Like clockwork, I get in the car for the 6 hour drive from Ithaca to Rhode Island, and news hits the fan.
This time, the revelation that the White House enlisted Bill Clinton to do the dirty work of getting Joe Sestak to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary in exchange for a position on a presidential board.
My first impressions:
- Whatever his prior accomplishments, Sestak is not ready for prime time. He made unequivocal statements that he was offered a job, but now is equivocating and expressing surprise that it’s a big deal. Did he not listen to television or read the papers prior to today? Why didn’t he set the record straight. I just viewed Sestak’s press conference, and it is clear that he viewed the offer as an offer, yet still refuses to see the significance.
- The Obama administration memo supposedly vindicating the administration actually should be Exhibit A in a criminal case, because the White House admits to the offer and that it was for the purpose of convincing Sestak to withdraw.
- How telling (there’s a better word, I just can’t think of it right now) that this White House got Bill Clinton involved.
- How convenient the White House stalled until the Friday before a holiday weekend.
- This White House is Nixonian in its Clintonian ability to parse words.
- There likely was a crime committed here, and Republicans should not let this drop.
- Eric Holder should appoint a special prosecutor, particularly since his former boss and his present boss are subjects of the investigation.
- The “rule of law” is the last thing this administration thinks about.
I’ll have more. For sure.