Show of hands how many believe the “official” WH Sestak explanation?

Posted by: ST on May 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I didn’t think so.

Do they really expect us to believe that they’d send a former President to offer a symbolic non-paying board job to Sestak in exchange for him sitting out the PA Dem primary?

The only thing that surprises me is that Clinton was involved. The fact that Rahmbo asked him to do it confirms my suspicions about who spearheaded the effort. Remember, there are still questions about Rahmbo’s involvement in the whole Blago pay-for-Senate seat drama. Are the puzzle pieces finally being put into place on this Chicago on Potomac Way administration with the American people and – gasp – the MSM?

And isn’t it hilarious how this has all played out? Just like the MA Dems and how their game-playing with the Governor’s right to appoint a Senator to replace one in an emergency situation, the national/PA Dem strategy on the Specter seat has so far failed spectularly – for them and Specter. Specter becomes an official turncoat by flipping sides because he sees the writing on the wall in a potential primary match up against Pat Toomey and thinks he’d be free and clear in a Dem primary and would sail on to victory . The WH pledges him their “full support.” In the middle of all this, Congressman Sestak decides he wants to challenge Specter for that seat. The WH, trying to avoid a potentially nasty primary battle, sends out Bubba to offer an allegedly “non-paying” board position to Sestak. Sestak admits in February that he was offered a position but is mum on what it was and who offered it. The MSM drops the ball on it until after Sestak handily defeated Specter in the primary and now it’s become major news, with both Sestak and the WH resorting to do a statement drop on the Friday before a holiday weekend. No explanation on the lunch Bubba had with Obama yesterday, nor the call made by the WH to Sestak’s brother this week.

This is the “change” Obama promised the American people?

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39 Responses to “Show of hands how many believe the “official” WH Sestak explanation?”


  1. Anthony says:

    The transparency is overwhelming. ;)

  2. Show of hands – how many believe any “official” explanation by the White House? It’s the scientific definition of noise – sound without information.

  3. Revolted, not Disgusted says:

    Clinton was NOT involved in my version of “What really happened.” He was just the guy who could be construed by a stretch of the imagination to be called “the White House” and he agreed to lie his ejaculating way onto this dress.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Oh suuuuuuure I believe the story. I believe every word that comes off Duh-1’s lips TelePrompter. ;)

    Seriously, this story has so many holes in it that it’s embarassing that they even tried to float it.

    First, Sestak said someone at the White House offered him a job to stay out of the primary. Last time I looked, Clinton hasn’t been part of the government since January 20, 2001. So even if Clinton was the bagman, the trail still leads back to Obama.

    And oh yes, a “job” implies a salary, doesn’t it? Which leaves out the non-paying kind of bauble. Hell, that’s the sort of sop they normally hand out for giving a $50K donation to the campaign.

    Think about it. Did the administration they really think Sestak would give up a decent chance to go after a Senate seat, with all the accompanying prestige and power, in exchange for a few months tenure at a non-paying White House Advisory Commission on Military Underwear Procurement or some other such nonsense? I don’t think even Obama is that stupid. After all, Chicago politicians know how to make realistic bribes, and that ain’t one.

    My guess is it went down this way: someone in the White House did offer Sestak a significant position in exchange for giving Benedict Arlen a pass in the primary. Sestak decided to use it to show the PA Democrats that “the man” was trying to keep them from voting for the “real Democrat” in the race, and it worked. He expected that once the primary was over, the whole issue would go away. Except he didn’t consider that there’s a felony involved, so now he’s stuck trying to talk his way out of it.

    Either Sestak is lying, or the White House is lying, or both.

  5. your mama says:

    What a load of (you know what).Surely they don’t think we believe this fairy tale.

  6. Marilyn says:

    Yep. Sure thing. I believe it. They wouldn’t lie about something so serious. No way. They promised to be the most ethical administration ever. Oh wait a minute. Maybe that was the Clintons who promised that. Oh…Clinton is involved…of COURSE it’s true. /:)

    I’ve got a bridge I don’t need anymore if anyone wants to buy it.

  7. Carlos says:

    This is the Obama administration’s way of asking if anyone is interested in buying oceanfront property – in Vegas! And I’m real sure Dingy would be more than happy to handle the transaction for any interested suckers buyers.

  8. Old Goat says:

    I think that Sestack looked at the Obama administration and looked at having a job with the Senate, and saw that one would have a longer tenure to it and chose that one.

  9. proof says:

    As has been pointed out in other places, if this whole thing was honest and above board, why did it take the White House three months to come up with a plausible explanation. And if it were entirely above board, why the insistence that Obama knew nothing about it?

  10. PE says:

    If Sestak is telling the truth now, does that mean he lied when he said he was offered a job to stay out of the PA primary?? If that’s the case, then this is a drum that needs to be pounded loud and long, macaque style. We don’t need no more stinking liars in government.

  11. Old Goat says:

    Of course this WH wouldn’t lie. Even though it took them months to respond to this, and the story seems full of holes, we have to remember that this is the most honest and transparent administration that we have ever had. This President has told us so, and its not like he ever has been caught in a lie. Right?

    Seriously though, when they break out the “everyone does it” comments you know they have a big problem brewing with this.

  12. Paul says:

    Politics as usual. Obama is no different from any other politician. His actions have found him out !!

  13. Joseph Brown says:

    I believe this as much as I believe Nikki Haley Had an affair with Will Folks.
    He supposedly did it(told it) for Andre Bauer. Andre can’t drive the speed limit, nor can he fly an airplane!
    Well, he does a pretty good job once it’s in the air. But the trick is getting it actually in the air.

  14. Dana says:

    Here’s the link to the official White House statement.

    If we assume that Mr Bauer is telling us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, why did this take so long? Representative Sestak made his allegation last February, in the middle of his primary campaign against Senator Specter. The issue blew up again a week ago.

    The memo has some weaknesses: just because the position of Secretary of the Navy was speculated upon in public does not mean it was the only position which could have been offered or hinted at, nor that the existence of a confirmed Secretary of the Navy was an insurmountable obstacle.

    The memo states that uncompensated advisory board positions were suggested, positions which would have allowed Mr Sestak to continue to hold his seat in the House of Representatives, that such positions were floated to Mr Sestak indirectly, via former President Clinton, and that such were completely legal. But there is no explicit statement that Mr Sestak was never offered any other positions, either directly or indirectly.

    I wonder why. That would have been a very simple statement to add, one which would have closed the door. I’m not a lawyer, but it didn’t take me long to notice that it wasn’t there; why didn’t Mr Bauer (or his staff), who took an entire week to put together a one-page memo, think of it or include it?

  15. Tex says:

    Well, I’m sure in their minds they believe that if they did something that was wrong then its wasn’t wrong. Its just how Liberals operate.

  16. Karrie says:

    I live in Illinois, (NOT IN CHICAGO though) and this is just sadly normal for Chicago politicians. They don’t think anything they do is wrong, just a means to an end. That’s why Blago is still proclaiming his innocence – this is how things are done in Chicago and no one thinks anything of it. Just sickening.

  17. Lorica says:

    MOST Ethical adminstration EVAH!!! Ohhh wait that was the last Democratic clown to take the presidency. Well from the looks of things it ain’t any better than the last group of Democrat jackasses. – Lorica

  18. IKIDYOUNOT says:

    I might have been born at night, but not last night! Nothing about their story rings true.

  19. sharky says:

    This administration is absolutely the most transparent ever- transparently corrupt. Obama is physically incapable of telling the truth, from his nationality to his religion to his political ideology, we have yet to hear the truth from this buffoon. If the “smears” were ever untrue, I’d be the first to want to stop them but all evidence points to Obama being a Kenyan Muslim Communist.

  20. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Either Sestak is lying, or the White House is lying, or both.

    My best guess is that Sestak is the one whose nose has grown the most. If nothing else, the Messiah has perfected the art of fracturing the law without leaving any fingerprints.

    BTW: how come I have not seen the state-run media running any of its patented isn’t-it-just-awful-how-a-decent-bipartisan-moderate-like-Specter-was-the-victim-of-an-ideological-purge stories? I am shocked – shocked! – at the appearance of a double standard.

  21. Larry Sheldon says:

    A long time ago, in a place far, far away I managed a large computer system (or parts of it for parts of weeks–in those days major assemblies of computers had floor numbers).

    Vendors and programmers would make presentations designed to convince me and others that the proposed change was “transparent”.

    I had to remind them that some years before that I attended a party at a rich girl’s house (in those days you had to be pretty well-to-do to have a swimming pool and large glass walls).

    Another clueless geek did an Obama, walking into a glass panel instead of walking through what he thought was an open door.

    The transparent piece of glass broke where his knee hit it (watdched the whole scenario from the inside) and the top part, guillotine-like slid down and did serious harm to his leg.

    Don”t tell me “transparent” like it was a good, safe thing .

  22. nina says:

    When I heard BJ Billy was involved I started laughing. I knew we will never know the lowdown of what really happened. If we do is bye bye to Zero. Let’s see what happens after they lose the senate and house.

  23. Carlos says:

    Mr. Zero has to conduct business this way because it’s the only way he knows how to conduct business.

    All his adult life (if that’s what you can call his level of maturity) he has taken pains to grease the road which he was traveling to make his life easier.

    After all, he ran for the office, not the job. He may or may not have been qualified for the office. He certainly was not qualified for the job, as his performance in the last 16 months has demonstrated so clearly.

  24. Great White Rat says:

    I am shocked – shocked! – at the appearance of a double standard.

    It’s the norm. Remember, they went after Joe Lieberman because he was only 99% ideologically pure, and the MSM drones found nothing wrong with that purge. When the far left can’t tolerate even a slight diversion from the party line, it shows they’re “principled”, dontcha know.

    After all, he ran for the office, not the job.

    Very true. Obama didn’t want to be president to do the job. He wanted to have helicopter rides from the South Lawn of the White house while people salute him and while bands played “Hail to the Chief” for him. He did it so he could look in the mirror and say “Damn, I’m important!” What he really wanted is to have lackeys cater to his every wish, to chow down on Wagyu beef without paying for it, and to play as much golf as he wants without waiting for a tee time.

    Doing the actual work – no, that wasn’t part of the bargain.

    Obama is the dog who caught the car – and how he has no clue what to do with it.

  25. Tom TB says:

    GWR, that’s what we will see with Alinsky followers now that they are in positions of power. There is no final chapter that addresses the radical about what to do when they become the establishment!

  26. Carlos says:

    Even back in my mindless younger rebel days I was curious to know exactly what it was that TomTB pointed out: What is to happen once socialists/fascists are in a position to actually get something done?

    It has been obvious that socialism/fascism has failed every time it has been tried. I suspect it/they keep being tried because the leaders of such movements are such egomaniacs they believe, truly to-the-core believe, that the reason socialism/fascism has always failed is because it/they were never led by the right pure and simple people.

    And our present glorious leader is simply the next in line to fail because of such arrogance.

    What a difference between him and our Founding Fathers, who knew the foibles of man and tried desperately to compensate them with rule of law that held those foibles in check.

  27. Zippy says:

    @ Carlos ~ Our Founding Fathers also understood the relationship between them and God and the respect of God and humanity. This arrogant punk bully believes in himself and nothing more. He wants to set the record straight, as he sees it, no matter what the cost, no matter what the damage. Punks like him only believe in the power of themselves and nothing beyond that.

  28. Great White Rat says:

    What is to happen once socialists/fascists are in a position to actually get something done?

    Carlos, Tom – that’s the fallacy. They do not run for office because they want to get things done. They run because they want the power and the perks, both for themselves and for their loyal lickspittles.

    The reason you and I think socialism has failed every time it’s been tried is because we judge success by whether freedom thrives, by whether the economy flourishes, by whether the general standard of living for all Americans improves. They judge success or failure by how much power and wealth they and their friends accumulate. By their standards, socialism has never failed, anywhere.

    Recall – as bad as conditions have become in America, Duh-1 gave his presidency a solid B+. I suppose if he’d been able to take over a few more industries he’d have given himself an A.

  29. Carlos says:

    Yeah, GWR, I suppose if unemployment had reached 10% and we had trillion dollar debts as far as the eye could see, he might have seen reality and said that his policies had failed.

    But the reality for him is that he was saddled with a failing economy and, despite his “best” efforts to get it back on track (by taking over failed businesses, health care and trying to impose AGW standards on his countrymen), he sees his efforts as heroic and that he himself is the last great hope to salvage this country from the ravages of capitalism.

    A legend in his own mind.

  30. Why is it everyone seems to be looking with such a narrow focus on this, and avoiding looking at another part that is just as significant?

    That being, just what in the hell did Obama promise Specter, that he would be willing to go to this extent to be able to deliver? It’s pretty obvious to me he promised him his full support in exchange for Specter’s vote on the Health Care Reform Bill, which Specter could have easily derailed, and probably threatened to derail. Specter’s deal with Obama is the main reason that thing passed.

    Specter could have been that one filibuster that kept the thing from coming to a vote in the Senate. He probably wanted to vote for the thing anyway, but the most important thing was, he wanted to save his Senate career, so he might well be the one who actually initiated the deal with Obama.

    After all the railing against Nelson, and Landrieu’s “Louisiana Purchase, I can’t figure out why more people aren’t on this Specter thing. All they are seeing is him switching parties to avoid a Republican primary, which he knew if he derailed HCR he might still lose, and if he voted for it he would definitely lose.

    If I’m right, I don’t know whether that kind of political bargaining is illegal or not but it damn sure ought to be.

  31. Jo says:

    No one will probably come back to read this but I’d like to see a show of hands as to how many actually think something will be done about this obvious bribery??? Hmmmmmmm?????? They are in power and they will stop at nothing to keep it.

  32. Carlos says:

    How can you say Specter was obviously bribed, Patrick? Remember, the was the manchild who switched from being a donkey to being a “Republican” so he could get elected the first time, then, years later, switched back from being a RINO to being the jackass he really has been all along.

    With a person of such glowing, rock-solid ethical fiber, no bribe is necessary because everyone knows he’ll take the path of highest personal profit.

    OK, maybe he was offered something, but it couldn’t be a bribe because bribes are illegal and jackasses by definition can’t do anything illegal. Otherwise, several prominent ones would be in prison right now, including Dodd, Feinstein and Rangel. Not to mention such a paragon of civic virtue as Geithner, who couldn’t stand the thought of paying taxes until he was to become the head of the department that collects such taxes, and that was while he was a high-level flunky in the same department!

    No, public “servant” Democrats cannot commit crimes, they can only “misspeak,” “accidently omit,” etc.

  33. Carlos-

    You might have a point. Like I said, Specter probably would have preferred to vote for the bill. But you almost know he had conversations with somebody from the Administration about changing over before he actually did it, and you can easily assume the Health Care bill would have been one of the topics of discussion.

    It would surely not be beyond Specter to “imply” that he could do his part to make sure the bill passed, or he could very easily make sure it never come to a vote.

    That’s what makes these hugely complicated bills so attractive to legislators. There are so many ins and outs in such byzantine bills, one part can be seen as valid reason to oppose it, but then again, if the right deal is struck, they can always find another aspect of the bill that will enable them to present it as “not a perfect bill, but a good one on balance and a good first step”, yada yada yada.

  34. Carlos says:

    Yeah, that’s almost like saying “I’m against abortion,” then turning around and forcing your daughter to have one because her pregnancy is so embarrassing!

    Frenchy Kerry still had the best line ever about similar situations: “I was for it before I was against it.”

    And because everything in a liberal’s life is relative, there’s no inconsistency in their own lives.

  35. Dana says:

    Arlen Specter knew long before the health care bill that he would lose the Republican senatorial primary to Pat Toomey; he lost that race the day he voted for the Porkulus Plan.

    I’m proud to say that I voted for Pat Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary, and Jim Clymer, the Constitution Party candidate, in the 2004 general election. Senator Specter proved the wisdom of my votes many times over.