Colorado Dem: Actually, the White House offered me three jobs to quit the primary

posted at 9:34 pm on June 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not only does he name names — as the Denver Post originally reported, it was indeed deputy chief of staff Jim Messina who contacted him about dropping out — but he’s actually released Messina’s e-mail from last year describing the jobs they had in mind for him. The one key omission? Any acknowledgment by Romanoff that he himself lied to the Post when initially asked whether anyone had offered him a position.

U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff acknowledged tonight that he discussed three possible jobs with the deputy chief of staff of the Obama administration — all contingent upon a decision by Romanoff not to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

Romanoff said none of the jobs was formally offered, but said the only reason they were discussed with Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina was if Romanoff stayed out of the Senate race.

“Mr. Messina also suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race,” Romanoff wrote in a statement. “He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions. At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request Mr. Messina’s assistance in obtaining one.”

Here’s the full text of Romanoff’s statement, together with the description of the available jobs. Is Messina guilty of a crime for having made this kinda sorta offer, even without any formal “promise”? Let’s see:

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

I think we can get this one to the jury! Seriously, though, I don’t want Messina charged, partly because he was obviously acting at Rahm Emanuel’s behest (no deputy COS would be authorized to bribe a senate candidate on his own initiative, I assume) and partly because I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties. The point of bringing up the statute again and again is simply to remind people that it’s the same sort of unrealistic “good government” aspiration that Captain Hopenchange used to such cynical effect during the campaign and which he’s now happily willing to violate in the most flagrant ways. Remember when he promised to put Congress’s health-care deliberations on C-SPAN? That was pure garbage aimed at idealistic young voters, which he duly abandoned as soon as he was elected save for that “health-care summit” dog-and-pony show earlier this year. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t include this angle in his campaign platform: “We won’t deny primary voters a choice with dirty deals!” sounds like precisely the sort of pap he was pushing at his nomination speech in front of the Temple of Zeus or whatever. Although, to be completely fair, I wonder in hindsight how many lefties really bought it or even cared whether he’d keep his “Change” promises or not. The point was to win an election and that mission was accomplished. Who cares if he’s turned out to be every inch the Chicago politician that he is?

As for the politics of Romanoff putting out this statement, I agree with Ben Smith: This sure looks like a middle finger towards the White House, aimed at casting his primary opponent, Michael Bennet, as the puppet of a very cynical political machine. No wonder Joe Sestak’s suddenly ducking joint appearances with The One.


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drip drip drip

election rigging is serious.

tarpon on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

because I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.

The GOP has a history of offering government jobs to potential candidates if they won’t oppose the party favorite?

Skandia Recluse on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Hope and….what the hell was that other part?

Bishop on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Colorado. Now that’s the kind of politics I like. It’s a real melting pot, unlike other places in America.

Narutoboy on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

The GOP has a history of offering government jobs to potential candidates if they won’t oppose the party favorite?

I have no doubt deals like that have been struck in the past by both parties. What’s odd about the two current cases is that the offerees were willing to admit it.

Allahpundit on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Meanwhile, back at the Legion of Doom……

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 PM

To Jim Messina– meet The Bus.

obladioblada on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I sense a trend. I missed Watergate. I am going to enjoy watching Obama bow out. Heck, Biden would be better. I’d rather have a bumbling fool, than a malicious hater.

TXMomof3 on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM

As Rush said…is there ANY good news out there with this clown and his posse?

lukespapa on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Mara Liasson does not care about this sort of thing.
It’s not news.

Stephen M on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

I’ll ask again: What job was offered to Bart Stupak for his vote on Obamacare?

SouthernGent on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

So when do we officially call Obama a lame duck? Does this set the record?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 2, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I sense a trend. I missed Watergate. I am going to enjoy watching Obama bow out. Heck, Biden would be better. I’d rather have a bumbling fool, than a malicious hater.

TXMomof3 on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Obama will never bow out. Shame lost it’s power to motivate during the Clinton years.

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Allah, you are so like the Senate Republicans. Still trying to play by gentlemen’s rules when the fate of the nation is at stake. You have to prosecute Messina if you expect to get Rahm Jam. What, do you expect him to own up by himself???

Get out of the way Allah.

doufree on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Narutoboy on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Like Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Mass………..?

ThePrez on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Jobgate? Jobaquiddick? We need a new suffix.

Laura Curtis on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I still bet with the MSM and the thouroughly corrupt Holder in place…this goes nowhere. It certainly will have NO impact on the ObamaBots.

AUINSC on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

So is the “well-they-did-it-too” defense going to win the day? Here we are months away from the initial Sestak bomb, and we’re still getting stuff like this, even after the Memorial weekend document bowel evacuation. If your assumption is true, AP, then how on earth is this sticking when nothing else has really taken off?

Weight of Glory on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Like Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Mass………..?

ThePrez on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

A little lower down the map, to the right.

Narutoboy on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I’ll ask again: What job was offered to Bart Stupak for his vote on Obamacare?

SouthernGent on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

White House knob polisher.

Aviator on June 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I’ll ask again: What job was offered to Bart Stupak for his vote on Obamacare?

SouthernGent on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

He sold his soul for something.

TXMomof3 on June 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Andrew Romanoff better watch it: the Thought Police are on the way, and the Memory Hole’s heating up!

HAnthonyWayne on June 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Jobgate? Jobaquiddick? We need a new suffix.

Laura Curtis on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I love this!

TXMomof3 on June 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM

how on earth is this sticking when nothing else has really taken off?

Weight of Glory on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

This is sticking because the White House is working overtime to cover it up.

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

SouthernGent:

Got that right! How does this election rigging fit into Obama/Reid/Pelosi’s vote-buying operation leading up to big votes on unpopular bills?

obladioblada on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Messina’s email creates a paper trail at least as interesting as North’s in the Iran Contra affair. When a WH staffer goes so far as to send the job descriptions, it is more than a proverbial “passing chat in the hall”.

Just think, all this and it’s not even Friday afternoon.

vnjagvet on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I’ll ask again: What job was offered to Bart Stupak for his vote on Obamacare?

SouthernGent on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Not sure. But the Dem candidates in the MI primary in his district are dropping like flies. They even forced a Dem feminist out.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I’ll ask again: What job was offered to Bart Stupak for his vote on Obamacare?

SouthernGent on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Maybe some enterprising ‘reporter’ should go and ask him? I do recall Sestak saying no one had ever asked him about the job offer before? Will someone ask?

lukespapa on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Messina was doing it for the children, so it’s okay.

BobMbx on June 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

…partly because I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.

I don’t think so.
Republicans don’t do this, at least Bush 43 didn’t.
Nor, I’ll wager did Reagan, Bush 41, Ford or even Nixon.
If the Leftist Democrats could have caught Bush doing this or even a hint of him doing this, he would have been toast, so it’s safe to assume they looked…hard.

Jenfidel on June 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Issa should immediately insist on a subpoena to Messina along with a request for all of his emails on the subject of administration positions.

vnjagvet on June 2, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Tell me again about how smart these people are.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Good point, Jen. Waxman would have been right on top of it.

vnjagvet on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM

God! I tell ya what.
This administration is so fricking filthy that it will take 50+ years to unravel all the dirt.

The investigation will the RFK suicide look simple to explain.

TheSitRep on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Obama is a Grade A scumbag.

WisCon on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

At the rate this stuff is piling up, we are going to need an Office of Special Prosecutions — I nominate Gerald Walpin to head up this office.

GnuBreed on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Harvard educated, don’t you know /s

lukespapa on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Meanwhile, back at the Legion of Doom……

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Now that was funny.

cynccook on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I love seeing a perp walk with commies, marxists and liars. I really hope this gets somewhere even if we have to wait until
January.

tim c on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Allahpundit on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

then post some evidence otherwise its unsupported allegations that mean jacks!t. these things get out cause people talk. for reasons such as they dont know they shouldnt say anything or even to impress people w/ how inside they are. point being if its so damn common this wouldnt be the first time we are hearing of it and if a GOP admin ever tried it they would be crucified. the MFM wouldnt rest until it had printed every sordid detail. but you keep preaching your “everybody does it” garbage.

chasdal on June 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Thank you AP for at least remaining sane and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Who cares if he’s turned out to be every inch the Chicago politician that he is?

That would be the 48%.

SlaveDog on June 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Stephen M on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

That’s not exactly what she said…and to be fair, I had the same reaction. She actually really cut his liver out.

Chewy the Lab on June 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM

In one of the few occasions- I agree completely and wholeheartedly with AP on this one.

BKeyser on June 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM

The left got over 40000 more troops in Af-Pak, Gitmo, tribunals, etc.. They will get over this.

rob verdi on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I have no doubt deals like that have been struck in the past by both parties. What’s odd about the two current cases is that the offerees were willing to admit it.

Allahpundit on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

At the rate this stuff is piling up, we are going to need an Office of Special Prosecutions — I nominate Gerald Walpin to head up this office.

GnuBreed on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

+1,000,000,000,000!!!!!
Crickets chirping louder every day……

huskerdiva on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

This administration is so fricking filthy that it will take 50+ years to unravel all the dirt.
TheSitRep on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

And we are only 18+ months into this administration. They must be working overtime at being filthy or the filth was always there. I suspect the latter. This government needs a complete cleansing.

Electrongod on June 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Sestak certainly had more job offers than only some possible advisory panel that would have required him giving up his seat. The White House/Clinton release and Sestak’s “corroboration” leaves room for other offers.

Also, the White House said such offers happened before. Now we know Romanoff was one of the ones they were talking about.

G. Charles on June 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Hope and….what the hell was that other part?

Bishop on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Well, whatever the heck it was, we choretheheck have it!

Change doesn’t always equal sumpin’ positive.

I, however, still have the “Hope” part…I “hope” we wake the ***K up and do the right thing.

Chewy the Lab on June 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

So why no allegations surfacing re: Dubya? Don’t you think a few politicians would want to throw him under the bus once his popularity was in complete freefall?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Allah, you are so like the Senate Republicans. Still trying to play by gentlemen’s rules when the fate of the nation is at stake. You have to prosecute Messina if you expect to get Rahm Jam. What, do you expect him to own up by himself???

Get out of the way Allah.

doufree on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

That up there^^

WordsMatter on June 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM

This is sticking because the White House is working overtime to cover it up.

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Isn’t that what always gets them—the cover up?

VaGal on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Republicans tend to wait until the candidate runs a sh!tty campaign, embarrasses everyone, and loses big time. Only then does the incompetent candidate get a job in the administration, for loyalty or something.

This may be legal, but it’s criminally stupid.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM


“My Administration is committed to
creating an unprecedented level of
openness in government. We will work
together to ensure the public trust and
establish a system of transparency, public
participation, and collaboration. Openness
will strengthen our democracy and
promote efficiency and effectiveness in
government.”

—President Barack Obama, January 21, 2009

…Can you believe the idiots in this country that actually believed this load of Bullsh!t…..

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Obama = Nixon.

tetriskid on June 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.

All the trolls agree!

Joe Caps on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Did I hear correctly that this law was beefed up during the Clinton administration?

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I’m not so sure that fixing primaries in violation of federal law is all that common, or politics as usual.

mbs on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM

How close is the “Deputy” Chief of Staff to Teh Won? That is the question.

Man, the Obama cannot catch a break! I say full gray skull by the end of next week. No time for lyin’ or grecian formula.

Key West Reader on June 2, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Got a good feeling this will sink Sestak.

jukin on June 2, 2010 at 10:13 PM

If this happened 2 years ago, there would be 3 or 4 different House committees investigating it and issuing subpoenas to various Bush administration officials. The media would be wringing its collective hands 24 hours a day about what will happen and whether the President can survive.

Captain Kirock on June 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Obama = Nixon.

tetriskid on June 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Obama isn’t worthy of shining Nixon’s shoes!
Nixon loved this country and was a darn good President (except for the EPA and wage/price controls!)

Obama=makes Carter look like Reagan.

Jenfidel on June 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Job-a-quit-it.

Sloan Morganstern on June 2, 2010 at 10:15 PM

“We won’t deny primary voters a choice with dirty deals!”

As long as the choice doesn’t include any of my opponents.

(Third time trying to post this. Word Press, stop stifling my dissent!)

RINO in Name Only on June 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Telling people what happened is seldom a problem, if you’re telling the truth.

bflat879 on June 2, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Thanks for the nice write-up Allah, including the links an all. Had a busy day and didn’t have time to read the other coverage of this throughout the day.

NYconservative on June 2, 2010 at 10:20 PM

and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

As others have pointed out upthread, it would be nice if the people making this assertion would provide examples of “the other side” doing it. How about just one?

This is a felony. If people continually shrug it off as no big deal, don’t be surprised when other felonies begin to be treated in the same manner.

Missy on June 2, 2010 at 10:20 PM

have no doubt deals like that have been struck in the past by both parties. What’s odd about the two current cases is that the offerees were willing to admit it.

Allahpundit on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Nothing wrong wit talking to one’s self it’s when you answer youself. ;P

thomasaur on June 2, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Thank you AP for at least remaining sane and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I really think it would only be fair for AP and/or those who agree with him to come up with some concrete examples of Republicans “pulling this same crap.”
I refuse to accept the premise that “this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.”
Tu quoque much, AP?

Jenfidel on June 2, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Harvard educated, don’t you know /s

lukespapa on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

They are ruining that schools reputation.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Wasn’t Dennis Kucinich’s wife given a job with Michelle Obama in exchange for a vote? Tip of the iceberg…

indccc on June 2, 2010 at 10:25 PM

I wonder in hindsight how many lefties really bought it or even cared whether he’d keep his “Change” promises or not. The point was to win an election and that mission was accomplished. Who cares if he’s turned out to be every inch the Chicago politician that he is?

This fake Obama wasn’t put out there to get lefties to vote for him, they knew what they were getting.

This message was for Independents. And that is who will be most offended by this corruptocrat.

petunia on June 2, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Thank you AP for at least remaining sane and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

But both sides aren’t in office right now. If our side were in office, there would already be a special prosecutor and FBI interviews conducted looking for a anything remotely resembling a false statement. Plus a grand jury composed of the most stalwart progressive democrats Washington, D.C. could serve up.

SlaveDog on June 2, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Transparency as in a concrete (stone) wall, eh? This administration makes Nixon look like a saint and all Nixon did was cover up something that really had no real importance in the first place. This situation is dramatically different due to the blatant felonious activity. This punk wants respect? The respect one would give a crocodile with it’s endearing smile and ulterior designs on your delicious looking body. You can’t deal with sociopaths and this administration is rotten with them.

LarryG on June 2, 2010 at 10:27 PM

I really think it would only be fair for AP and/or those who agree with him to come up with some concrete examples of Republicans “pulling this same crap.”
I refuse to accept the premise that “this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.”
Tu quoque much, AP?

Jenfidel on June 2, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I too would like to see the evidence.

Part of me, the cynical part, thinks of course they all do it.

Part of me… thinks the Democrats are absolutely the most corrupt humans on the planet, and there is not a Republican who can hold a candle to their corruptness.

Names some names. Don’t smear without evidence.

petunia on June 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM

And Stupak? He didn’t need a job offer. He’s a man of integrity. He was willing to betray his constituents for nothing.

SlaveDog on June 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I think we can get this one to the jury!

Yes.

Seriously, though, I don’t want Messina charged, partly because he was obviously acting at Rahm Emanuel’s behest (no deputy COS would be authorized to bribe a senate candidate on his own initiative, I assume) and partly because I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties. The point of bringing up the statute again and again is simply to remind people that it’s the same sort of unrealistic “good government” aspiration that Captain Hopenchange used to such cynical effect during the campaign and which he’s now happily willing to violate in the most flagrant ways.

(emphasis added)

Couldn’t agree more. And with the rest, as well. Lovely rant. And that middle finger is a harbinger of insults yet to come, as more Dems decide that disassociation from Obama isn’t enough, that their political survival requires open opposition.

novaculus on June 2, 2010 at 10:30 PM

and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Whether the “other side” has done this in the past or not has nothing to do with the fact Obama ran his whole campaign on “Hope and Change”…..”Open and Honest government”….”the days of business as usual are over in Washington”…..

….If Obama had run on the platform of “I am going to do things in DC just like everyone before me”….you would have a point…….

……..he told the country he was going to bring change….
….he was full of sh!t and deserves to be called out on it.

…..now democrats need to put their words into action and show “transparency” and “open and honest government” by appointing a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this “pay for play” corruption from the Obama administration.

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Oh my!

This is getting very interesting.

gophergirl on June 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch……..

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100602/D9G3AVUO0.html

I’m Hoping that BarryO will offer me a job, that is packing up his stuff in a Uhaul tomorrow and dropping him and his crew off in Idaho. Gotta have some Change……..

Sorry Idaho…..

Robert17 on June 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM

+100
I can’t add anything to your post. You summed it up very nicely.

Electrongod on June 2, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Sorry Idaho…..

Robert17 on June 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I am in Idaho and we know how to deal with scum like this.

Electrongod on June 2, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Uecker and I are still here on the FRONT ROW watching this train wreck of an Administration. As an American, it is painful to watch a President fail, however, sometimes failure is a good thing for all involved and Obama is providing America a striking example of ineptitude.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on June 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM

The Chicago Way is gonna get Barry and his puppet master Rahm in big hump of doo doo as the ‘rats jump ship…

phreshone on June 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Did anyone catch on Hannity that Gov. Rendell of PA admitted to speaking to Sestak as well

ConservativePartyNow on June 2, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Thank you AP for at least remaining sane and acknowledging that both sides pull this same crap.

thphilli on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Sorry, the “both sides do it” argument isn’t cutting it.
1. No proof that R’s did it in prior admininstrations.

Jenfidel on June 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Jen has it right; any proof would have surfaced; either during the last administration, or now, in order to blunt the force of the current accusations.

2. Leading dems aren’t even trying to push allegations that Bush/Cheney/Rove did this.

massrighty on June 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM

The timing couldn’t be worse for Blago’s old Chicago pals in the White House. Just as Team Obama tries to bury one job-trading scandal, another one resurfaces.

It’s a useful reminder that Washington didn’t turn Obama into a business-as-usual politician. He was born and bred among the slimiest in their class.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Electrongod on June 2, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Thanks

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Obama & Co (Crime Inc) counts them each as 2 jobs saved AND created. Saves his buddies’ jobs, while creating one for the other guys!

NOW we know what they meant when they said they were saving AND creating millions of jobs all over the country!

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 10:52 PM

I’m sure this really is D.C. business as usual for both parties.

A perfect example of how useless this site has become.

Pathetic. As usual.

Dorvillian on June 2, 2010 at 10:53 PM

The timing couldn’t be worse for Blago’s old Chicago pals in the White House. Just as Team Obama tries to bury one job-trading scandal, another one resurfaces.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Great point…Blago is a nut and will not go down with the ship alone….

………there are a lot of democrats sweating this trial out.

….and there are a lot of independents that will be seeing the corruption of Mr. “Hope and Change’s” administration crushing all those rainbows and unicorns.

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:56 PM

The timing couldn’t be worse for Blago’s old Chicago pals in the White House. Just as Team Obama tries to bury one job-trading scandal, another one resurfaces.

It’s a useful reminder that Washington didn’t turn Obama into a business-as-usual politician. He was born and bred among the slimiest in their class.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM

The Blago trial should help regain congress in November.

I really can’t see how anyone can miss the pattern of corruption with this entire administration!

I think even Democrats are shocked at the level of corruption.

In fact I remember reading Stephanopolus’s book about the Clinton years and how hard it was to face the media after they figured out Clinton had lied to them.

That’s what I think of everytime Gibbs is asked about it. He knows they want him to lie. He knows it is only a matter of time before the truth comes out and he is stuck. If he wasn’t such a part of all this I’d feel sorry for him.

I still feel sorry for the Clintonites who got suckered by him.

petunia on June 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Obama’s gone radioactive! Can you imagine, 5 months away from a mid-term election that could change both the House and Senate from dem to GOP control, and dem candidates are scurrying like rats from being seen standing with Obama. He’s essentially worthless to these people now.

PatMac on June 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Wow you are a braniac. Awesome post. /

I keep forgetting that if one person breaks a law that anyone can. Cool. Thanks. /

CWforFreedom on June 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

I have no doubt deals like that have been struck in the past by both parties. What’s odd about the two current cases is that the offerees were willing to admit it.

Allahpundit on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Which statement are you saying “Yep” to? The first statement, or the second? Or both?

Del Dolemonte on June 2, 2010 at 11:17 PM

KARMA can be a b i t c h !

GarandFan on June 2, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Yep.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

So why no allegations surfacing re: Dubya? Don’t you think a few politicians would want to throw him under the bus once his popularity was in complete freefall?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Yeah, good point. I don’t think this particular garbage is all that common, except maybe in Chicago.

ddrintn on June 2, 2010 at 11:22 PM

He’s essentially worthless to these people now.

PatMac on June 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Clinton was electoral poison to many Dems in 1994, but they didn’t realize to what degree until after the polls closed that night because they were so sure that the House wouldn’t flip for the first time in about 40 years.

Obama has the disadvantage of screwing up so badly that everyone knows his base is dispirited, pissing off the opposition so badly that they’ll be sure to vote, and that a turnover of both chambers happened just four short years ago. That last one is a reminder to them of just how quickly things can change, especially in the House.

The 2010 midterms are a train bearing down on the Dems and they’re trying to get off the tracks while they can, lest they be run over trying to prop up the dead weight that is Obama.

teke184 on June 2, 2010 at 11:23 PM

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