Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.And they are saying it wasn't SecNav but an unpaid advisor position to do with terrorism.
Well, looks like the left has outmaneuvered the right again using their vastly superior skills at political shenanigans. Here we have a figurehead Chicago machine politician getting together with Bill Clinton to solve a problem. It's like David vs Goliath. All this talk of impeachment is fruitless and counter-productive against such a juggernaut--alternatively, the event should become a rallying cry to flip Congress this fall and provide a power buffer since there will be no formal investigation.
Still, calling in Clinton from the bullpen shows how serious this deal really was. Byron York pointed out that Obama spent only 32 seconds answering Major Garrett's Sestak question yesterday, which is what, about 1/18th of the time he spend on most other questions? They were really being careful.
And for anyone who knows the background on Sestak and how he got to Congress, and who supported him, and why, this can't be a shock. He might have single-handedly saved Hillary's White House run by taking out the vocal Curt Weldon in 2006, who knows.
Sestak will now be asked about this, but whether he has to "answer the question honestly" remains to be seen. Surely they've gamed it out--here's what Huffpo reported last night about how the question first came to be asked, and how the White House initially responded:
"The phone did not ring from the White House until 6:45 am the following morning, which is about 15 hours later," Kane told me on Wednesday. In that call, a White House spokesperson flat out denied that Sestak had been offered a job. Later that day, according to Kane, the White House issued a second, stronger denial.So we get to decide the meaning of the word 'job' now. How fitting for Slick Willie to be in the middle here with his grammatical experience. And Toomey? He must really be scratching his head about now.
SESTAK SPEAKS 5/28/10
And says that yes, Slick Willie called him. So the question needs to be asked of Sestak--why did he lead the voters on with the notion he'd been offered the Sec Navy job to get out when in fact it was just an unpaid advisory position where he could still keep the day job (presumably)? How is that offering a "job"? Sestak was pretty adamant about it being a job.
Will anyone in the media ask the White House why they waited until the day after the first press conference since July to release details they had known about for months? Rhetorical, I realize.
Meanwhile Byron York digs up something else they need to ask Gibbs on Tuesday (so he can say "I don't have anything more on that"). They are insulting the intelligence of the voters.