Sestak, the WH, and That "High-Ranking" Job

Everyone is interested in the Sestak controversy (everyone except Time magazine, where they apparently haven’t heard of it) that began in February. And why not?  If he was offered a job in exchange for dropping out of the senate race against Specter, the administration is potentially in big trouble.  Trouble that starts with an “i.”  Interestingly (no, that’s not the “i” word), Larry Kane (the person to whom Sestak revealed the job offer) asks him if the job offered was Secretary of the Navy: 

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday [February 18, 2010]  that the White House offered him a federal job in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic primary.

The disclosure came during an afternoon taping of Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a Sunday news-analysis show on the Comcast Network. Sestak would not elaborate on the circumstances and seemed chagrined after blurting out “yes” to veteran news anchor Kane’s direct question.

“Was it secretary of the Navy?” Kane asked.

“No comment,” Sestak said.

“Was it [the job] high-ranking?” Kane asked. Sestak said yes, but added that he would “never leave” the Senate race for a deal.

A White House spokesman this morning strongly denied an offer had been made to Sestak. Before the spokesman issued the denial, a senior Pennsylvania Democrat said Sestak’s account was met with anger by White House officials yesterday.

After yesterday’s taping, Sestak said he recalled the White House offer coming in July, as he was preparing to formally announce his Senate candidacy in August. He declined to identify who spoke to him or the job under discussion. Sestak also would not say whether the person who approached him worked for the administration or was an intermediary for the offer.

“I’m not going to say who or how and what was offered,” Sestak said in an interview. “I don’t feel it’s appropriate to go beyond what I said,” because the conversation was confidential. (source, you can read Kane’s blog post on the interview, “Sestak Surprised Me With A Bombshell“)

I don’t believe that Sestak is lying, in part because of who he is, but mostly because of who BO is and how his Chicago thugs work.

Remember New York 23?  That congressional race that timid Tea Party candidate Doug Hoffman almost won?  Well, that was a special election (of course), and it was held because the republican who held that seat was offered a job as Secretary of the Army–though he’d never served in any of our armed forces–and scooted off to the Department of Defense (after voting for cap and trade, of course.  Perhaps a thank you to his new boss?).  In doing so, he left the seat wide open for a BO puppet.  They had two wonderful puppets in place, too.  No one in their right mind thought that Scozzafava was anything but (as Michelle Malkin put it) an ACORN-friendly, big labor-backing, tax-and-spend radical in GOP clothing (well, okay, GOP leadership backed her, but they weren’t exactly in their right minds on that one).  Indeed, after a dismal showing in the polls, she dropped out and threw her support behind and endorsement to the democratic nominee who went on to win (narrowly) the special election and dash down to DC to do his master’s bidding.

So tossing Secretary positions around is not unheard of from this administration.  And it’s true that the Secretary of the Navy position wasn’t open, but it’s interesting to note that Ray Mabus, who’d been an adviser during BO’s campaign, is one sneaky guy (he conspired with a priest to secretly tape a conversation with his then-wife and used the questionably-obtained recording to get custody of his children when the two divorced, so he’s BO’s kind of guy) and was rumored to be in the running for Secretary of Education.  Of course, unless Mabus was going to toddle off to some obscure position for BO, it then gets all messy and unrealistic because the education secretary position for which Mabus may have been considered was also already filled by a BO crony, this one a long-time bud from Chicago, Arne Duncan:

Duncan is a member of Obama’s tight-knit circle of Chicago friends.

He was introduced to the group by his childhood friend, John W. Rogers Jr., an Obama adviser and the ex-husband to Desiree Rogers, Obama’s choice for White House social secretary. John Rogers and Duncan both went to the University of Chicago Lab School, and Duncan calls Rogers his best friend and the most influential person in his life other than his parents.

Rogers is now on the Lab School’s board along with Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama and Martin Nesbitt. Duncan’s wife, Karen, is the school’s athletic director.

Rogers introduced Duncan to Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson. Duncan and Robinson have been playing in three-on-three basketball tournaments around the country ever since.

Clearly, this is all speculation and musical cabinet chairs unlikely, but Sestak certainly believes he was offered a specific job and it was “high-ranking.”  There is one position that was open in August of last year when Sestak announced his intention to run for the Senate: the TSA head position.  Why wouldn’t Sestak, an admiral in the Navy, be a good choice for that position?  He’d have a better chance of making it through the confirmation process than Major General Harding or crazy Southers did (and Pistole was only just announced so doesn’t count back in August of last year).

It seems pretty clear that BO has no qualms about putting his cronies in key positions nor about handing out high-ranking jobs to people so they won’t be a problem in congressional races.  Can’t you just see him and Herr Twinkle Toes with a giant chess set moving the players around until just the right combination falls into place?  

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13 thoughts on “Sestak, the WH, and That "High-Ranking" Job

  1. Obama has the ethics of a snake. He and his Chicago thug administration are the most crooked in my lifetime. And that's hard to believe, considering the Clintons were (and are) as crooked as a dogs' hind leg. And Richard Nixon was a piker compared to Obama when it comes to slimy skullduggery. What was Nixon's crime? He stood by his guys after the fact, and tried to make the story go away.

    That was Nixon's crime, and he was disgraced. Obama does that kind of stuff on a daily basis, most likely.

    This one may stick, maybe not.

  2. So true, Fredd, he's snakier and more corrupt than any president ever. Nixon did pretty much screw up, but BO is way way worse. I'm hoping it will stick, no reason it shouldn't. Ooooh, the Clinton angle “broke” on Friday of Memorial Day weekend? Well, then, that little felony should just disappear? Um, no.

  3. Sad for the Obama Admin that Americans still have an appetite for news even on Memorial Day weekend. Correction. ESPECIALLY on Memorial Day weekend with these cowardly thugs at our helm.

  4. Fuzzy,

    We all know that BO and his band of sleezeballs will stop at nothing to get their way, just like the Clintons.

    Has anyone been found dead leaning against a tree in a park lately?

    Lock & Load!!!

    Sons & Daughters of Liberty Unite!!!

  5. Yeah, the penchant for cronyism is strong with Obamster.

    I think that's why Elena Kagan needs to be fought off. I think she'll be a reliable left-wing jerk of course. More importantly, she's a Team Obama charter member, so she'll do her level best to enshrine and protect St. Barry's agenda (specifically ObamaCare) when the inevitable lawsuits and challenges come before the Supreme Court.

  6. New Immigration Laws: Read to the bottom or you will miss the message…

    1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.

    2. All ballots will be in this nation's language..

    3.. All government business will be conducted in our language.

    4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

    5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office

    6 Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.

    7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

    8. If foreigners come here and buy land… options will be restricted. Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

    9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.

    10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted &, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.

    Too strict ?
    The above laws are current immigration laws of MEXICO…. Not Ours! !
    These sound fine to me. NOW, how can we get these laws to be America 's Immigration Laws?

  7. Hey Malcontent,

    The world must think that we are the most ignorant people on God's Green Earth!

    Only in America do we let Presidents from foreign governments declare in front of a joint session of Congress that our laws are unjust!

    Only in America do we allow lunatics like Chavez and Ahmadinejad bad mouth our nation, even if it is on the floor of the UN which we should get the HELL out of and send all of the American hating diplomats packing!

    It is the rest of the damn world that needs America, not the other way around!

    Lock & Load!!!

    Sons & Daughters of Liberty Unite!!!

  8. @ Trestin, alas, yes, they will.

    @ Opus, exactly. Especially on Memorial Day. We honor our nation's dead warriors best by fighting this administration's efforts to “fundamentally transform” the nation that so many fought and died for.

    @ L, they'll stop at nothing, yes, but I suspect that we are more for a match for them.

    @ Kingshamus, hi and welcome! Yeah, great new politics, huh? The only thing new about it is how truly vile and corrupt this bunch are, far more so than any other admin (including Nixon's!). Kagan is a complete nightmare. And thanks for your kind words about Trestin's interview. He's a rock star!

    @ Mal, long time no see, and yep, good point!

    @ L, hear, hear!! How's Born Again American doing? Give him my best wishes 🙂

  9. Fuzzy,

    He's fine! As he said answering my post I got him off his ass and the fire in his belly again!

    Actually he has gotten much more involved with the 9/12 Group over in Cape Coral. They had an essay contest for middle schoolers. Said they had some so so essays, but some that knocked their socks off!

    He should be back to posting any day now. I think I rattled his cage!

    He and Tammie are also hoasting a 5000 Year Leap study group. You can't keep a Good American down!

    Lock & Load!!!

    Sons & Daughters of Liberty Unite!!!

  10. Obama is presiding over the most corrupt presidenial administration in history. This man is worse than all the crooked used car salesmans put together. BO is as shady as a cloudy day with a huge thunderstorm looming overhead. I believe Sestak's first accusation. Now, he's trying to help the White Houe cover this whole thing up. This whole situation is rotten to the core.

  11. @ L, soooo happy to hear it 🙂

    @ Teresa, he's beyond corrupt, isn't he? Hard to believe he dares wag his pointy little finger at Afghanistan when he presides over the most corrupt administration in U. S. history.

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