side in your matching potty chairs in front of your computer, both posting your sewage frantically every 2 minutes.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Meh, I can't believe the Sestak thing hurt anyone. Probably the biggest victims of the affair are Fix message board regulars who are going to have to put up with the stale wit of conservatives everytime someone anywhere declines to run or drops out of a race.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

How totally intolerable must be al gore for her to walk away from that pile of money? they have enough houses they wouldn't have to see each other ever. I guess just the embarassment of being "attached" to such a lying overweilding know it all must be unsustainable.

Maybe she finally saw him naked.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear about E-Gore? Tipsy couldn’t live the lie of global warming any longer. At least she waited until a time when she could walk away with tens of millions of dollars.

Posted by: leapin | June 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

And now the blog can spiral down into idiocy. the arrival of the dingbat is heralded.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, Conway is now pulling even with Rand Paul in Kentucky.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow - 6 felony counts. The entire R party in Florida is corrupt, Rubio included.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"The story cited anonymous sources alleging that Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, made the offer. "

Anonymous sources. I see. Maybe Romanoff's opponents? Hmm. In other words, no substantiation.

"Romanoff has said nothing publicly about the offer and no one who can verify the offer has gone on the record."

In other words, no story, just a transparent Republican attempt to smear a Democrat.

The embarrassing thing, Mr. Cilizza, is that you call yourself a journalist when you are simply engaging in republican stenography.

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Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

His law license was suspended. As was his bitter half's. something about lying under oath I suppose.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.

2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.

3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.

THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.

We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry

There is certainly something fishy there -


I simply do not understand why someone who went to Harvard Law - who has student loans - would not get a job as a lawyer - at least for a little while.

Instead, Obama scraps together money to buy a used car to drive to Chicago to be a community organizer - in the projects???

This is not the act of someone who cares about the community.


There is something else going on here - was it because Obama was an illegal alien and couldn't produce the papers to get a law firm to hire him? It makes no sense why he couldn't get a job at law firm. With the affirmative action programs, the law firms would have given him multiple offers.

Even if he did it for a few years to get his loans paid down.

There is something really strange about his biography - something doesn't add up.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Portrait of a ditherer:
How Obama handles the oil spill

http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

looks like a lot of golf.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

When the endictment comes down 37th, the performer formerly known as B Hussain Obama will finally produce identification proving that he is not that person.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE:


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.

2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.

3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.

THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.

We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

In hindsight Democrats should be reminded that we are drilling in deep off-shore wells (5,000 feet or more) because berserk environmentalists refuse to let anyone drill into the rocky tundra of ANWR even though over 75% percent of Alaskans support this kind of exploration.

In March the president reversed the ban on offshore drilling exploration claiming that he would “be guided not by political ideology but by scientific evidence.”

“That is why my administration will consider potential areas for development in the mid and South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico while studying and protecting sensitive area’s in the Arctic,” said Obama.

As of today 11 people have died and “scientific evidence” is likely to show more than 9,000 miles of shoreline in ruins, local fishing and the tourism economy devastation and destruction of the regions wildlife.

Reports are even suggesting today the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and perhaps as far as Miami Florida may see oil slicks on their beaches.

Yes reports have yet to prove that drilling in the Arctic could be hazardous. Let’s get cracking on studying those “sensitive” areas Mr. President.

-Oddis

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another gooper exposed as hypocritical and corrupt, but the REALLY salacious material is about dems being offered jobs. Oh, the horror. Too bad the independent counsel law has expired, and if we resurrect it, we need to get through that backlog of politically motivated firing of AGs, lying about WMDs, torture, renditioning, Blackwater murders and price gouging. Later we'll get to silly stuff like this.

Posted by: md83 | June 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Believe it or not, this story is not from The Onion, but AP:

Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The "Avatar" and "Titanic" director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak.

Now if they could find a way to stuff Cameron's ego into the hole, that would stop the oil for sure. But there's no way it would fit. I know: we'll have weird-looking noble savages from outer space stuff the hole full of moonbat sanctimony.

Admittedly there is something highly appropriate about the director of a movie about the Titanic advising the Obamanation Administration.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The guy in the picture is Romanoff. He was a rising star in the CO democratic party and I think they wanted to convince him to wait for the next round of elections and go after a seat in congress or something. He was also looking for a job so I dont' see anything wrong with someone in the white house offering him one.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years.

Meanwhile, the nation watches nervously as the same policies Obama has brought to our nation are failing badly and publicly in Europe.

And the truth begins to dawn on all of us: Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.

America is getting the point that its president doesn’t have a clue.

He doesn’t know how to stop the oil from spilling. He is bereft of ideas about how to create jobs in the aftermath of the recession. He has no idea how to keep the European financial crisis contained. He has no program for repaying the massive debt hole into which he has dug our nation without tax increases he must know will only deepen the pit.

Some presidents have failed because of their stubbornness (Johnson and Bush-43). Others because of their character flaws (Clinton and Nixon). Still others because of their insensitivity to domestic problems (Bush-41). But now we have a president who is failing because he is incompetent. It is Jimmy Carter all over again.

-Morris

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I know that the name of this column is junkie slang, but there's more than one kind of fix in politics, yes?

There's no gate here. The silly season has begun.

Posted by: mattintx | June 2, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

We were told by the administration that the system worked when it had not. We were told that the attackers had no connections to the international jihadist networks when they had many. We were told the high-value interrogation group was operational, and it wasn’t. We were told that 50 minutes was enough to learn everything knowable about a would-be attacker and his al Qaeda connections, a claim that was quickly discarded when he resumed cooperating and the administration wanted to let us know how much additional intelligence he was providing.

So someone had to go. Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano would have been better choices than Blair. But the decision to fire him suggests that the Obama administration has finally recognized that things had to change.

There have been other indications, too. After initially downplaying Faisal Shahzad’s ties to international terrorism, the administration swiftly and decisively corrected itself. Three months after arguing in a letter to Congress that the U.S. government had no choice but to quickly mirandize detained terrorists, Holder said that the administration would work with lawmakers to give interrogators more flexibility in their efforts to obtain intelligence.

-Hayes

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Is that a picture of Romanoff up there at the top of the column? Bennet? Aaron Blake? Who?"

I think we're safe in assuming its not Felicia Sonmez. Must be Blake.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 2, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

More fake outrage from the Right Wing Noise Machine.


*Yawn....
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Posted by: DrainYou | June 2, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Is that a picture of Romanoff up there at the top of the column? Bennet? Aaron Blake? Who?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested Wednesday morning at his Central Florida home amid a widening probe of corruption

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

I thought these days you got a cabinet position for this.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Imagine that, pointing out corruption and lies in the Capone syndicate.

how long can the press stifle this story?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1, I cannot believe that Greer's arrest only imperils Crist. Rubio has already been identified as a big dipper into the state organization's pockets.

The fact that Greer has been arrested first and hates Rubio and the "conservative base" of the party should have them all worried. They were all lining their pockets and upping their lifestyles. I think Greer has plenty of information he could turn over to prosecutors in order to become a cooperative defendent. The first indictments are usually of bookkeepers and administrators who then hand up a wider circle of defendents whose indictments depended on the inside man giving up what he knew.

A lot of people should be looking for cover.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 2, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

While the GOP tries to make news out of nothing, perhaps our pundits ought to look a little deeper into the potential impact of Jim Greer's arrest in Florida. Will this tarnish Crist? What about Rubio?

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 2, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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