One would think that the President of the United States would have enough respect for the people who put him in office to offer an explanation that was remotely believable.
The White House released an explanation of the Job offer. The claim is that Rahm Emanuel sent Bill Clinton to meet with Congressmen Sestak to offer an unpaid advisory position which he would hold along with his congressional job if he were to give up his quest for the Democratic nomination.
The letter issued by the White House Attorney Robert Bauer (embedded below) says in part:
"We found that, as the Congressman has publicly and accurately stated, options for Executive Branch service were raised with him. Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified. The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the Administration, would have been uncompensated."Come on, do they really mean to tell us that it took the best and brightest in America ten weeks to come up with that??
"White House staff did not discuss these options with Congressman Sestak. The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board. Congressman Sestak Declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy."
Whatever you think of him politically, Rahm Emanuel is a smart guy; the White House wants you all to believe that Emanuel truly believed he could talk Sestak out of running for the Senate by offering an unpaid advisory position, which he would hold on top of his regular job, being a Congressman? “Hey Joe, I know you want a promotion, but we have something better for you, quit the race and we will let you get a second job. And guess what? Your second job would have no power and you don’t get paid!” For this explanation to be true, we would have to believe that Emanuel is a political moron or that Emanuel thinks that Sestak is the most gullible man alive.
One look at the original Joe Sestak's interview in February, when he made the charge of a job offer convinces one that today's explanation deserves the invocation of the Bull Sh*t button.
KANE: "Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?"
KANE: "Was it secretary of the Navy?"
SESTAK: "No comment"
Later Kane asks again, "Was there a job offered to you by the White House?" to which Sestak nods and replies "yes, someone offered it."
Kane asks "It was big right?" Sestak replies, "Let me 'no comment' on it."
"Was it high-ranking?" Kane asked. Sestak said yes.
In the original claim, Sestak said he was offered a high ranking position by the White House. Today the story is it was a non-paid advisory position offered by a former President. And we are to believe that it took ten weeks to come up with.
If the new official explanation is true, why did the White House need a conversation with Sestak's brother Wednesday to coordinate stories? Why did Sestak play a cat and mouse game with the press for all of these weeks, and why did Sestak wait until the White House issued a written statement before he was willing to explain what happened,
Here are the real facts folks; offering a big or small job for Sestak to drop out, may or may not have been a criminal act. What is clear is that the explanation offered by the White House and Sestak today does not pass the “smell test”
Thirty-six years and one week ago a minor burglary in the Watergate Hotel destroyed the trust we had in our government, and brought down a popular president of the United States. It was not the crime itself that brought down Richard Nixon; it was the subsequent lies and cover-up. Based on the explanation we received today, before this Sestak thing is over we may learn that history does indeed repeat itself.
Along with all of the above, there is one more reason to believe the story told today was fantasy. Last September the Obama administration was charged with offering someone else a job to drop out of a race. His name was Andrew Romanoff, candidate for Senator in Colorado. Andrew Romanoff was Joe Sestak before Joe Sestak. You can read all about the Romanoff charge by clicking here.