Axelrod: No evidence that Sestak is telling the truth

posted at 9:30 am on May 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The White House attempted to push back against allegations that Barack Obama or his staff attempted to bribe Joe Sestak into withdrawing from the Democratic Senate primary by offering him a job, but they may be creating bigger headaches with their defense. Axelrod tells CNN’s John King that there is “no evidence” that the bribe attempt ever happened, even while he acknowledges that it would have been “a serious breach of the law.” In order to believe that there is “no evidence,” though, one has to discount the repeated direct testimony of Sestak himself (via The Daily Caller):

Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is “no evidence” that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job.

“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

Axelrod acknowledged that if White House officials dangled a job in front of Rep. Joe Sestak’s face to keep him away from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, that would “constitute a serious breach of the law.”

Axelrod also acknowledged that there were “conversations” involving White House officials and Sestak, but said that those had been “looked at” by White House lawyers and “their conclusion was that it was perfect — the conversations were perfectly appropriate.”

Witness testimony does qualify as evidence, however, and Sestak has insisted on multiple occasions that the bribe attempt happened. Either Sestak is lying, or Sestak is telling the truth. If it’s the latter, then someone in the Obama administration committed a felony, and perhaps more than one, by Axelrod’s own admission. If it didn’t happen, then Joe Sestak is lying. In order to defend itself, the White House has been put in the position of having to call its party’s nominee for the US Senate a liar.

A Congressional investigation could settle the matter. Not surprisingly, Democrats don’t seem terribly interested in conducting one, although Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has demanded a probe to discover whether the “most transparent administration in history” tried to illegally manipulate an election. Democrats know that they have no good outcomes from such a probe, but don’t expect such hesitation from Republicans if they take back control of either chamber in the midterms.


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This just in; there’s no evidence that Axelrod would know the truth if it bit him in the a$$.

Back over to you, Chip.

Midas on May 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

One word – SpecialProsecutor!

huckleberryfriend on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

don’t let congress shirk its responsibilities, if the POTUS committed a crime—then Congress needs to look into it.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Just saw this on Drudge. The SOB is going to skip Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day ceremony, and instead go on vacation in ChiTown. FUBAR!

Neuron on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Who Cares! Why do you want this Lyin, Coward of an Affirmative Action Crook to tarnish the hallowed grounds of Arlington by setting foot upon them and makin a TOTUS inspired speech!

This Anti American fool should not be allowed anywhere near the honorable men who died defending this formerly great country!

Let the Clown go to Chitown and sit in Rev. Wrights church or meet up with Farrakan or Bill Ayers.
He is not worthy of the respect that must be shown a CIC at a cemetery on Memorial Day.
Furthermore the phony 1/2 black has forever tarnished the title of First Black President and for real honorable black men and women everywhere I am sorry.
This stain on the country is not worthy of Arlington, the Whitehouse or the 6 x6 foot hut he allows his half brother to exist in!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

So, O.K., Axelrod is laying down the precedent that Navy Admirals lack credibility.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I guess Navy Admirals are like the CIA in that they lie all the time according to San Fran Nan.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Axelrod tells CNN’s John King that there is “no evidence” that the bribe attempt ever happened, even while he acknowledges that it would have been “a serious breach of the law.”

Notice that Axelrod did not say it didn’t happen – just that there is “no evidence” that it happened. Not a denial that an offer was made; also an indirect indictment if the offer happened. Clue to the clueless: the WH is stalling to ensure that there will not be any evidence to the Sestak claim; they will cover it all up. They did not want him – they wanted Specter. Calling Sestak a liar is a-okay with these Chicago-thugs; he’s not a player, since he didn’t take the job. Sestak is trying to play both sides here – I did get such an offer, but I won’t talk (or the Dem machine and Chicago-On-The-Potomac will take me out!) – but it won’t work. He will have to name names and out the administration, or he will kill his reputation and career by accepting the liar label these gangsters are putting on him.

It’s the Chicago (and Alinsky) way. Play with fire, you’re sure to get burned. Sestak is about to be the man who exposes the Obama administration, or he is going up in smoke.

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

Between a building with Anita Dunn, Rahm Emanuel, Bob Bauer, Barack/Barry Obama/Soetoro, the Mrs., the mother-in-law, Cass Sunstein, very frequent stops and calls from Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton, The Chicago Communist Crime Family and Valerie Jarrett, there is just no.way that Axelrod can ever know what is actually being said by whom to whom and when.

They’re all busy chewing away at the same fabric from different territories. Call it a caucaphony of creeps, a caucaphony of moonbats, whichever, but toss in Axelrod and you get a big building full of astroturf.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

What part of VAST white ring conspiracy don’t you get?

;)

Laura in Maryland on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

+100. :)

chemman on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

With all that is going on how can consumer confidence be at 63.3?

Are people freakin nuts?

What the h*ll gives?

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

One key thing here in all the mess. No one has really came out and called him a liar. Just the laywering talk like the “no evidence” BS talk. I understand that he is a Dem, but that only works so far. I mean he is calling out Obama.

Johnnyreb on May 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Yah I can’t see Seestak destroying his career and reputation for something so serious, especially considering the felony implications, not when he didn’t need to while running against a fool like Specter.

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I agree. The guilt and regret of selling yourself out for a bribe from the White House could never be assuaged by the pride of any job, even as the SECNAV. Joe Sestak was getting played—getting bribed, and it appears as if he is telling the truth—I want the rest of the story, the who/when/what/why of the whole thing. Why Joe Sestak?…..

Squid Pro Quo

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Both he and Obama have provided ample, irrefutable evidence that they are habitual liars. Sestak has provided none.

So who do you trust? Hmmmmm?

Rod on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The problem for the Whitehouse is that our President has studiously developed his reputation as a serial LIAR!

exdeadhead on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Axelrod tells CNN’s John King that there is “no evidence” that the bribe attempt ever happened, even while he acknowledges that it would have been “a serious breach of the law.”

Notice that Axelrod did not say it didn’t happen – just that there is “no evidence” that it happened. Not a denial that an offer was made; also an indirect indictment if the offer happened. Clue to the clueless: the WH is stalling to ensure that there will not be any evidence to the Sestak claim; they will cover it all up. They did not want him – they wanted Specter. Calling Sestak a liar is a-okay with these Chicago-thugs…

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Yes, I noticed that, too…

“Notice that Axelrod did not say it didn’t happen – just that there is ‘no evidence’ that it happened. Not a denial that an offer was made; also an indirect indictment if the offer happened.”

No way is Axelrod going to admit to a felony.

Impeachable offense, too.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

This just in; there’s no evidence that Axelrod would know the truth if it bit him in the a$$.

Back over to you, Chip.

Midas on May 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Hahahahahaha!!! Thanks for the laugh – I needed that!

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The SOB is going to skip Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day ceremony, and instead go on vacation in ChiTown. FUBAR!
Neuron on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Obama has the ability to see those men and women who are honored on Memorial Day. According to him, they are in his audiences.

lonestar1 on May 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM

“sir, please place your right hand on the Bible Koran ….”
now…. tell us what you know about…
ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

FIFY

Oopsdaisy on May 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Obama has the ability to see those men and women who are honored on Memorial Day. According to him, they are in his audiences.

lonestar1 on May 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM

yeah, the same ones that make a “great photo op.”

the feet of clay are crumbling

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Yeah, keep calling him a liar Alexrod. That’s the ticket.

Mr. Joe on May 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM

That’s right we believe this administration 100% hog wash.Also breaking Rasmussen Obama approval now at 42% Oh My.

thmcbb on May 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

And the DOW is down over 200 points this morning. How is Bush manipulating the market from down here in Texas?

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I suspect the Amish.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM

American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord has more information and raises some questions about another candidate who may have been offered a sweetener, too. http://spectator.org/archives/2010/05/24/bribe-charge-issa-jobsgate-vid

“No evidence” is weasel lawyer talk to avoid the pointed questions that demand a full investigation…under oath.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Ah yes,
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The classic Hillary Clinton defense.
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“There is no evidence”.
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Not a denial, just, “bet you can’t prove it”
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Remember, “never put it in writing”.
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As Robert Redford said in the movie “The Candidate”.
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F.U.B.O.

esblowfeld on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

So, O.K., Axelrod is laying down the precedent that Navy Admirals lack credibility.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I guess Navy Admirals are like the CIA in that they lie all the time according to San Fran Nan.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Uh-0h, Mullen with his “gays serving openly” pout isn’t looking too credible this morning.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Rod on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Only those in the administration don’t agree with this take. The evidence is overwhelming. btw, whatever happened to Gerald Walpin the AG that exposed Kevin Johnson? It’s been a year since he was fired.

DanMan on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Squid Pro Quo

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

You need to TM that one.

Laura in Maryland on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

It’s obvious, there is “no controlling legal authority”

golfmann on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

No way is Axelrod going to admit to a felony.

Impeachable offense, too.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

+100% Right on the money. Now if Sestak will open up before they can cover their tracks…….

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM

We really need to focus on more important things like the need to have government controlled climate and regimented childhood dietary fiber.

Saltysam on May 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Waterloo

lakeman on May 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM

A lying politician?

Such would have never occurred to me…

microfiction on May 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Lefty Prayer:

“Please God, may the media have the strength to make this go away”

Saltysam on May 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM

LastRick on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I agree.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

No way is Axelrod going to admit to a felony.

Impeachable offense, too.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

+100% Right on the money. Now if Sestak will open up before they can cover their tracks…….

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Axelrod says the allegations, “if correct, would represent a serious breach of the law,” but he doesn’t say they’re not correct, he just does that astroturf musing thing.

Can’t say I blame him but the point is, someone in the Obama Administration offered Sestak something (I tend to believe Sestak much quicker than anyone in the Obama Administration, though all are not who I’d opt to consider well in general) and OF COURSE no one’s going to admit it.

Seems similar to the Blagojovich thing, to be frank here.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Ras at 42%, underwater -20, Dow -200 today, Oil still gushing right at the folks in New Orleans….hmmmm…. time for a vacation, right. Of course…

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

You need to TM that one.

Laura in Maryland on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I’m trying to get Ed or AP to bite on it…. natch, i just get ignored unless I do something baaaad…

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

We really need to focus on more important things like the need to have government controlled climate and regimented childhood dietary fiber.

Saltysam on May 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM

And don’t forget fancy parties! Need to focus on parties in the White House AND back in Chicago! More parties! Oh, and bracelets, gotta’ focus on bracelets. And balls, don’t forget all those balls (golf, basket, you know, balls).

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Could you just see Blagojevich’s attorneys sending a subpoena to Sestak to prove there’s a pattern going on in the WH?????

Rovin on May 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Nothing to see here, move along, folks.

rogersnowden on May 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Waterloo Trafalgar

lakeman on May 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Altered for historical naval reference.

Fallen Sparrow on May 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

David “astroturfer” Axelrod has the cleanest web archive record out there. To prove it, he has the best web site scrubbers working for him to backup his words, or should I say, try and prove what he’s saying is a lie. Now, as a bonus he can get that little get out of jail free card that comes with being a close personal friend of you know who. Executive priviledge can now be obtained for anybody he deems necessary to keep those people off the witness stand.

Only archived screen shots and hidden mic recordings can bring him down now. The stonewalling shall continue.

Americannodash on May 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The obfuscators at the WH are playing plausible deniability games while all evidence of the exchange has been scrutinized under a lawyerly lens. Anything slightly “off” has been scrubbed and washed down the memory hole. The deniers are marching to the same orchestrated script.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Honestly, I think Sestak’s a major league jerk, and an old guard Clinton crony. It’s entirely possible that Axelrod is the more honest of the two.

They may have offered the Sec Nav job to Sestak for many reasons….like Hillary may have recommended him because of his Navy background, or he was a pain in the ass to other Democrats in the House, or who knows?

I think the Navy dodged a huge bullet by not having this pr*ck in charge, and the Obama administration has learned to not play with Clinton Cronies.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I guess Navy Admirals are like the CIA in that they lie all the time according to San Fran Nan.

Chicago / MSM rules: everybody lies when they rat on Dems.

Oh, and I’ll bet we’re just about to find out what it was that got Sestak turfed from the Navy.

drunyan8315 on May 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Honestly, I think Sestak’s a major league jerk, and an old guard Clinton crony. It’s entirely possible that Axelrod is the more honest of the two.

And yes, I do know that’s a remarkable statement. It’s hard to be less honest than David Axelrod, but I believe Joe Sestak likely is so.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Clue to the clueless: the WH is stalling to ensure that there will not be any evidence to the Sestak claim; they will cover it all up

Yes. Typical M.O. for these corruptocrats. Kind of like the birth certificate deal.

Also, can someone please explain to me how a person can be an admiral in the Navy and be such a left-wing lunatic? This joker is a far-lefty on every single issue. For: Cap & Trade, partial-birth abortion, Card Check, getting out of Iraq. Against: Gun ownership rights.

This anti-American jerk-off needs to go down in flames!

mrsmwp on May 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM

It’s entirely possible that Axelrod is the more honest of the two.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM

A great summary of why the trolls are nowhere to be found.

Saltysam on May 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Either Sestak is a racist, a bigot or a nativist.

He has no other choice if he opposes this historical president of color.

How does he prefer himself to be served up?

Flayed, fried or smoked?

The admiral has only one torpedo to use against the entire Administration Fleet.

And if he fires it, it sinks them both.

A Mexican stand-off.

profitsbeard on May 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Maybe someone should move in next door to Axlerod to monitor his daily comings and goings? Write a book about it?

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM
or…conversely….chase him with a sledge hammer, a chain saw and have a big dog that sh*ts on his lawn and digs holes.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I like katy the mean old lady’s use of fire ants myself.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Holy cow. 31 years as a Naval officer and Sestak still doesn’t understand the honor code he learned at the Naval Academy (“I will not lie cheat or still, nor tolerate those who do.”) Why in the world would I vote for him if he’s such a liar?

WarEagle01 on May 25, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Found on thehill.com:

“Someone needs to ask Joe why he didn’t retire as a 3 star admiral. Someone needs to ask Joe why he was demoted and fired and forced into retirement. Someone needs to ask Joe about all the lives and careers of his sailors and officers that he destroyed in his single minded devotion to his own career. Someone needs to ask Joe why his Congressional staff has the highest turnover rate of any in the Congress. Someone needs to ask Joe why he forces his staffers to work 12 to 16 hours a day 7 days a week.

I was a shipmate of Joe’s when he was a junior officer. He was roundly hated by all the enlisted in his division and despised by the officers as a total jerk. I well remember him. As a native Pennsylvanian I hope and pray that my state voters do NOT vote for this turkey.”
BY Mike Crognale on 05/13/2010 at 11:06

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/specters-new-line-of-attack-joe-sestak-hates-assault-weapons.php

Sestak’s slime. The Clinton machine got him elected to kill the Able Danger investigation. Remember that?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Danger

Able Danger was a classified military planning effort led by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). It was created as a result of a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, to develop an information operations campaign plan against transnational terrorism, “specifically al-Qaeda.”[citation needed]
In December 2006, a sixteen-month investigation by the US Senate Intelligence Committee concluded “Able Danger did not identify Mohammed Atta or any other 9/11 hijacker at any time prior to September 11, 2001,” and dismissed other assertions that have fueled 9/11 conspiracy theories. The Senate Judiciary Committee first attempted to investigate the matter for the Senate in September, 2005. The Pentagon “ordered five key witnesses not to testify”, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter. “That looks to me as it may be obstruction of the committee’s activities,” Specter, R-Pennsylvania, said at the start of his committee’s hearing into the unit code-named Able Danger.
[1]

Hey, first Sestak takes out Weldon, now he takes out Specter.

This could become a fun movie script, ya know.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Axelrod must have had time to squash this internally before he would come out publicly and deny it. Someone needs to check all the local state parks for dead bodies…

d1carter on May 25, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Not only is there evidence in Sestack’s testimony, but until Captain Wonderful comes out and specifically denies it, Sestack’s testimony is uncontradicted and from an evidentiary level, beyond reasonable doubt.

tommylotto on May 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Congressman Curt Weldon issued a response to the 9/11 Commission[18] clarifying the mission of Able Danger, expressing concern over the statements made by various members of the 9/11 Commission, and promising to push forward until it is understood why the DoD was unable to pass the information uncovered by Able Danger to the FBI, and why the 9/11 Commission failed to follow up on the information they were given on Able Danger.
The 9/11 Commission has released multiple statements over the past week, each of which has significantly changed – from initially denying ever being briefed to acknowledging being briefed on both operation ABLE DANGER and Mohammed Atta. The information was omitted primarily because they found it to be suspect despite having been briefed on it two times by two different military officers on active duty. Additionally, the 9/11 Commission also received documents from the Department of Defense on ABLE DANGER.[18]
Congressman Weldon reiterated these statements in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 21, 2005.[19]
[edit]Able Danger data destroyed
In his book Countdown to Terror Weldon asserted that an Able Danger chart produced in 1999 identifying 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi had been presented to then-Deputy National Security Advisor Jim Steinberg. Weldon went on to claim that he had personally presented the chart to then-Deputy National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley in 2001, days after the 9/11 attacks.[20]
He later stated that he was no longer sure that Atta’s name appeared on that document.[21]
Congressman Peter Hoekstra, who was then chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, investigated the matter at Weldon’s request, was reported to have cautioned against “hyperventilating” before the completion of a “thorough” probe. Pentagon officials said they were unaware that any Able Danger material named Atta. They declined to comment on the reports as they worked to clarify the matter.[21]
On August 14, 2005, Mike Kelly, a columnist for The (Bergen) Record (New Jersey), described a telephone interview, arranged by the staff of Rep. Curt Weldon, with a man who identified himself as a member of the Able Danger team, but asked that his name not be revealed. In the interview, the man claimed his team had identified Mohamed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers as likely Al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the United States, but were prevented from passing this information on to the FBI by government lawyers. He also claimed he was ignored by the 9/11 Commission’s staff when he approached them on two occasions to explain Able Danger’s work.[22]
On September 15, 2005, Weldon asserted that he had identified an employee who had been ordered to destroy the 2.5 terabytes (TB) of data collected by Able Danger two years before the 9/11 attack.[23]

The Clinton machine set up Sestak to defeat Weldon. Read this again:

“That looks to me as it may be obstruction of the committee’s activities,” Specter, R-Pennsylvania, said at the start of his committee’s hearing into the unit code-named Able Danger.
[1]

And now Sestak is trying to do serious harm to the Obama administration.

I kinda see a pattern here.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Anyone check Fort Marcy Park…..

Caper29 on May 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything. —Bart Simpson

Ampersand on May 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

And now Sestak is trying to do serious harm to the Obama administration.

I kinda see a pattern here.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM

So, you’re suggesting that Sestak is Hillary and Billy Jeff by proxy…..eeeeenteresting!

*popcorn into the microwave*

I see somebody ending up dead out of this deal.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I thought the Dem line on these types of things was “its not the evidence, its the seriousness of the charge”

DRUDGE page today looks like Obama’s nightmare.

petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Barry is quoting Hannibal Smith right now “I love it when a plan comes together”… The plan, turning the USA into a third-world country. And when you listen to Salazar’s and Janet Incompetano’s statements yesterday in LA about the spill talking about making sure they do everything in their power to make sure BP fixes this and cleans it up. The lack of actual federal response in terms of assets indicates that the WH wants this to be a ecological nightmare, so they can shut down all exploration and drilling… they are going for the kill shot on American Exceptionalism before they lose the congress in November…

phreshone on May 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Sestak was an Admiral in the Navy and served for many years. I doubt seriously he is a liar, or prone to making up BS.

This could boil over into a Watergate for Obama because it is a felony offense. Sestak seemed pretty clear early on what was done, and now he is claming up.

This could get “Velly Inaresting”.

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Don’t limit the offer to SECNAV, or the weasels will have a perfect “out” should the investigation go further.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Well, we know the guy’s a major league a**hole, but the pattern makes for some fun speculation. And it brings up the role the Clinton administration played in the months before 9/11, which is a subject that shouldn’t be forgotten, IMHO.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM

You guys…come on, it was looked into. Looked into!

I’m satistfied.

NOT!

Youngs98 on May 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM

The lack of actual federal response in terms of assets indicates that the WH wants this to be a ecological nightmare, so they can shut down all exploration and drilling… they are going for the kill shot on American Exceptionalism before they lose the congress in November…

phreshone on May 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

let’s just hope they shoot like they throw…..

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Wesley Clark is more popular with his former underlings than Joe Sestak. And they call Wesley Clark The Prince of Darkness over at Blackfive.

Just because a guy made a successful military career doesn’t mean crap. Especially if they were Clintonites.

Google Merrill “Tony” McPeak for the USAF version.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

This could boil over into a Watergate for Obama because it is a felony offense. Sestak seemed pretty clear early on what was done, and now he is claming up.

This could get “Velly Inaresting”.

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

you mean a SQUID PRO QUO for Obama….

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Hey, first Sestak takes out Weldon, now he takes out Specter.

This could become a fun movie script, ya know.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 10:43 AM

No kidding……How did this guy make Admiral if he was such a shmuck?

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Well, ObaMao could at least make a token effort to visit Chappaquidick Ted’s gravesite. After all, the “lion of the Senate” did thrust ObaMao into greatness.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:06 AMYou are 110% correct. I could not deal with another crotch grab photo. We were supposed to go this week-end but have settled for the National Cemetary in Baltimore. I don’t think that any amout of soap or bleach would help me after crossing into DC

katy the mean old lady on May 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hillary: “Revenge is best served cold”

faraway on May 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Sestak hit piece here:
http://www.militarycorruption.com/mullen.htm

Yes, likely biased, but still a fun read. And a look at how Clinton holdovers screwed up the Bush Administration via the cozy relationships they had established with long time beltway guys like Rumsfeld.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

No kidding……How did this guy make Admiral if he was such a shmuck?

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM

the military is a socialist ladder. You learn the system, you climb. Sure, you should be competent, but you’re competence is measured in many different ways. Combat competence, administrative competence, job performance, leadership traits, physical fitness as well as the ability to game the system. There are movers and shakers that are truly competent, and there are incompetent movers and shakers that are nincompoops but are successful at gaming it. I don’t know ADM Sestak but I know his type.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Sestak asserts he was offered a job in exchange for not running. The White House denies it. If he was, it constitutes a felony. Subpoena him.

If this were the Bush-Rove White House, and a republican congressman made such an allegation, there would be NOTHING ELSE on the front pages of NY Times and Waxman, Dingell, Pelosi, etc. would have already mentioned “impeachment.”

rrpjr on May 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Hillary: “Revenge is best served cold”

faraway on May 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

“Revenge is a dish that is best served cold.”

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM

When Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), the Navy admiral-turned-congressman, defeated 30-year incumbent Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary Tuesday night, it was the second time in his short political career that he had knocked out a better-known incumbent. Four years earlier, Sestak bested Rep. Curt Weldon, beating the Republican incumbent by nearly 13 points to take the seat representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district in Congress.

In his three years on Capitol Hill, Sestak has offset his 31-year military career with an aggressively liberal voting record, supporting the Democratic House leadership on most votes and endorsing nearly all of the White House’s top priorities. Sestak voted for President Obama’s health care bill, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and the energy bill that included a cap-and-trade mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. He also established himself as pro-choice, with a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, pro-gun control, and pro-labor, sponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/18/joe-sestak-from-navy-admiral-to-dragon-slayer/

Sestak also served in the Clinton White House as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

katy the mean old lady on May 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Sorry all. Blind rage messes my spelling and nblock quote functions.

katy the mean old lady on May 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

If this were the Bush-Rove White House, and a republican congressman made such an allegation, there would be NOTHING ELSE on the front pages of NY Times and Waxman, Dingell, Pelosi, etc. would have already mentioned “impeachment.”

rrpjr on May 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

dick morris and sean hannity overtly stated last night that this is an impeachable offense, a felony, and should be pursued as such.

I agree.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Don’t gang bangers use the same defense when arrested?

“It was Diz who shot him” said Petey
“It was Petey who shot him” said Diz

And I love internal investigations…

Odie1941 on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Sestak has something nasty on the Obama White House, but something way bigger on the Clintons. O fcourse they have the scoop on why he isn’t a retired 3-star. Dems – is there anything low enough that they won’t do it?

drunyan8315 on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Let’s have all the convicts in prison ‘conduct an investigation’ into the cases that put them behind bars. Any bets that 100% would find themselves INNOCENT?

GarandFan on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Sestak also served in the Clinton White House as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Seems like the USS Hillary R. Clinton is conducting combat operations against the SS Minnow, er. SS Obama, and she is using the new Mk-1 PA Sestak torpedo.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

They’re Democrats! All they have to do is say “yeah, we offered him a job, not because he was running for Senate but because we thought him the best man for the job.” The New York Times says, “Oh, okay, nevermind.” and we all move on to the next outrage.

Jim-Rose on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Sestak has something nasty on the Obama White House, but something way bigger on the Clintons. O fcourse they have the scoop on why he isn’t a retired 3-star. Dems – is there anything low enough that they won’t do it?

drunyan8315 on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

*I can hear Hillary sharpening her claws out in Timbuktu*

**yikes**

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Morris and Hannity need to look into Sestak’s past before they hyperventilate over his accusations. Hey, I don’t like Obama or Axelrod AT ALL, but I really do believe that Sestak is a worse person than either of them.

And yeah, that’s quite an “accomplishment.”

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM

WOW. The more I see about Sestak and his character as an Officer, I am beginning to wonder whether or not he is a liar. Eather way, this whole affair hurts the dems in the end. The voters learn more about Sestak, and the voters learn more about Obama transparency.

What a nest of snakes.

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Morris and Hannity need to look into Sestak’s past before they hyperventilate over his accusations. Hey, I don’t like Obama or Axelrod AT ALL, but I really do believe that Sestak is a worse person than either of them.

And yeah, that’s quite an “accomplishment.”

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM

doesn’t matter who the “worse person” is, all that matters is what the truth is. They’re all snakes—however, despite all that, only one party can be lying in this mess? Who is it? If Sestak, he should lose his election. If Obama, he should be impeached.

Truth–it knows we’re all worse people.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Oh yes, it’s red on red action, for sure. It will hurt the Obama administration, and it will (please, please, please) lose the election for Sestak.

Conservatives can help Sestak lose by using this dustup to get the word out about what a POS he is. It’s an opportunity they shouldn’t pass up in their eagerness to attack the Obama administration.

The last thing we need to see is conservatives making Sestak into some kind of great, honest guy.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Would you buy a used car from this man?

mojo on May 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

The last thing we need to see is conservatives making Sestak into some kind of great, honest guy.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

i get your point, but, we don’t have to build him up into being a “great honest guy” in this case….If he was offered a job, by the POTUS, as he says—then that is a felony, it requires no building beyond that. If he’s a scumbag outside that scenario, then he has to deal with that himself.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Seems similar to the Blagojovich thing, to be frank here.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

The first thing I thought also, only in reverse.

MNHawk on May 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Nixonian non denial denial.

’nuff said?

Shivas Irons on May 25, 2010 at 11:43 AM

“LET ME BE CLEAR”

We destoyed every piece of evidence that would prove Sestak was telling the truth. And I did not have s## with that woman.

The Chicago Way:):)

concernedsenior on May 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM

but don’t expect such hesitation from Republicans if they take back control of either chamber in the midterms

Problem is, I DO expect the hesitation, or a downright “it’s old news, move on, fugget about it.”

Am I alone in thinking this?

BTW, I certainly hope I’m wrong.

Marybeth on May 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Why isn’t anyone asking for a special prosecutor to investigate these allegations?
Rod Blagojevich resigned in disgrace and faces serious legal jeopardy for offering jobs for favors. It’s the Chicago way.
Also, Nixon’s tape recorder did him in. I have a hunch that Obama’s Blackberry will do the same for him, since every message he’s given and received is retrievable and can be used as evidence.

OxyCon on May 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Also, Nixon’s tape recorder did him in. I have a hunch that Obama’s Blackberry will do the same for him, since every message he’s given and received is retrievable and can be used as evidence.

OxyCon on May 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

maybe nixon just didn’t have a strong enough memory hole that would vacuum any shred of evidence away from any investigation…..

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The issue here is “Who Do You Trust?”. If you look at the track record of the WH, they haven’t earned it, yet. The stimulus bill is a failure, the health care reform brings us new stories of horror, America is more divided now than ever, The New Black Panthers Party, Honduras, Geral Walpin and Dennis Johnson, terrorist threats, etc. etc.

I find it amazing how the American people still put up with this. I know the media is driving the message of the WH, but it’s time to look at the facts.

djaymick on May 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Seriously guys, Sestak’s slime, and deep into the Clinton machine.

He’s not somebody conservatives need to champion, or treat kindly. The focus needs to be on making sure Toomey beats the guy to an electoral pulp in November.

The Clintons are more popular in PA than the Obamites, and Sestak probably sees this as a good way to get PA democrats to support him. He’s every bit as bad as Obama and Axelrod, and possibly worse in that he very well may have been instrumental in serious Clinton admin CYA.

Think USS Cole, think Able Danger, and potentially lots of other stuff.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/18/joe-sestak-from-navy-admiral-to-dragon-slayer/

Sestak also served in the Clinton White House as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council.

funky chicken on May 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM

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In order to believe that there is “no evidence,” though, one has to discount the repeated direct testimony of Sestak himself believe the words of David Axelturf
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Arbalest on May 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM

“No evidence” as in “you got nothin on me copper!” or “oh yeah, prove it!”

Dash on May 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM

“There is no evidence.”

He didn’t say it didn’t happen.

He said there is no evidence it happened.

That is not even a denial.

Wouldn’t it be great if Sestak has evidence? Like a recording… or a clarification email… or maybe a written statement saying thanks but no thanks.

Sestak–the man who has the power to bring down the President. Blackmail for campaign money and support?

No Democrat has clean hands. Ever. Extortion is a way of life.

petunia on May 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I imagine the conversations in the Oval Office are running along the lines of the final scene of the Maltese Falcon right about now.

Someone in the WH is about to be thrown over to the coppers…there’s no other choice.

DrW on May 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

What I get from Axelrod interview is, “Wasn’t me”
His responses are mostly a deflection of guilt from himself.
Impeachment after Novemeber is now a strong possiblity depending how the Obama Admin handles this.
There is s funny thing about possible jail time….everyone tends to want to save themselves from it.

LeeSeneca on May 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM

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