The Oily Obama Scandals Gusher – Sestak, Clinton, and Obstruction Of Justice

It’s a gusher. The Oily Obama Sestak story exploded today. As we predicted yesterday, the slimy Obama White House released it’s stonewall cover-up report on a Friday before a major holiday. But that strategy won’t work. The cover-up won’t cover up. A potential felony has been committed. A potential impeachment is on the way. The Obama Chicago Corruption Circus tent will soon fold. A Special Prosecutor is desperately needed by the American people to cut off the corrupt Chicago tentacles.

Now Bill Clinton is involved in the slimy Obama potential felony. The White House puts Bill Clinton right into the center of this scandal – and it is now an official scandal – and our sympathy for Bill is limited.

Bill Clinton is about to find out that if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton should have from the very start kept away from the Chicago corruption, even if Hillary decided to serve her country as Secretary of State. But keep away from the Chicago Corruption. For whatever reason Bill Clinton “did his duty” and helped out the White House. We have little sympathy for Bill here. Bill Clinton is about to find out that:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

To compound the problem, Bill Clinton met with Barack Obama yesterday. To all appearances this meeting now appears to be a “get the story straight” meeting. It reeks of obstruction of justice. Central player in the drama, Rahm Emanuel, disappeared to Israel, and has not answered questions.

Also yesterday, the White House, according to Roll Call, contacted Sestaks brother. This also gives the appearance of a “get the story straight” obstruction of justice.

“…Sestak said his brother and an unnamed White House official or officials spoke about “what was going to occur.” Sestak declined to identify who made the call for the administration, adding that he has had no direct contact with the White House.

Sestak called Obama a “pretty legitimate person.” He added, “But we’ll find out shortly what they have to say.”

Sestak was tight-lipped about the situation, declining to comment on whether he would agree with the White House’s take on the situation. He pledged to say more — and even to return to Washington for a Capitol Hill news conference over the weekend or early next week — once the White House had made its announcement.”

These White House contacts with potential witnesses to an investigation reek of obstruction of justice. That Bill Clinton met privately with Barack Obama yesterday looks ugly in the extreme. Of course this all does put Bill in the driver’s seat. Eventually Bill Clinton will have to answer questions on this Obama scandal and what he says can destroy the Obama White House and flush out the sewers of corruption gushing from Chicago.

The Obama thug machine spewed a page and a quarter “response” [read the short, flimsy thing HERE] to the potentially felony which has been alleged. It is a stonewall response in every way. There are no details, no dates, no information of any sort – just untrustworthy denials. And as we wrote, this report was issued while one of the central figures, Rahm Emanuel, is in Israel and not willing to answer questions.

Big Media and Big Blog boys are in full defense mode as the Obama White House sinks from it’s own oily corruption. Journalistic poseurs such as Ben Smith write: “With Bill Clinton now in the middle of a Sestak story whose import I’m still having a bit of trouble grasping” and clown “lawyers” who LeftTalk think the story is over. These clods seem not to understand that there is a felony involved.

There is a felony crime alleged here and the person making the allegations is a key material participant. That person is Joe Sestak.

One of the statutes of this potential felony is this one:

“Sec. 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

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. [snip]

1972 – Pub. L. 92-225 struck out “work,” after “position,”, inserted “contract, appointment,” after “compensation,” and “or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit,” after “Act of Congress,”, and substituted “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” for “in any election”.”

This is exactly what material witness, Joe Sestak, alleged on February 18, 2010:

“It was just something I’d been hearing about from a variety of sources. Was it true? I didn’t know , but I decided to pop the question.

During the taping of my Comcast Network Voice of Reason show, which airs Sunday night at 9:30, I asked Congressman Joe Sestak: “Is it true that you were offered a high ranking job in the administration in a bid to get you to drop out of the primary against Arlen Specter?

Sestak looked a little surprised by the question. He said, “Yes.”

I asked him if the job was Navy Secretary. He said, “I can’t comment on that.” In the next few seconds, he admitted that it was a “high up’ job, that it came from the White House, and that he didn’t accept the offering. He proceeded to say that nothing will stop him from completing the race against Specter for the Democratic nomination.

Was I surprised? A little. After all, I was just probing.

Two hours later, I called the White House press office. I played the tape, and asked for a reaction. They never called back. That didn’t surprise me. If it did happen, and if they did try to get Sestak out of the race, how could they deny it?



Someone, or a lot of someones are lying. Sestak must testify under oath before a prosecutor – he’s either a liar, imbecile, or a material witness to a felony. Bill Clinton must testify under oath before a prosecutor. Rahm Emanuel must testify under oath before a prosecutor. Barack Obama must testify under oath before a prosecutor.

A Special Prosecutor is needed to get to the bottom of this scandal. The Gulf of Mexico is drenched in Oil. The District of Columbia is drenched in Corruption.

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257 thoughts on “The Oily Obama Scandals Gusher – Sestak, Clinton, and Obstruction Of Justice

  1. How did McGinnis’s presence become known? Setting up for surveillance (whether for tabloid material or for serious political investigation) should have been, yanno, undercover. That’s how you get good evidence: don’t let people know you’re watching and/or recording them.

    Being so visible, means either McGinnis fouled up — or that he’s generating early publicity for his book. Which doesn’t bode well.

  2. Well, here’s a new development. What I know about these stories is that they never unfold as the early predictions have them. Clinton knows the law.

    Turndown,

    Thank you for making my point so beautifully. If he was up to something slimy or covert, what he’s doing wouldn’t serve that purpose. He’s a brilliant guy who does world class work getting to the truth of situations. If Palin’s personal life were of interest, this would have been handled in a far different way. He made a move to unnerve and see if he could get her to do something erratic. The smart move is to be cool. The situation is what it is. Let it unfold. He’s not going to hurt her daughters. He’s not a bully that goes after kids. He fries much bigger fish than that.

    She’s going to be fine.

  3. Shadowfax, we are not throwing Bill under any bus. But Bill has to answer questions about his matter, fully and truthfully. The meeting with Obama just before the press conference looks ugly. As we also wrote, Bill in a way is in the driver’s seat in this matter. Bill has Obama by the, um, cojones.

  4. admin
    May 28th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    HillaryForTexas posted this video about the gushing oil scandal in the Gulf:

    ——–
    Thanks an excellent vodeo ANY candidate could use to run against the fraud.
    Who knows how much worse things will get by 2012 with HIM in the drivers seat.

  5. I am not throwing Bill under the bus either BUT he needs to speak clearly on this issue….but I do not think he will speak strongly enough to do any damage to BO or Rahm…..

    Bill should have on day 1 supported Sestak for the primary!!!

  6. Well, we all remember the last time Clinton testified under oath. I remember the conservatives thinking it was such a great coup getting his testimony broadcast in full, until they discovered that the longer it went on, the more Americans liked him, and they were calling and screaming to shut the broadcast down NOW, NOW, NOW.

    I’m betting that we’ll learn, based on the story now being told, that there was more than one conversation. This is a very clear echo of the Blago situation and EVERYONE was talking to Blago about what Obama wanted. We’ll see.

  7. So far, watching the Fraud read from notes on the spill, he shown NO emotional response to what he has seen, just reading excuses and mainly covering his ass.

    Many discussion is about economic impact, no sorrow over eco system nor all the aquatic life that is suffering…

    cold as ice……

  8. No matter what, it hurts Hillary….She must have known Bill was approached and I am surprised she did not preclude this type of contact. Nothing good could have come from it.

  9. I guess the most emotion he showed was to not crack any jokes in the spill speech.

    Whadda guy.

  10. Well I know that Bill Clinton met with the American Soccer Team at the White House yesterday when he went to see Obama. He is an honorary chairman of the World Cup team.

  11. admin,

    I have such admiration and respect for your unflinchingly objective coverage of politics and your refusal to place any person above principal.

    You have not shied from critisizing anyone, from HRC to BC, when truth is at stake.

    You, sir-M’am, are a true reporter and a true inspiration. While I adore the Clintons’, they are no more above the law than anyone else. I hope BC is free and clear of this disaster but if not, well, let the chips fall where they may.

    I just hope Squat will finally be held accountable for the myriad crimes he has committed against the country.

  12. Admin- don’t get me wrong, I do admire your posts and all the work you put into them, but I also think in this case that I will wait to hear from the Big Dawg before I get upset with him.

    So far, all the news stations seem to be reporting on a leak from where? The official statement has not come out from the Whitehouse as my post at the bottom of the last thread showed on HuffPuff.

    I am not sure if Bill has the fraud by the coconuts as you think or if the fraud is trying to destroy the Clinton’s reputation further so Hillary won’t run against him.

  13. So what kind of family emergency does Rahm in Israel?

    Tingly legs matthews said that Rahm had family emergency on that “no WH leadership on Gulf crisis” video yesterday

  14. Here’s another spin on what happened…curious as to what you all think:

    The New York Times has just broken a story about the Joe Sestak job controversy that puts the entire story in a new light:

    President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.

    Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no and went on to win last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter.

    The White House did not offer Mr. Sestak a full-time paid position because Mr. Emanuel wanted him to stay in the House rather than risk losing his seat. Among the positions explored by the White House was an appointment to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, which provides independent oversight and advice the president. But White House officials discovered it would not work because Mr. Sestak could not serve on the board while still serving in Congress.

    If this turns out to be what the entire controversy was about, then it’s frankly even less of a deal than I thought it was. It’s not even clear that the type of position discussed would amount to the type of offer that would implicate the statutes that I wrote about yesterday.

    The scenario, if true, does strike me, though, as politically questionable. Why would anyone in the White House have thought that Sestak, who clearly wants to be a Senator would choose instead to remain in Congress and serve on an advisory board ? If they really wanted to give him incentive to change his mind on challenging Specter, it seems to me that there’s a whole lot more that could have been offered.

    Nonethless, this does shed light on the whole story and confirms me initial suspicions that this was nothing more than a faux controversy.

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/report_white_house_used_clinton_to_approach_sestak_about_unpaid_advisory_position

  15. first of all, I, like most people here, love Bill and Hill…that is the given…however, with all the intelligence Bill has and after the low down, purposeful hardball of O and his henchmen to label Bill a racist and to instigate infidelity stories and in addition, the nastiness of the caucuses, etc, how, in the world, could Bill be so naive as to not only trust, but spend his precious time working to assist this WH…he has already done way, way too much…just his endorsement and campaigning was well above the call of duty…and now this…

    Bill has his own very prestigious and respected niche carved out on the world stage…why? or why? must he involve himself with this chicago cabal? is it his ego? is it his need to be part of the action? whatever…this was really stupid and now he is mataphorically down in the dirt when he should be so far above and removed as he deserves and has worked so hard to be…this gives all his enemies free reign to recirculate all Bill’s past problems, etc, etc, etc…

    now we get Bill overlapped with the O slime…Bill connected to the O slime…

    …at the very least, the thing that comes from this is Bill gets tarnished…AND guilt by association with the O admin…WTH is he thinking/doing?

    Bill…stay far away from O…far, far away…bad enough you chime in with half hearted endorsements of his health scam, etc…stay away from him before you get caught up in the Clinton/O karma…

  16. Admin: excellent post. I spoke to an individual whose political insight never ceases to amaze me. She said the same thing you did. She said this issue will not go away and CNN as well as FOX will pursue it. She says the Sestak statement does not wash because if the conversation had been as innocent as he contends then he never would have made a big point of it not once but twice. Also, she notes the meeting between Bill and O’Bummer just before the press conference which raises an inference that they met to reconcile their stories. Bill has no business aiding and abetting a man who is destroying the country even faster than Bush did. She also told me something which I should probably report.

    With things falling apart as they are, the point of no return draws ever closer when Hillary. She must make her move. This development will complicate it for sure. But it does not preclude it. Hillary knew from the get go that this guy was a loser and doubted he would last out the term. Now her assessment is coming true in spades. Even the media, corrupt as it is, can not deny it. The rant by Carvile was a tipping point. No patriot sit still as this fool wrecks the country.

    I reminded her of a time shortly after the election when she communed with the spirits of her native American people and foresaw this kind of a crisis–the waters becoming black. We thought it was symbolism at the time.

    This Oily Obama Crisis is megapolitical. According to my friends husband who is an expert in such matters, Obama should have brought tankers in from the Middle East immediately to deal with the problem. They could have quaranteened the spreading oil slick, the tankers could have taken in the oil polluted water, retained the oil and discharged clean water, and thereby controlled the damage. Carvile alluded to this possibility. Instead, Obama sat on his hands, and hung out with his basketball bros. As a result, the polluted water has dropped down to deep underwater currents and will be carried to Key West and up the Florida beaches on the Atlantic side, and will damage the coral reef and pollute those beaches as well.

    My friend was travelling in the California high up in the mountains near Mt. Shasta. The cell phone coverage was bad. But that is what she said. Also, she now sees Gingrich–whom she hates becoming the Republican nominee. The hell of it is he is the only major political figure today offering any solutions and he is positioning himself very shrewdly. By 2012 Obama will be toxic waste–a failed presidency and that is another reason why Hillary must make her move.

  17. I have confidence Bill did nothing wrong here. He’s not stupid. I agree with Shadowfax that this is a faux controversy – one that’s been very poorly handled by the WH. As if we need more evidence Obama and his gang aren’t up to the job.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/white-house/how-the-sestak-job-offer-becam.html

    BTW, the GOP is hoist on its own petard whenever it calls for a special prosecutor because they demeaned the job in the first place by bringing aboard crotch sniffer Ken Starr. Now the public associates special prosecutors with overzealousness, and will be very reluctant to support one again. Naturally, the Repubs never realized their backing of Starr would come back to bite them in the ass because they were so obsessed with Clinton’s zipper.

  18. I see that HuffPuff has now posted the memo from the White House, and I assume that it is the same pdf the Admin linked above that did not open on my computer.

    I am still going to wait to hear from Bill before I assume he was in on some illegal activity for the Fraud.

  19. Since Bill hasn’t said anything about this and likely won’t, I doubt there was any meeting at the WH to “reconcile their stories.”

    However, Bill has a right to be upset at Obama’s people for bungling this badly.

  20. Admin, spot on as usual.

    PUMAs, Clintonistas, Hillocrats etc. warned Hillary and Bill in no uncertain terms to stay clear of The Fraud and his Chicago cesspool politics.

    It is crystal clear to anyone who has been awake for the past three what is about to thappen: Hillary and Bill Clinton are both about be thrown under the bus by Rahm/Obama/Axelrove. Bill will be made the fall guy for Sestakgate, and once again he will knock Hillary down with him.

    The Clintons can get out of this quickly by doing two things:

    1) Bill must come clean about what he told Sesstak, what Rahm told him to tell Sestak, what Alexrove to Rahm to tell Bill to tell Sestak, and what Obama okayed Axelrove to tell Rahm to tell Bill to tell Sestak.

    2) Hillary must get out of this shady administration shortly before the disastrous midterms.

    The other day on these very pages I wrote that those of us who like the Clintons enough to abhor their association with Obama were only trying to keep them from going down with the Obama ship.

    The day of reckoning is upon us, and I am going to repeat all this at Post-Partisan Examiner. Hillary and Bill: save yourselves!

    Thank you, admin, for telling it like it is and holding our heroes to the standards they set for themselves.

  21. ROSEANNE

    I got this interesting article from Roseann Barr’s web site:

    alternet.org/news/146961/obama_administration_on_the_verge_of_giant_sell-out_to_conservatives_–_how_to_stop_them/

    Obama Administration on the Verge of Giant Sell-Out to Conservatives — How to Stop Them
    =======================

    By George Lakoff

    The Obama Administration’s move to the right is about to give conservatives a victory they could not have anticipated, even under Bush: the privatization of public housing.
    May 21, 2010

    The Obama Administration’s move to the right is about to give conservatives a victory they could not have anticipated, even under Bush. HUD, under Obama, submitted legislation called PETRA to Congress that would result in the privatization of all public housing in America.

    The new owners would charge ten percent above market rates to impoverished tenants, money that would be mostly paid by the US government (you and me, the taxpayers). To maintain the property, the new owners would take out a mortgage for building repair and maintenance (like a home equity loan), with no cap on interest rates.

    With rents set above market rates, the mortgage risk would be attractive to banks. Either they make a huge profit on the mortgages paid for by the government. Or if the government lowers what it will pay for rents, the property goes into foreclosure. The banks get it and can sell it off to developers.

    Sooner or later, the housing budget will be cut back and such foreclosures will happen. The structure of the proposal and the realities of Washington make it a virtual certainty.

    The banks and developers make a fortune, with the taxpayers paying for it. The public loses its public housing property. The impoverished tenants lose their apartments, or have their rents go way up if they are forced into the private

    market. Homelessness increases. Government gets smaller. The banks and developers win. It is a Bank Bonanza! The poor and the public lose.

    And a precedent is set. The government can privatize any public property: Schools, libraries, national parks, federal buildings — just as has begun to happen in California, where the right-wing governor has started to auction off state property and has even suggested selling off the Supreme Court building.

    The rich will get richer, the poor and public get poorer. And the very idea of the public good withers.

    This is central to the conservative dream, in which there is no public good — only private goods. And it is a nightmare for democracy.

    The irony is that it is happening under the Obama administration. Barack Obama, running for office, gave perhaps the best and clearest characterization of what democracy is about. Democracy, he has said, is based on empathy — on citizens caring about and for each other. That is why we have principles like freedom and fairness for everyone. It is why social responsibility is necessary. The monstrous alternative is having a society where no one cares about or for anyone else.

    HUD, under the Obama administration, is about to take a giant step toward that monstrous society.

    Here is a quote from the PETRA bill. It’s intent is to:

    provide the opportunity for public housing agencies and private owners to convert from current forms of rental assistance under a variety of programs to long-term, property-based contracts that will enhance market-based discipline and enable owners to sustain operations and leverage private financing to address immediate and long-term capital needs and implement energy-efficiency improvements.

    Along the way, tenants’ rights will be trampled, since tenants could not longer seek redress from the government through their public officials — because the government would no longer own the buildings.

    Stop PETRA. This is urgent. There is a hearing next Tuesday, May 25, before the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Housing, organized by Rep. Maxine Waters. Phone: 202-225-2201. Fax: 202-225-7854.

  22. Paula
    May 28th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    I have confidence Bill did nothing wrong here. He’s not stupid. I agree with Shadowfax that this is a faux controversy – one that’s been very poorly handled by the WH. As if we need more evidence Obama and his gang aren’t up to the job.

    *********************************************

    Paula and Shadowfax…it is not that Bill did something wrong or not…it is his association with O and this WH…it is him being pulled in and as the headlines are beginning to blare “the WH USED Bill Clinton”

    …it is that by Bill continuing to inject himself by association with this WH he is marginalizing and subjecting himself to less than the ‘President Bill Clinton’ the world has come to love and respect…Bill has his legacy, why must he screw around with a doomed incompetent? and as if Rahm would be trusted by anyone…

    now we have to hear Bill’s name continually connected to O and this story by the MSM…his name should be no where near this scandal…crime or not…

    By associating with this WH, Bill allows himself to be belittled and used…and looks smaller…and more ‘political’…and this after he has prided himself and said so often that he is now free from ‘politics’ (whether that is true or not…that is the image he has tried to create with his Clinton Foundation)

    this WH will throw Bill and Hill under the bus in a second…and never look back…

    …that is the problem…

  23. There’s no way Bill will be made the fall guy for anything that happens. First, he was asked to do this by the WH; it wasn’t his idea. If any heads are made to roll, they’ll be people at the WH, like Rahm.

    We all need to remember, the Clintons ALWAYS end up on their feet.

  24. Bill Clinton is not the one in trouble here. Bill does not have government jobs to dispense. The one is trouble here is Rahm Emanuel. What did Obama know and when did he know it is the next question.

  25. Admin from the top had this:

    These White House contacts with potential witnesses to an investigation reek of obstruction of justice. That Bill Clinton met privately with Barack Obama yesterday looks ugly in the extreme. Of course this all does put Bill in the driver’s seat. Eventually Bill Clinton will have to answer questions on this Obama scandal and what he says can destroy the Obama White House and flush out the sewers of corruption gushing from Chicago.
    &&&&&&&

    So now we know why Bill was willing to get caught up in all this. He must have thought to himself, “This can be fun, if I play my cards well”.

  26. dailycaller.com/2010/05/28/what-obama-has-been-doing-while-the-gulf-coast-dies/

    What Obama has been doing while the Gulf Coast dies
    By Mike Riggs | Published: 05/28/10 at 3:22 PM | Updated: 05/28/10 at 3:42 PM

    Critics have called the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion “Obama’s Katrina,” and argued that the disaster could signal the decline of Obama’s presidency. Their evidence? The president is visiting the affected areas for just a second time*— 38 days after the Deepwater burst into flames. Below you’ll find a parallel of timeline juxtaposing the tragedy in the gulf and the president’s golf games.

    April 22: The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, which had been burning for two days, sinks into the gulf. President Obama, after speaking in New York about the significance of financial regulatory legislation, hosts an Earth Day celebration in the Rose Garden.

    April 23: The U.S. Coastguard pronounces 11 Deepwater workers dead after traveling almost 2,000 miles throughout the gulf in search of their bodies. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to North Carolina for a brief vacation, where they enjoy BBQ.

    April 24: Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry announces that the Deepwater wellhead is spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The president and first lady continue to enjoy their vacation in North Carolina.

    April 26: A remote sub fails to stop the leak. Just four days after the explosion, the spill covers an area the size of Rhode Island. After hosting a ceremony for the New York Yankees, Obama travels to Andrews Air Force Base for a game of golf.

    April 28: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pegs the leak rate at 5,000 barrels a day — up from BP’s claim of 1,000 barrels a day. Obama leaves Iowa and spends the day in Illinois, where he speaks to the owner of a family farm. He then visits a biofuel plant where he picks up mechanical parts and pretends to be interested in them.

    April 29: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declares a state of emergency, as the spill “now covers a 600-square-mile area” and “is about 16 miles off the state’s coast.” Obama delivers remarks in Washington on the importance of cybersecurity. Later in the day, he attends a FEMA meeting about hurricane preparedness.

    May 1: The U.S. military lends BP two C-130 aircraft to release potentially dangerous chemical dispersants over the oil spill. Obama tells jokes at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, including one about killing the Jonas Brothers using CIA drones.

    May 2: Obama makes a quick trip to Louisiana to ”get a firsthand view of the recovery efforts.”

    May 3: Alabama Attorney General Troy King demands that BP stop asking fisherman to sign complicated agreements that would severely limit the amount BP would be forced to compensate them for the loss of their livelihood. Obama hosts dinner for the Business Council, “a group of current or former chief executive officers from a broad range of companies.”

    May 8: BP’s containment dome, thought by many to be one of the environmentally safest solutions, fills with ice and fails to stop the leak. Obama plays golf at Arkansas’s Fort Belvoir.

    May 9: The first tar balls wash up on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama. Obama delivers the commencement address at Virginia’s Hampton University.

    May 12: Under pressure from journalists and government agencies, British Petroleum releases a short video of the wellhead, located one mile beneath the gulf surface. Using independent analysts, NPR determines from the video that at 50,000 barrels a day, the leak rate is 10 times higher than NOAA’s estimate and 50 times higher than BP’s early claim. Obama spends the morning with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. After lunch, Obama retires to the Oval Office with his advisers.

    May 17: While BP attempts to siphon oil into a special tube, scientists warn that the oil is headed for the Gulf Stream, which would carry it around the southern tip of Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean. Obama hosts the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team.

    May 18: Tar balls wash up on the shores of Key West, Fla. Obama tours a factory in Ohio. Later in the day, he meets with Jewish members of the Democratic Caucuses.

    May 21: ABC News reports that in the course of one month, enough oil has spilled to “fill enough gallon milk jugs to stretch more than 11,300 miles. That’s more than the distance from New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back.” Obama hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers at the White House. Also signs a presidential memorandum “outlining the next steps in his vision for cleaner, more efficient vehicles.”

    May 22: Wildlife officials in Louisiana tell the Associated Press that they are considering setting the state’s fragile marshes on fire in an effort to staunch the contaminating effects of the oil. White House officials announce that they are beginning a multi-year renovation project for the north side of the White House. Obama delivers the commencement address at the Military Academy at West Point.

    May 26: BP announced yet another plan for stopping the spill, a maneuver called “Top Kill” that involves pumping mud into the Deepwater wellhead in order to clog it. This same day, officials begin pulling fisherman off the gulf due to toxic oil fumes. Obama hosts the U.S. World Cup soccer team and the Duke men’s basketball team.

    May 28: Obama makes only his second visit to a grief-stricken Louisiana before heading on vacation.

    **********************************************

    Bill, stay away from the doomed incompetent…far, far away…

  27. None of this in any way, shape or form undermines Bill’s work with his foundation.

    He and Hillary won’t be thrown under anyone’s bus. Do we really think they’d let that happen? They’re not helpless pawns. They’re the most amazing political survivors I’ve ever seen.

  28. Consider this – President Clinton might be playing his own version of 11 dimensional chess. HE, moreso than Obumbles, knows the law, and he knows how much involvement constitutes committing a crime. This may develop as him getting Obumbles in MORE trouble while shielding Hillary from any wrongdoing. Who is to say that he and Sestak (a former Hillary supporter) aren’t getting in lock step as this thing unfolds? Who is to say that the plan isn’t really for him to BECOME the Secretary of the Navy, only under President Hillary Clinton? A legal charade in this president’s 1st term leaves the door WIDE open for primary challenges without political consequense, and today we learn that Hillary is the most popular elected official in politics today. I agree with admin that President Clinton must be wary about Obumbles, but I think he is two steps ahead of all of us. Lets see where this goes……

  29. I have an extremely hard time thinking that Bill would stumble and bumble into this Sestak thorniness without an escape plan. If they asked him for “help”, to perhaps act as an intermediary, he must have thought out the angles.

    Bill C. is extremely shrewd and knowledgable in the ways of Washington DC politics and the law.

  30. S
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    S, that timeline is brutal. Thanks for sharing that one.

  31. S
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Did you notice how many times he was ‘hosting’ some team or celebrity and how many times he went for R&R in just over a month? This spill is horrible, but its not the only thing going on in the country. Yet this president ‘rests’ as much as (if not more than) Bush did when he was in office!! Presidentin’ is hard……

  32. S

    ….it is not that Bill did something wrong or not…it is his association with O and this WH…it is him being pulled in and as the headlines are beginning to blare “the WH USED Bill Clinton”

    ——-
    I already addressed this concern on the last thread, it’s not as if I hadn’t thought of it.

    We each have our own feelings of the Clinton’s and how they should proceed…

  33. rgb44hrc
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    S
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    S, that timeline is brutal. Thanks for sharing that one.
    *************************************

    yes, rgb44hrc…and that does not even emphasize some of the more obvious stuff…

    the fancy, smancy State dinner with Beyonce and the boogie down crowd…

    the Boxer fundraiser…in CA…but one was not enough…then O had to go to the infamous oil heirs home . the Gettys, for ANOTHER fundraiser…

    …and all this while Gibbs and the O gang call reporters into the WH to tell them to stop asking so many questions about the oil spill…can you imagine???

    …and heaven knows what else…anything but focus on the oil crisis…the ADS Prez…

    *********************************

    Sestak speaking now…seems to be putting alot on Rahm/WH and Dem Establishment…seems to be protecting Bill

  34. S
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    ———————
    That timeline is obama’s impeachment strategy.

    When I think of what has happened because of his incompetence, I just want to scream.

  35. S

    Not by a tv, please give details…

    Sestak speaking now…seems to be putting alot on Rahm/WH and Dem Establishment…seems to be protecting Bill

  36. JanH

    …When I think of what has happened because of his incompetence, I just want to scream.

    ——–
    I agree and what is worse is that we have more than two years left with this bum, giving him more time to ruin our country before we can kick him out.

  37. shadowfax,

    there are a bunch of reporters around sestak on some steps of congress ? – many of the questions be asked are pulling in Bill Clinton, was it proper, bla, bla..on msnbc they had a split screen with Bill Clinton and Sestak and live reporters…

    …this is what bothers me…like msnbc…instead of rahm and O being featured in this scandal…there is bill’s image all over the place…while all they do is ask about bill…O is not even being mentioned…

    it makes me sick to have Bill anywhere near this…and with the attention taken off O and Rahm…

    Sestak is talking very positively and admiringly about Bill

  38. Shadowfax
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    JanH

    …When I think of what has happened because of his incompetence, I just want to scream.

    ——–
    I agree and what is worse is that we have more than two years left with this bum, giving him more time to ruin our country before we can kick him out.
    **************************************

    we are certainly on the same wavelength…

  39. Does anyone believe Joe Sestak would give up a potential senate seat for the equivalent of a PTA job? Let’s remember that Joe Sestak was essentially running against Barack Obama during the primaries because Obama was backing Specter.

    The White House “response” and the defense that this offer was “unpaid” runs up against the language of the statute we cited. Any “position” or “appointment” is covered under the statute, paid or unpaid.

    To send Bill Clinton to offer a low level appointment to get a nominee for the U.S. Senate to drop out also makes no sense.

    Bill Clinton is not the one in trouble here. The one in trouble is Rahm Emanuel and then the trip up the ladder begins. Above Rahm there is only one more rung in the ladder.

  40. Rep Darrell Issa on cnn now wanting the FBI to investigate…saying that prez clinton would not be able to deliver on a job (as admin said above) so if a crime was committed it would fall on rahm or O…bill would have served as an intermediary…Issa saying the power is with Rahm and O and must be investigated – he wants the FBI investigation…

    Rep Issa is really hot on this…going on about O and his so called ‘higher ethics’ and O’s pledges to be a more ethical admin…but he is just biz as usual

  41. This from Hillary Hater and all around boob Chris Bowers:

    http://www.openleft.com/diary/18891/hillary-clinton-is-now-the-most-popular-politician-in-america-who-has-held-elected-office

    Here is a weekend factoid for you: among all living politicians in the United States who have ever held elected office, Hillary Clinton the most popular.

    That’s right.  Ever since she became Secretary of State, her favorables have soared into the mid-60’s, putting her well clear of any other statewide officeholder in the country.  The only national figures who are viewed as favorably as Clinton are Michelle Obama, Colin Powell, and David Patraeus. However, they have never run for office, which invariably lowers your favorables.

    Hillary Clinton will turn 69 in in the final week of the 2016 campaign, which makes her slightly younger than Ronald Reagan when he first was elected in 1980.  Also, as Secretary of State, a major presidential candidate, a U.S. Senator, and First Lady, she is also probably more credentialed than any other potential Presidential candidate, too.  There is even talk she may become the next Secretary of Defense, further adding to her credentials.

    Some have said that, in choosing Joe Biden as Vice-President, Barack Obama did not pick a successor to lead the Democratic Party.  However, that needs rethinking.  Because Barack obama made her Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton remains remarkably well-positioned to run for President in 2016, even more so than she was in 2008.

  42. admin
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I just watched the news conference and you are correct. President Clinton is completely blameless if what Sestak says is true….

  43. Admin-

    From what I posted above, this article says:

    The White House did not offer Mr. Sestak a full-time paid position because Mr. Emanuel wanted him to stay in the House rather than risk losing his seat. Among the positions explored by the White House was an appointment to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, which provides independent oversight and advice the president. But White House officials discovered it would not work because Mr. Sestak could not serve on the board while still serving in Congress.
    ———-

    To be honest, I don’t know the history of Sestak’s political career, nor do I trust Emanuel nor Baracko…but if this part is true, it could be the reason they wanted to sweeten the deal for Sestak to stay in the House instead of running against Spector in the senate???

  44. I agree Bill did nothing legally wrong. I also think Rahm asked Bill as Sestak was a friend and Hillary supported. Nonetheless, when it involves a “Clinton” even the appearance of impropriety allows the Piranhas to go into and feeding frenzy and non-stop Clinton bashing to follow for weeks if not months. It hurts Hillary because if/when she runs for President, the same bullshit about “controlling Bill” will come up. Both of them have been held in high regard and this was just not a good idea. Bill knows Rahm is a rat and should not have agreed to help-period.

  45. One of the many areas where Hillary would have done the opposite of what Obama has done is she would have supported the Cantwell Amendment to separate depository banks and investment banks. The lack of separation has been the prime vehicle used by the elites to loot the American People. That is why I was so keen about drumming up support for that Amendment, which the Obama Administration defeated last week. But nobody I knew seemed to care. Apathy is a key component of inverted totalitarianism/

    I have a neighbor who makes a market in Birkshire Hathaway stock and has attended every annual meeting over the past 30+ years to hear the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett opine. What most people do not know is that Buffet has a partner who is a Repubican and is one of the smartest men in the country. He has a well known Los Angeles law firm Munger and Tolles. Charlie Munger appeared before at the annual meeting this year and argued in favor of this kind of regulation. He told the shareholders if I were in charge I would make Volker look like a pussy cat in terms of regulating to protect the integrity of market.

    The broker is a value investor and he told me that is strictly old hat. Today 70% of the market volume is flash trading, or day trading as they used to call it. This is another word for gambling. He said when you have a thousand point drop in a single day and no one knows why it happened it makes him uncomfortable. He was a strong Hillary supporter. He agrees that Soros and people of his ilk are manipulating the market. His concluding comment was if we turn investing in financial securities into an unregulated marketplace then it will resemble a casino and most people will walk away.

  46. I confess I have a weakness for lamecherry and today the post was fascinating. I know, I know, LC is a Clinton-basher but some of this is just too funny, IMHO.

    I will LMFAO if this leads to squat’s denouement.

    Among the gems;

    ”This is Hillarious in what the Clinton’s have set up in Hillary got Bill to be humiliated in sending him off to North Korea, but payback is a bitch, because the Clinton’s hung around the White House as “trusted” comrades, just long enough for a felony to occur.”
    ***************************************************************

    “What was an original felony in a bribe violating federal law, now has become a Watergate gushing fountain of felonies as the White House has now engaged in a cover up, tampering with witnesses in Joe Sestak and Bill Clinton, and, the higher crimes of obstruction of justice by Eric Holder and Robert Bauer.
    *************************************************************

    I can tell you this right now that the person in the catbird seat is Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton literally is now part of a cover up. By keeping silent, he has either extorted the Vice Presidential slot for Hillary in 2012 or literally she will become President, with the caveat that she will pardon the criminal Obama mob if Clinton talks.’
    ***********************************************************

    “Bill and Hilllary Clinton now hold the hangman’s noose in this scenario and are twirling it like Scarlet does her fan waiting for Obama to be gone with the wind.”

    “Hillary Clinton is without doubt positioned in this Obama coup to be President of these United States, all because B. Hussein Obama is the biggest idiot in thinking he could handle the Clintons.”

  47. The business of being offered some unpaid position on some board is BUNK. Sestak already said YES in his earlier interview when asked if it was a high ranking position.

    I hope Bill has some play in mind here, because Obama and Rahm are not to be trusted. I hope he plays the loyal Dem for now, then spills the beans to a special prosecutor later on.

  48. agree Bill did nothing legally wrong. I also think Rahm asked Bill as Sestak was a friend and Hillary supported. Nonetheless, when it involves a “Clinton” even the appearance of impropriety allows the Piranhas to go into and feeding frenzy and non-stop Clinton bashing to follow for weeks if not months. It hurts Hillary because if/when she runs for President, the same bullshit about “controlling Bill” will come up. Both of them have been held in high regard and this was just not a good idea. Bill knows Rahm is a rat and should not have agreed to help-period.
    ———————-
    Correct.

  49. jbstonesfan
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I agree Bill did nothing legally wrong. I also think Rahm asked Bill as Sestak was a friend and Hillary supported. Nonetheless, when it involves a “Clinton” even the appearance of impropriety allows the Piranhas to go into and feeding frenzy and non-stop Clinton bashing to follow for weeks if not months. It hurts Hillary

    ———
    And this is precisely why I don’t buy into the thought that this is an illegal offense from the get go. I have my doubts but I am still open to investigation.

    By many of us old time Clinton Democrats paying more attention to the media on the right these days, we have to be able to weed out the truth from the march to the White House by Republicans. It is good to view both sides of the issue, and try to find the facts.

  50. Sestak and Bill will both come out of this OK. Sestak refused the position and answered honestly when asked a question, no cover up or shady deals on Sestak’s part.

  51. JTJames, the “unpaid” position/appointment angle is actually incriminating. We posted the statute and it covers that situation too.

    According to the statute (and Sestak’s statements track the statute):

    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…

    Note, Bill Clinton is the “indirectly”, Rahm/Obama are the direct.

    Blagojevich got caught because his phones were tapped. Rahm/Obama are in trouble because Sestak squealed.

    Here’s more:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/28/the-silence-of-the-sestak-the-big-me-involved/

    Update III: Marc Ambinder has the White House memo. Shouldn’t this have been released at 5 pm or so? And the memo itself seems to be evidence of potential wrongdoing, rather than an exoneration:

    Uncompensated Advisory Board Options. 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.

    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.

    Er, isn’t that at the least an admission of attempting to tamper with the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania? If this didn’t violate the law, why did Rahm Emanuel ask Bill Clinton to make the pitch rather than do it himself?

    I’m guessing this adds gasoline rather than water to the fire.

  52. HillaryforTexas
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    The business of being offered some unpaid position on some board is BUNK. Sestak already said YES in his earlier interview when asked if it was a high ranking position.

    ——–
    …and he also said the offer was made by someone in the administration. Last I checked, Bill isn’t part of Obama’s cabinet…

  53. Has Sestak been asked how many conversations he had on the subject? Remember Blago – everyone was talking to him about what Obama wanted. I’m not going to be surprised if there was a follow up conversation. And any position that advises the president is high ranking.

    I’ve never seen a White House have so many repeated incidents around “jobs”. Kerry thought he’d be offered SOS for endorsing Obama. So did Richardson. The Blago thing. Now this. Weird.

  54. Basil9, thanks for your earlier words of support for calling it as we see it.

    Your most recent comment also tracks with what we wrote that it is the Clinton’s who are somewhat in the catbird seat.

    “Bill and Hilllary Clinton now hold the hangman’s noose in this scenario and are twirling it like Scarlet does her fan waiting for Obama to be gone with the wind.”

    “Hillary Clinton is without doubt positioned in this Obama coup to be President of these United States, all because B. Hussein Obama is the biggest idiot in thinking he could handle the Clintons.”

    As we wrote, Bill has Obama by the cojones.

  55. jbstonesfan
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    I agree Bill did nothing legally wrong. I also think Rahm asked Bill as Sestak was a friend and Hillary supported. Nonetheless, when it involves a “Clinton” even the appearance of impropriety allows the Piranhas to go into and feeding frenzy and non-stop Clinton bashing to follow for weeks if not months. It hurts Hillary because if/when she runs for President, the same bullshit about “controlling Bill” will come up. Both of them have been held in high regard and this was just not a good idea. Bill knows Rahm is a rat and should not have agreed to help-period.
    ****************************************

    agree completely

  56. admin

    As we wrote, Bill has Obama by the cojones.

    ——–
    I realize that we don’t have all of the facts, but…

    I am a little confused. Do you think that what Bill did was wrong, possibly helping to commit a crime?

    If so, then how could Bill have his boot on Obama’s cojones?

  57. I’m sorry, but that lamecherry is a whacko. Bill was humiliated in North Korea?? WTF is he/she talking about?

  58. Basement Angel, Politico’s fawning coverage raises the question you ask:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37916.html

    “Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton,” Sestak said. “He said that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a presidential board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no.”

    While the two statements were broadly consistent, Sestak’s statement referred to only a single entreaty. The White House version referred to efforts that spanned two months and apparently included at least two possible positions.

  59. Sorry, but BC is in this. Anyone who would buy this complete BS story, which makes no sense, as explained succinctly by admin in the original entry, is blinded by delusion.

    The idea that BC, at the WH’s request, would contact Sestak to ask him to drop out for an advisory position, which position would be perfectly permissible for Rahm himself to offer, sans intermediary, is complete BS.

    There would be no need for the WH to use BC to offer such a BS position, which would provide no incentive for a sitting congressman to drop his senate candidacy in the first place.

    This is a very, very poorly conceived lie which is implausible on sooo many levels. Yes, BC is in the middle of it now.

  60. I agree with Jbstonesfan and admin….the feeding frenzy has started…my only hope is that this will give Hillary an out to quit her job as she can say she is pist off at Obama for asking Bill to do this…I also tend to believe there is always a silver lining in every black cloud.

    This also reminds me of the attack dogs of the reptiles.

  61. Question: When Rahm is placed under the kleig lights will he prove to be Gordon Liddy (who protects his boss and pays the price himself) or John Dean (who tries to protect himself and accuses the men above him)?

    Knowing the kind of man he Emanuel is, I rather suspect that his first instinct will be to lie and take one for the gipper. Mafia soldiers would do that. His second instinct however may be self preservation.

  62. Paula, Lamecherry is a right wing wacko religious zealot of the highest order…I only read the ones that show Obama in a bad light sometimes…Lamecherry is a “mean right down to the bone” nutjob.

  63. the feeding frenzy has started…I just happened to catch a segment of hardball where that bill clinton hater never misses an opportunity to insult Bill – Matthews actually played a segment of Limbaugh where he was calling Bill all kinds of names – perjury, ML, etc, and making him the butt of jokes…and then back to Matthews and his gang yukking it up at Bill’s expense

    …that is what I am talking about…no mention of O, Rahm out of the country…but O and all the old stories being resurrected and laughed at…at his expense…

    …this truly sickens me…

  64. I meant all the old stories of BC being resurrected, repeated and laughed at…all at BC’s expense…

  65. This is bad…I wonder if this is payback for Carville going off on Obama?? I think someone talked to Carville because he is a little less loud about nothing being done in Louisiana.

  66. Paula
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    There’s no way Bill will be made the fall guy for anything that happens. First, he was asked to do this by the WH; it wasn’t his idea. If any heads are made to roll, they’ll be people at the WH, like Rahm.

    We all need to remember, the Clinton’s ALWAYS end up on their feet.
    ****************

    Admin I was ever so glad to see your post. I am bewildered at BC’c support of the fraudulent fool in the WH time and again.I don’t know if we will ever really know why he would put himself in such a position. For BC to come out of this squeaky clean is hard to imagine. I think he puts Hillary in harms way no matter how this ends, and it could end very badly. BC is not a messenger boy and why he would let himself be part of something he knows well could end so badly, well it hurts. We have been down this road before.

    I don’t think BC and Hillary always land on their feet. They got out maneuvered badly in Iowa and essentially lost the presidency there. And for being so wise and well connected, they barely felt the knives put in their backs till the blood pooled at their feet in 2008. Hard as it is to imagine, they are just human, like all of us.

  67. I know LC is a nutjob but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Besides, I find the blog highly entertaining.

    I SAID I have a WEAKNESS for LC. It’s so wild it’s a riot. But then I have a warped sense of humor.

    BTW, confloyd, I think I learned about LC from you!

    😉

    Anyway, I read everything just to get the enemies perspective. Once in a while the enemy of your enemy is your friend.

    I confess, I still don’t know WTH to conclude about this whole mess. I’m just praying that BC is pulling the strings. If not, uh-oh.

    admin is my first and last source for politics.

  68. BC putting himself out there like a sacrificial lamb like Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia…just makes me sick, sick…

  69. Whatever happened, is happening, or happens, the bottom line is still this: Obama cannot be trusted, and the Clintons need to get away from him as quickly as possible.

  70. gonzo,

    I know what you mnean but I’m still hoping it’s a brilliant Clinton strategy.
    I don’t yet have that sinking-in-my-gut feeling I had all during the primary when the DNC savaged HRC.

    OTOH, I haven’t been following the story that closely. I just can’t stand to tune in to much TV.

  71. Thank goodness Hillary is in the perfect position to stay out of the Otrauma stream of poor judgements lazy habits and blame someone else syndrome.What a poor excuse for a human being.FOX is doing everything it ckan to drag both Clintons through the septic tank that they call “Fair and Balanced Network”
    Meantime our girl is ready to hit the road again where she is welcomed with open arms and is treated as the most important person in the administration with the peace of the world foremost in her agenda.

    —————————————————

  72. Ace
    *******

    Denver Post Embargoes Own Scoop On White House Crime
    —LauraW.
    WOW.

    This is really repulsive.

    Sestak is apparently not the only one who might have been offered a job in exchange for ditching a run for office.

    WASHINGTON — Not long after news leaked last month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington.
    Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to The Denver Post.

    As in all things though, it’s not the crime (well, actually it is), it’s the coverup. In this case, it’s the press itself doing the covering up of YET ANOTHER POSSIBLE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.

    Since that story was published, the Denver Post has been in complete lockdown mode regarding it. No followup articles. No mention at all of a job offer made by the White House to Romanoff even referenced in other related stories.
    I wonder if we will ever know the extent to which this administration’s water is being carried by these simpering lackeys.

    Please go to the post at NewsBusters. It’s a great find and I don’t want to steal all the good stuff out of it.

    You might also want to write the Denver Post and politely inquire with them about their curious indiligence in following up this story.

  73. The target is Barack Obama. Some will enjoy taking potshots at Bill Clinton but those of consequence will not waste time targeting Bill Clinton. The Republicans calling for a special prosecutor will keep the focus on Obama/Emanuel.

    What Bill Clinton has done is call lots of attention to this story. Think of Bill as the main attraction today in this circus but Barack Obama is the geek in residence.

    ABC News coverage was almost all about Obama and the White House plan to pay off Sestak. Bill Clinton was mentioned as the intermediary but the coverage was mostly about Obama and his broken promises of transparency.

    Charles Krauthammer on the Bret Baier report also noted that there were several overtures to Sestak for 2 months. Krauthammer pointed out that there was more than one contact and that information has to be obtained. Krauthammer also noted that Bill Clinton would not have been sent out to offer Sestak what amounts to a volunteer job.

    Today’s coverage mentions Bill a lot but the focus remains on Obama and will continue to be on Obama. Republican Issa issued his call once again for a special prosecutor but his remarks focused on Obama.

    No doubt people like Hannity and Matthews and the Hopium guzzlers will enjoy beating up on Bill but they know that the one with the “high crimes and misdemeanors” problem is the corrupt clown from Chicago.

    We have not heard Hillary dragged into any of this – but we are sure Chris Matthews and the barroom drunks at MSNBC will correct this situation as soon as they can.

  74. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados from June 6-10 to participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) and consult with our regional partners on issues of shared interest.

    On June 6-8 in Peru, Secretary Clinton will participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States General Assembly, the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization. The Secretary will travel to Ecuador on June 8 and then on to Colombia and she will meet with government leaders in both countries. In Barbados on June 9, the Secretary will meet with leaders of Caribbean nations to discuss issues of mutual interest.

    ——————————————————–Stay away Hillary and keep up your amazing work as SoS
    Your country needs you and there is no one better at your ability as a uniter and peace advocate.There is no one better at clearing your path than Bill.

  75. Rep Darrell Issa on cnn now wanting the FBI to investigate…saying that prez clinton would not be able to deliver on a job (as admin said above) so if a crime was committed it would fall on rahm or O…bill would have served as an intermediary…Issa saying the power is with Rahm and O and must be investigated – he wants the FBI investigation…

    Rep Issa is really hot on this…going on about O and his so called ‘higher ethics’ and O’s pledges to be a more ethical admin…but he is just biz as usual
    —————————
    I do not know Issa from Adam but I think he is on the right track. Based on the limited evidence we have at this point here is what I see.

    1. Specter knew he could not win if he ran as a Republican.

    2. Therefore, he sent signals to the opposing camp that he would defect if the price was right.

    3. Emanuel picked up those signals and conferred with Obama.

    4. Emanuel told Obama what a fine trophy Specter would make for the Dimocrats.

    5. Emanuel told Obama he could use Specter to talk about how out of touch the Repulicans are, etc.

    6. Obama authorized Rham to tell Specter that he was feted and would make him the democratic candidate for the senate.

    7. Emanuel reminded Obama that another democrat Joe Sestak was running for the senate position on the ticket.

    8. Obama told Emanuel to make him an offer he cannot refuse–a high level position in the Administration.

    9. Emanuel told Obama that Sestak was a Cinton loyalist.

    10.Obama said then ask Bill to convey the message.

    11.Emanuel said he will not do it for me. I am a subordinate. You will have to ask him yourself.

    12.Obama contacted Clinton and asked him to do a favor and convey the message to Sestak.

    13.Bill met with Sestak and explained what Obama told him but never promised him anything on behalf of the Administration either directly or indirectly. Also, Bill had no ability to deliver since he was not part of the Administration.

    14. When Sestak told Bill he was not interested and Bill essentially agreed with him, the Administration spoke directly to Sestak and at that point a promise was made, at the direction of Mr. Obama. That is where the legal problem lies.

    15. Obama handlers front end loaded the conversation with Bill hoping that would be sufficient to distract the media from the crime they committed at the direction of Obama.

  76. Hillary among others has said how can you say no when a president asks you to do something? The answer is when he asks you to do something which is illegal. And Bill Clinton of all people knows where the line is. I cannot see him promising a job to Sestak to drop out of the race directly or indirectly. To do so would be contrary to Bill’s legal and political interests.

    On the other hand, I can see him speaking with a friend, telling him what a political opponent wants from him and being relieved when he did not take it. In my opinion that behavior does not cross the line established by the statute and that is why I say Bill did nothing wrong. If I am right, and this is explained the proper way then this problem can be contained. If not it can become like the Obama-BP affair in the Gulf spreading in all directions.

  77. wbboei
    May 28th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t agree on this summation wbb. I don’t think it was as simple as this, not in a long shot. Bill messed up. Why, is the 60 million dollar question.

  78. gonzo,

    We don’t know that for sure, Gonzo, at least not yet.

    Like admin said, “Today’s coverage mentions Bill a lot but the focus remains on Obama.”

    I prefer to think, right now, that the ‘target’ is Squat. I dunno, maybe I’m deluding myself but like I said, I haven’t gotten that it’s-the-end-of-the-world vibe, yet.

  79. admin
    May 28th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    The target is Barack Obama. Some will enjoy taking potshots at Bill Clinton but those of consequence will not waste time targeting Bill Clinton. The Republicans calling for a special prosecutor will keep the focus on Obama/Emanuel.

    What Bill Clinton has done is call lots of attention to this story. Think of Bill as the main attraction today in this circus but Barack Obama is the geek in residence.

    ———–
    Okay, I see where you’re going with this now…thanks for adding more of your thoughts.

    Seems amazing to me that a day doesn’t go by without the Clinton’s being in the news……..one way or the other.

  80. Basil9, Yes I am the one who post Lamecherry’s stuff here. He is funny at times but he has CDS, so in that respect I don’t like him. He also seems to go off on religious spills way too often.
    I do read him quiet regularly, especially if Obama has done something stupid.

  81. confloyd

    ….especially if Obama has done something stupid.
    ——–
    Then you must read Lamecherry daily. 😉

  82. Agree with basil9

    One of the things that has distinguished this site from the others since the beginning is that Admin has never been afraid to criticize whoever deserves to be criticized, whether it was about mistakes being made in Hillary’s primary campaign, the Coakley situation, healthcare scam, etc. When I want the truth without any sugar-coating or pretzel logic to defend the heroes, this is the place to come.

    It’s too early to tell how this Sestak thing is going to play out; however it goes, though, I know that I can count on Admin, above all other web sites or news organizations, to give us the truth.

    And well-written, to boot.

  83. Anther statute on the Sestak issue:

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000201—-000-.html

    Title 18, Part I, Chapter 11
    § 201. Bribery of public officials and witnesses

    (a) For the purpose of this section—
    (1) the term “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror;
    (2) the term “person who has been selected to be a public official” means any person who has been nominated or appointed to be a public official, or has been officially informed that such person will be so nominated or appointed; and
    (3) the term “official act” means any decision or action on any question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy, which may at any time be pending, or which may by law be brought before any public official, in such official’s official capacity, or in such official’s place of trust or profit.
    (b) Whoever—
    (1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent—
    (A) to influence any official act; or
    (B) to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
    (C) to induce such public official or such person who has been selected to be a public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person;
    (2) being a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:
    (A) being influenced in the performance of any official act;
    (B) being influenced to commit or aid in committing, or to collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
    (C) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official duty of such official or person;
    (3) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any person, or offers or promises such person to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent to influence the testimony under oath or affirmation of such first-mentioned person as a witness upon a trial, hearing, or other proceeding, before any court, any committee of either House or both Houses of Congress, or any agency, commission, or officer authorized by the laws of the United States to hear evidence or take testimony, or with intent to influence such person to absent himself therefrom;
    (4) directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity in return for being influenced in testimony under oath or affirmation as a witness upon any such trial, hearing, or other proceeding, or in return for absenting himself therefrom;
    shall be fined under this title or not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
    (c) Whoever—
    (1) otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duty—
    (A) directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official, for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official; or
    (B) being a public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official, otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duty, directly or indirectly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such official or person;
    (2) directly or indirectly, gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any person, for or because of the testimony under oath or affirmation given or to be given by such person as a witness upon a trial, hearing, or other proceeding, before any court, any committee of either House or both Houses of Congress, or any agency, commission, or officer authorized by the laws of the United States to hear evidence or take testimony, or for or because of such person’s absence therefrom;
    (3) directly or indirectly, demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally for or because of the testimony under oath or affirmation given or to be given by such person as a witness upon any such trial, hearing, or other proceeding, or for or because of such person’s absence therefrom;
    shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.
    (d) Paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (b) and paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) shall not be construed to prohibit the payment or receipt of witness fees provided by law, or the payment, by the party upon whose behalf a witness is called and receipt by a witness, of the reasonable cost of travel and subsistence incurred and the reasonable value of time lost in attendance at any such trial, hearing, or proceeding, or in the case of expert witnesses, a reasonable fee for time spent in the preparation of such opinion, and in appearing and testifying.
    (e) The offenses and penalties prescribed in this section are separate from and in addition to those prescribed in sections 1503, 1504, and 1505 of this title.

  84. Another Statute on the Sestak scandal:

    18 U.S.C. § 600 : US Code – Section 600: Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

    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.

  85. Another Statute on the Sestak scandal:

    18 U.S.C. § 211 : US Code – Section 211: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office

    Whoever solicits or receives, either as a political contribution,
    or for personal emolument, any money or thing of value, in
    consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in
    obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the
    United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not
    more than one year, or both.
    Whoever solicits or receives any thing of value in consideration
    of aiding a person to obtain employment under the United States
    either by referring his name to an executive department or agency
    of the United States or by requiring the payment of a fee because
    such person has secured such employment shall be fined under this
    title, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. This section
    shall not apply to such services rendered by an employment agency
    pursuant to the written request of an executive department or
    agency of the United States.

  86. Another Statute on the Sestak scandal:

    18 U.S.C. § 595 : US Code – Section 595: Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments

    Whoever, being a person employed in any administrative position
    by the United States, or by any department or agency thereof, or by
    the District of Columbia or any agency or instrumentality thereof,
    or by any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States, or
    any political subdivision, municipality, or agency thereof, or
    agency of such political subdivision or municipality (including any
    corporation owned or controlled by any State, Territory, or
    Possession of the United States or by any such political
    subdivision, municipality, or agency), in connection with any
    activity which is financed in whole or in part by loans or grants
    made by the United States, or any department or agency thereof,
    uses his official authority for the purpose of interfering with, or
    affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate for the
    office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member
    of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate
    from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, shall be
    fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or
    both.
    This section shall not prohibit or make unlawful any act by any
    officer or employee of any educational or research institution,
    establishment, agency, or system which is supported in whole or in
    part by any state or political subdivision thereof, or by the
    District of Columbia or by any Territory or Possession of the
    United States; or by any recognized religious, philanthropic or
    cultural organization.

  87. admin
    May 28th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Today’s coverage mentions Bill a lot but the focus remains on Obama and will continue to be on Obama. Republican Issa issued his call once again for a special prosecutor but his remarks focused on Obama.

    No doubt people like Hannity and Matthews and the Hopium guzzlers will enjoy beating up on Bill but they know that the one with the “high crimes and misdemeanors” problem is the corrupt clown from Chicago.

    We have not heard Hillary dragged into any of this – but we are sure Chris Matthews and the barroom drunks at MSNBC will correct this situation as soon as they can.
    ___________________________________

    Yes, admin- your 3 paragraphs encompass in a nutshell the happenings outlining as yesterday, today and tomorrow.
    ____________________

    Whats that giggling I hear in the background? Uh, Bill trying to stifle himself to keep from laughing out-loud over the nice mess Obama and Rahm have gotten themselves into- hee!

  88. admin
    May 28th, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    —————————
    Absolutely right. They are on the hunt now. And every good hunter knows the difference between the real target and a decoy.

    The Clinton haters are trying to make the story about Bill Rham and Sestak. That is bad strategy on their part.

    1. First, no one believes Emanuel tells Bill what to do.

    2. Second, the presence of Bill in this menagerie implicates Obama for the reasons stated above.

    3. Third, by placing Bill front and center in this controversy Obama defenders have created the media circus they wanted. But they forget the man in then center of the flame is not Bill this time. It is Obama.

    4. Fourth, if they think this stupidity insulates their man they are teched in the head. From health care deform, to regulatory retreat, to invasion from the south, to environmental crisis in the gulf Obama blood is already in the water.

    5. Fifth, let us pray that Bill and Hillary will get away from this guy and if they do then he is toast. And perhaps Bill will extact retribution from Obama for this unkindest of all cuts. If anyone knows where to push he does.

    I asked my friend this morning who is as skeptical as I am that the Republicans will do anything right. Fortunately in this case all they have to do is watch this guy dissemble and never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  89. You just gotta love me some James Carville…he laughed the whole BC/Sestak thing off…says its done all the time…was it good for Obama NO…should we launch a full scale criminal investigation…laughing and says NO.

    He even went so far as to say he would have done it for Obama had he been asked…so are the republicans reaching here admin??

  90. gonzotx
    May 28th, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    I don’t think BC and Hillary always land on their feet. They got out maneuvered badly in Iowa and essentially lost the presidency there. And for being so wise and well connected, they barely felt the knives put in their backs till the blood pooled at their feet in 2008. Hard as it is to imagine, they are just human, like all of us.

    ===================

    True. They were out-maneuvered, blindsided, badly in 2008.

    ==================

    BC is not a messenger boy and why he would let himself be part of something he knows well could end so badly,

    ==================

    Well, I have my doubts Bill did anything wrong or illegal in the Sestak matter. They were blindsided in 2008 by Obama’s caucus strategy etc, but there is no blindsiding possible here. Bill knows the law, and had no reason to stick his neck out at Obama’s request. The media (and Obama) would blame Bill whatever he did or did not do. Therefore I doubt Bill did whatever they’re accusing him of this week.

  91. Can we think BC might have given him enough rope to hang himself…he knew he would not get in trouble.

    I think we should sit back and relax and see how this works out in the long run…Blago goes on Trial tuesday for exactly the same thing…hmmm, hmmmm.

  92. jbstonesfan
    May 28th, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    Nonetheless, when it involves a “Clinton” even the appearance of impropriety allows the Piranhas to go into and feeding frenzy and non-stop Clinton bashing to follow for weeks if not months.

    ================

    Doesn’t matter. Whatever Bill does or does not do, the media will find some excuse for bashing him every so often.

  93. confloyd
    May 28th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    You just gotta love me some James Carville…
    ______________________

    At last we are watching the thoroughly missed Clinton & Carville Show- Carville shaking a finger at Obama’s ineptitude in handling the Gulf Oil Spill on UTube-

    While Bill is off wreaking havoc at his old temporary residence walking away with clean hands like his Grandma taught him…

    Boyz will be boyz. When Bill and Jimmy get together, you never know whats going to happen! woo-hoo!

  94. Admin: I have some familiarity with the statutes you cite. One of them mirrors the language of Section 186 of Taft Hartley. I also know that Congressional ethics prohibit the solicitation or receipt of something of value by a member of Congress. I think Obama and his Chicago clowns are in trouble. With this kind of fire burning and a change in Congress more likely now than a month ago, and the country falling apart, all work to put a grinning Obama likeness on the side of Mount Rushmore should cease and desist.

  95. I was told today that there is an energy stock market exchange in New York and Obama is moving it to Chicago. I asked whether he could do that–legally. I was told Obama can do anything he wants.

  96. On this oil gusher:

    Two days in a row, BP and the goverment have paraded before the press as the stock market was opening saying things were proceding with the top kill effort. Two days in a row, BP has told the NYTIMES right after the market closed that, in reality, they had stopped the top kill efforts at 2 am the previous night. The top kill effort appears to have failed.

    I’ve started following a couple of the blogs with oil industry people watching the underwater video. This whole scenario has played out before, with an underwater gusher off the coast of Mexico in 1979. They tried exactly the same stuff — the top kill, the junk shot. Nothing worked. That gusher spewed oil for nine months until they were able to complete multiple relief wells. The view of industry veterans is that we are looking at the same scenario here. All we are seeing is just PR efforts. None of these attempts are seriously expected to work.

    That’s why you are seeing the reaction of officials on the ground in Lousiana. They know. the efforts should be directed at putting tankers in the Gulf to siphon up as much of the oil as possible, because it is going to continue to flow for a while.

    That’s what I’m hearing.

  97. wbboei
    May 28th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    “I think Obama and his Chicago clowns are in trouble. With this kind of fire burning and a change in Congress more likely now than a month ago.”
    ________________________

    Yes, and for Impeachment to occur, we need a majority for a House Vote. The skies are beginning to clear… Or will we live to witness another Nixon?

  98. Looking more and more like…

    Biden moves up a notch and chooses HRC as VP..

    Be still my heart!

  99. The target is Barack Obama. Some will enjoy taking potshots at Bill Clinton but those of consequence will not waste time targeting Bill Clinton. The Republicans calling for a special prosecutor will keep the focus on Obama/Emanuel.

    What Bill Clinton has done is call lots of attention to this story. Think of Bill as the main attraction today in this circus but Barack Obama is the geek in residence.
    ———————
    Sound analysis. They know the public has a limited attention span. They know Obama are using Bill as a decoy. Ergo, they will focus on Obama and drill baby drill.

  100. basement,

    No time to answer in detail but you’re missing my points.

    Investigative journalism that’s after the facts should be or at least begin covert so as to get more facts.

    Slimy tabloid journalism wants some facts but will trade off for lots of publicity.

    How did McGinnis treat the Kopechne scandal in his Kennedy book?

  101. Let us hope the current scandal will cause bots to realize how badly they have been deceived by Obama and reflect upon these words without the violence. We deplore violence. Allegorically, Lou is the promise of hope and change. Dan McGrew is Mr. Obama.
    ——————————————————————–

    Then all of a sudden the music changed, so soft that you scarce could hear;
    But you felt that your life had been looted clean of all that it once held dear;
    That someone had stolen the woman you loved; that her love was a devil’s lie;
    That your guts were gone, and the best of you was to crawl away and die.
    The music almost died away … then it burst like a pent-up flood;

    And it seemed to say, “Repay, repay,” and my eyes were blind with blood.
    The thought came back of an ancient wrong, and it stung like a frozen lash,
    And the lust awoke to kill, to kill … then the music stopped with a crash,
    And the stranger turned, and his eyes they burned in a most peculiar way;
    In a buckskin shirt that was glazed with dirt he sat, and I saw him sway;

    Then his lips went in in a kind of a grin, and he spoke, and his voice was calm;
    And, “Boys,” says he, “you don’t know me, and none of you care a damn;
    But I want to state, and my words are straight, and I’ll bet my poke they’re true,
    That one of you is a hound of hell … and that one is Dan McGrew.”

  102. My point was, people count out the Clintons repeatedly and they’re always wrong. Remember how Obama’s election was supposed to mean the end of the Clintons’ influence. Yeah, right, lol.

  103. FWIW, I’ve been checking the evening news shows and I just don’t get the sense BC is perceived as ‘sacrificing’ himself.

    If anything, it appears like he’s an interesting but fairly irrelevant part of the story.

    I do, however, think that dims are practically a dead species and that it’s becomes increasingly difficult for HRC if she still has presidentail aspirations.

    When Squat sinks he takes what’s left of the party with him.

    Fothermucker. As was pointed out on this blog – by admin – Squat is poison.

  104. JanH
    May 28th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Bill Clinton to the rescue, again
    _____________________

    Tried reading the WP article Jan but some Twitter interloper called Adam Croot keeps interrupting with his message to follow him. I’ll try again later-

  105. Doesn’t matter. Whatever Bill does or does not do, the media will find some excuse for bashing him every so often.
    —————————
    Which is why we should not worry about it, but to point out the motives behind it and show how it is false. Hillary gave up worrying about it a long time ago. Southerby has the number on big media–they are intellectually lazy, ethically dishonest and belong in the acting profession reading words written by others and pretending to be celebrities.

  106. #
    Paula
    May 28th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    My point was, people count out the Clintons repeatedly and they’re always wrong. Remember how Obama’s election was supposed to mean the end of the Clintons’ influence. Yeah, right, lol.
    ______________________-

    Exactly, Paula. Bill and Hillary are not and never were perceived or associated with the Obama Administration. The proof lies in her approval ratings. Hillary’s have never been higher.

  107. Just look at that Chuck Todd. A diminutive specie if ever there was one. That little gotee and that pair of beady eye staring into the camera like two piss holes in the snow just waiting to say something biased and stupid. He was groomed to be Russert’s replacement, but they picked Rin Tin Tin John King instead.

  108. Mrs. Smith,

    Here is the full text:

    Bill Clinton to the rescue, again

    It’s not the first time the Democrats turned to Bill Clinton to solve a thorny party political issue.

    The last time turned out better than Clinton’s mission this time: to talk Rep. Joe Sestak out of challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Sestak was offered an unpaid seat on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, according to reports.

    Three and a half years ago, after the 2006 elections returned control of Congress to the Democrats, Clinton solved a burgeoning embarrassment for the party over who would chair the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

    On the basis of seniority, the gavel was to go to Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings. But Republicans quickly jumped on the fact that Hastings, a former federal judge, had been impeached by the House in 1988 on perjury and conspiracy charges and removed from the bench by the Senate.

    He would be a security risk, critics said.

    Complicating the situation for the Democrats, in particular speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, were threats by the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose any efforts to deny Hastings the Intelligence Committee chairmanship.

    The Democrats were squirming.

    Enter Bill Clinton.

    “I had a conversation with President Clinton,” Hastings told me in an exclusive interview for my SpyTalk column in 2007, then located at Congressional Quarterly. (The link is no longer available.)

    “And we talked to close to an hour and forty minutes. And he was saying, among other things, that, you know, I would force a rift in the party if I was to force the issue. And that sometimes you come out better if you can accommodate the parties that have a direct interest — meaning, specifically, that if you could find a way to say, ‘Fine, pass over me, choose someone else,’ then I will come across better and be thought better of, by Democratic functionaries.”

    Hastings continued: “He was correct. I had had that feeling before speaking with him, but that reinforced it.”

    “And after that conversation,” Hastings added, “I called Nancy, and … suggested that she pass over me and select someone else, because the party would benefit more without having to live with all the negativity that was going to be surrounding this situation.”

    Pelosi gratefully accepted Hastings’s withdrawal. As a substitute, she picked Texas Rep. Silvestre Reyes to chair the intelligence committee.

    Reyes soon embarrassed himself in a SpyTalk interview by not knowing the difference between Sunnis and Shiites.

    Clinton did not respond to questions about who, if anyone, had asked him to call Hastings.

    Hastings, meanwhile, ended up taking over the intelligence subcommittee on oversight — which he found amusing.

    “It’s probably singularly the one way you can get into the secrets, much more than if you were just on the committee,” he said with a laugh.

    He now chairs two other subcommittees.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/

  109. Whoever, directly or… INDIRECTLY…, promises any employment,
    position,
    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… IMPRISIONED… not more than one year, or both

    *************

    Don’t you know the Repubs would LOVE to at last get BILL.

  110. Complicating the situation for the Democrats, in particular speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi,
    ***************

    What a SURPRISE!!!!

  111. Paula
    May 28th, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    *****************

    No one is counting out the Clintons, but when you lay down with pigs, you don’t come out smelling like a rose.

  112. Just watched Hannity, a whole show on the Sestak drama…and although Bill was definitely in the story, he was always talked about as the person that carried the message from Rahm/Obama to Sestak. I was surprised, Hannity usually jumps on any chance to attack Bill.

    They also played several snips of Sestak and I noticed that when asked him specifically, Sestak said that Bill only talked to him ONCE on a job offer.

    Many times it was raised that even in the administration memo, that the discussion of Sestak job offer went on over two months. Someone pointed out, that maybe the conversation Bill had on the phone was the first offer by the administration, and possibly there were other job offers by the administration after that.

    They also played a clip of many reporters asking Bill about the memo/phone call, etc. and Bill just pretended to not hear them ask the questions…

    Maybe Admin is right (he usually is) that Bill has his foot on Obama’s coconuts. 😉

  113. Some headlines from Drudge
    *****************

    THE TRAIL LED TO… CLINTON?

    Obama’s 3 hour tour of Louisiana…

    Regularly spends 5 hours on golf course…

    V A C A !
    ——————————————————————————–
    VIDEO: Congressman Breaks Down During Hearing About Spill…

  114. Don’t you know the Repubs would LOVE to at last get BILL.
    ___________________

    I’m afraid Cheney set the standard as the ‘Artful Dodger’. The answer always given when faced with a potentially incriminating question… “It’s a matter of national Security.” then added: ‘move on, nothing to see here.’

    The Pubs have defensive responses down pat. The other thing is… Everyone and I mean everyone wants Obama out on his arse. At this point in time, even his kids-

  115. gonzotx
    May 28th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “No one is counting out the Clintons, but when you lay down with pigs, you don’t come out smelling like a rose.”
    _____________

    gonzo- There wasn’t much laying down with Bill. It was Bill giving the “V” horns behind Obama’s head when he wasn’t looking

  116. Mrs Smith

    gonzo- There wasn’t much laying down with Bill. It was Bill giving the “V” horns behind Obama’s head when he wasn’t looking

    ————–

    Good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. We are in a transition period right now where the media is concerned. They have been micromanaged by the White House-12 emails per day at last count, they have been frozen out on certain things, they have been punished when they are critical of Obama and there comes a point where a whore gets tired of turning tricks.

    I remember when the story of the Excelon Nuclear spill occurred in Illinois and citizens who did not like having trace amounts of nuclear waste in their drinking water went to their senator named Obama and ask for his help. He ended up doing nothing for them, but helped himself to a camaign contribution from that company who then attached it caboose to the Obama train with Uncle Tony as the engineer, and during the primary the shit hit the fan. It was a big deal but all Dudley do right brian williams would say about it with a serious look in his face was “something of a lesson for this promising young politician”.

    Williams would say the same thing today, but many of his colleagues today would be more inclined to hold Obama responsible for what he did which was to sell out his constituents. If that is so, then a sea change has occurred–the flood tide is gone and the ebb tide of his presidency has commenced.

  118. Have to wonder if the media was just looking at anything to take the message away from bambi and the oil spill.

  119. This is the Carter scenario Gingrich held forth on many months ago. If you do not want Gingrich to win in 2012 somebody needs to be thinking about how to get Hillary back into political life. Obama has no coattails and by design no designated successor. If public opposition to him builds and the dims are wiped out in 2012 then the elites will be keen to remove him. They want public apathy, not public revolt, because public revolt threatens their economic interests.

  120. Thanks for printing out the article. JanH.

    Long weekend- whether is sunny and warm here. Great for planting annuals and remembering those who gave their lives for this country. They will RIP when this imitation president is just a bad memory.

  121. Have to wonder if the media was just looking at anything to take the message away from bambi and the oil spill.
    ———————-
    Jan that is not the sense I am getting from the way ABC is reporting this. They are focusing on Bambi, so I think the problem for him is cumulative and incriminating, not exculpatory.

  122. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/27/AR2010052704545.html?hpid=topnews

    In the Gulf Coast oil spill, there is man vs. nature. Then there is James Carville vs. the White House.

    The irascible Democratic strategist has been on a rampage over the government handling of the spill in his native gulf region, accusing President Obama of “political stupidity” and saying the administration has been “lackadaisical.”

    “It just looks like he’s not involved in this,” Carville said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Visibly agitated, Carville said: “Man, you got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this moving. We’re about to die down here.”

    Carville — nicknamed the Ragin’ Cajun as far back as his days as an adviser to President Bill Clinton — has grown more outraged with each passing day, culminating with his taking a boat tour of the damaged waterways on CNN earlier in the week.

    Now irritated White House officials are pushing back.

    “James has always been a very passionate person, and this is obviously a very emotional issue for him,” said David Axelrod, a White House senior adviser. “What I haven’t heard is exactly what he thinks we should do that we aren’t doing. We’re just looking for constructive ideas, and we’re not turning any away.”

    White House officials said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen called Carville last week to discuss the government response but Carville had not called him back.

    “No one doubts James’s motivations here — he is a resident of a great city that is at terrible risk right now,” one senior White House official said. “We just wish he would let us help him get his facts right.”

    Officials said that Donna Brazile, another Louisiana Democrat who had been on television criticizing the cleanup, was recently briefed by the administration on its efforts.

    Although a Democratic Party stalwart and a close friend of Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Carville is an outsider to this White House. In a phone interview, Carville acknowledged getting a call from Allen but said the two had played phone tag. And he was unapologetic about his criticism.

    He seemed, in fact, to delight in hearing he had gotten under the president’s skin, noting that Obama had been defensive about criticism of his response during an East Room news conference.

    “If he had one bullet and James Carville and [BP chief executive] Tony Hayward were sitting there, who would he shoot? I wouldn’t take my chances,” Carville said.

  123. Maybe Admin is right (he usually is) that Bill has his foot on Obama’s coconuts.
    *****************************************************************

    Well, who knew…BO actually has “coconuts”?

  124. I do, however, think that dims are practically a dead species and that it’s becomes increasingly difficult for HRC if she still has presidentail aspirations.

    Yes, I agree with that. The Dems are done in the White House until the next Republican f-up like George W. comes along and makes people forget that the Dems scare them. Hell, the Dems are scaring me to death. When our national security advisor says that radical islamic terrorism is not a threat, I’m flabberghasted.

    hwc, That’s very depressing news about the leak.

    The media is not really covering this story very well. They are just regurgitating BP press releases. There is a slim chance that one of these attempts to contain the gusher will work, but none of them have ever worked before on an underwater gusher. They tried everything on the 1979 gusher, which was only in a couple hundred feet of water.

    BP stopped drilling one of the two relief wells today. They are planning to cut the top off the gusher and attach the blowout preventer from one of the relief well drilling rigs to the damaged well. They spent the day with robot vehicles starting prep work for removing the top of the old well. People watching the video feeds chuckle at how the work they are actually doing doesn’t match the press statements at all.

  125. I’m beginning to think Bill’s involvement in this is almost tangential. Especially if this went on for two months, and Clinton only had one very brief conversation with Sestak.

  126. When you have a growth stock like Microsoft was in the early days, the growth factor is phenomenal until one day it reaches the point where it is so large that it becomes a blue chip. At that point it starts to manifests a lower rate of return. That diminution in return is one example of something called regression to mean.

    The media reaction to Obama has been over the top for over two years. They have lost their credibility in the eyes of most Americans regardless of what they do now. Nevertheless, Obama is no longer a growth stock, a symbolic payment of retribution for slavery has been paid in full, and now what we are seeing is an incompetent megalomaniac in action–a blue chip of sorts only worse. So now we will see a regression to the mean because as much as the media despises the Clintons the big game is the man in the White House and the feeding frenzy is moving on him. They have a perverse some might say morid fascination about what scandals therein. They are drawn to it like cockroaches to rotting food debris, and they will not be deterred.

  127. Mrs. Smith
    May 28th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Anytime BC is called to the WH to help the fool on the hill, he is laying down with swine. I stand up re my statement

    By the way, that was a “Hook Um Horns” salute behind the fool’s head.

  128. I’m beginning to think Bill’s involvement in this is almost tangential. Especially if this went on for two months, and Clinton only had one very brief conversation with Sestak.
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    That is my theory as well. But then it becomes more of a problem for Obama that he would try to use Bill as a human shield.

  129. This sums up my view of the current situation rather nicely. This is strike 3. Form todays Wall Street Journal.
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    He Was Supposed to Be Competent
    The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy.
    By PEGGY NOONAN

    I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.

    There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.

    The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.

    The American people have spent at least two years worrying that high government spending would, in the end, undo the republic. They saw the dollars gushing night and day, and worried that while everything looked the same on the surface, our position was eroding. They have worried about a border that is in some places functionally and of course illegally open, that it too is gushing night and day with problems that states, cities and towns there cannot solve.

    And now we have a videotape metaphor for all the public’s fears: that clip we see every day, on every news show, of the well gushing black oil into the Gulf of Mexico and toward our shore. You actually don’t get deadlier as a metaphor for the moment than that, the monster that lives deep beneath the sea.

    In his news conference Thursday, President Obama made his position no better. He attempted to act out passionate engagement through the use of heightened language—”catastrophe,” etc.—but repeatedly took refuge in factual minutiae. His staff probably thought this demonstrated his command of even the most obscure facts. Instead it made him seem like someone who won’t see the big picture. The unspoken mantra in his head must have been, “I will not be defensive, I will not give them a resentful soundbite.” But his strategic problem was that he’d already lost the battle. If the well was plugged tomorrow, the damage will already have been done.

    The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. In any case, the strategy was always a little mad. Americans would never think an international petroleum company based in London would worry as much about American shores and wildlife as, say, Americans would. They were never going to blame only BP, or trust it.

    I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: “Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust.” Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet the need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable: “We pay so much for the government and it can’t cap an undersea oil well!”

    This is what happened with Katrina, and Katrina did at least two big things politically. The first was draw together everything people didn’t like about the Bush administration, everything it didn’t like about two wars and high spending and illegal immigration, and brought those strands into a heavy knot that just sat there, soggily, and came to symbolize Bushism. The second was illustrate that even though the federal government in our time has continually taken on new missions and responsibilities, the more it took on, the less it seemed capable of performing even its most essential jobs. Conservatives got this point—they know it without being told—but liberals and progressives did not. They thought Katrina was the result only of George W. Bush’s incompetence and conservatives’ failure to “believe in government.” But Mr. Obama was supposed to be competent.

    Remarkable too is the way both BP and the government, 40 days in, continue to act shocked, shocked that an accident like this could have happened. If you’re drilling for oil in the deep sea, of course something terrible can happen, so you have a plan on what to do when it does.

    How could there not have been a plan? How could it all be so ad hoc, so inadequate, so embarrassing? We’re plugging it now with tires, mud and golf balls?

    The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It’s not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of “the indispensable nation” be so weakened. I never until the past 10 years understood the almost moral imperative that an American president maintain a high standing in the eyes of his countrymen.

    Mr. Obama himself, when running for president, made much of Bush administration distraction and detachment during Katrina. Now the Republican Party will, understandably, go to town on Mr. Obama’s having gone before this week only once to the gulf, and the fund-raiser in San Francisco that seemed to take precedence, and the EPA chief who decided to cancel a New York fund-raiser only after the press reported that she planned to attend.

    But Republicans should beware, and even mute their mischief. We’re in the middle of an actual disaster. When they win back the presidency, they’ll probably get the big California earthquake. And they’ll probably blow it. Because, ironically enough, of a hard core of truth within their own philosophy: When you ask a government far away in Washington to handle everything, it will handle nothing well.

  130. Something is definitely up with Bill. He is zig-zagging all over the map. This latest development is extremely interesting. The civil war within the Dimocratic Party is open warfare:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37936.html

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.

    Using unusually vivid language to describe the threat against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Clinton urged the voters who nurtured his career to resist outside forces bent on making an example out of the two-term Democratic incumbent.

    He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line.

    This is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate,” Clinton said in the gym of a small historically black college here.

    Clinton didn’t mention Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s name – the lieutenant governor worked in the former president’s administration – or single out any specific liberal groups. But he didn’t need to.

    Halter, who held the incumbent to under 50 percent in the May 18 primary election, has been the beneficiary of millions of dollars in advertising from liberal groups and unions angry with Lincoln over her hesitance to support labor organizing legislation and ties to the business community.

    It’s a clash that pits the ascendant forces of the progressive left against a centrist Southern Democrat cut from Clinton’s own Democratic Leadership Council mold, a proxy fight that the former president and longtime Arkansas governor sought to underscore by noting that Lincoln’s “opponent is not her opponent.”

    The tension between the two competing models surfaced early Friday, even before Clinton took to the stage, when the AFL-CIO lobbed a pre-emptive strike.

    “Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln took us in the wrong direction when they supported NAFTA,” said spokesman Eddie Vale in an email to reporters. “They sent thousands of Arkansas jobs to Mexico and Canada, and yet they’re still bragging about their support of the job-killing deal. When it comes to protecting and creating jobs in Arkansas, they just don’t get it.”

    Yet even though he lives in New York now, Clinton, who was governor here for 12 years, sought to prove he still knows how to reach Arkansans. Playing on both local pride and a wariness of outside influence, he suggested voters would be mere pawns for an agenda of party purification if they opposed Lincoln.

    If you want to be used that way, have at it,’ he said to about 200 Democrats at Philander Smith College, speaking without notes for 20 minutes

    With a detailed recitation of Lincoln’s work on behalf of Arkansas down to the jobs she saved at a manufacturer in Ft. Smith, Clinton exhorted voters to not direct their discontent at her.

    “If you want somebody to channel your anger, don’t vote for her,” Clinton said. “If you want somebody to get up and go to work and change your life for the better, you should vote for her.”

    The former president added: “This isn’t about a poster child, it’s about your child.”

  131. Did anyone watch Anderson Cooper tonight? We got a heads up that several events occurred today on that show that merit watching.

    Item 1: Obama told the head of one of the Parishes in Louisiana that if he has comments to make to call Obama and not Anderson Cooper. The Parish guy told this to Anderson Cooper who was chagrined.

    Item 2: During an interview with the Parrish guy there were helicopters overhead and the Parish guy joked that perhaps they were talking pictures of Anderson Cooper and himself. In a visit to the helicopter station it turns out that the joke turned out to be the truth. There were pictures at the station of Cooper conducting the interview (instead of doing what we would think they would be doing vis-a-vis the oil mess).

    Item 3: CNN is calling a “dog and pony show” the unknown crowds who lined the beach for Obama’s visit. According to residents they did not know who these people were. It turns out they were prisoners bused in for the show.

    According to what we have been told, CNN’s coverage has been pretty good in showing what has been actually going on.

    Perhaps Anderson Cooper’s show will be rerun and we can see for ourselves if these are accurate representation. We’re passing this on to find out if anyone has anything to add or refute about these accounts.

  132. Reposting to remove unclear expression. Still hasty though.

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    basement,

    No time to answer in detail but you’re missing my points.

    Investigative journalism which wants to uncover important facts should be or at least begin covert so as to get more facts which the target would otherwise conceal.

    Slimy tabloid journalism wants some facts but will trade off for lots of publicity.

    How did McGinnis treat the Kopechne scandal in his Kennedy book?

  133. One follow-up email points us to this:

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/28/gulf.oil.spill.bp/?hpt=Sbin

    A Gulf Coast official accused BP of shipping workers into Grand Isle, Louisiana, for President Barack Obama’s visit to the oil-stricken area Friday and sending them away once the president left the region.

    Early Friday morning, “a number of buses brought in approximately 300 to 400 workers that had been recruited all week,” Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told CNN’s “Situation Room.”

    Roberts said the workers were offered $12 an hour to come out to the scene at Grand Isle and work in what he called a “dog and pony show.”

    But, when Obama departed, so did the workers, he said, adding that he’s never seen more than 20 workers at the Grand Isle cleanup site since the effort started.

    BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles downplayed the claim Friday evening, telling CNN it is not unusual to see people wrapping up work in the afternoon.

    “These individuals are working out in the heat of the sun. These are long days. They start early in the morning and they stop early in the evening,” he said. “So the fact that they were leaving the location late in the afternoon was not unusual. It’s not associated with the president arriving.”

    Suttles added that the workers would be back Saturday morning to continue working.

    The company hired to provide the cleanup workers told WWL, a New Orleans-based radio station, said it was told to beef up the cleaning workforce five days ago.

    “No, I did not put extra workers on the job because the president was coming,” said Donald Nalty of Environmental Safety and Health, which was contracted by BP to help in the cleanup effort.

    Roberts told CNN’s Anderson Cooper the hundreds of workers who showed up early Friday wouldn’t speak to local emergency management officials.

    “The sheriff’s office did manage to get one person to speak with them and that individual said they were hired yesterday and told to report to a staging area at 7:30 this morning,” Roberts added. “It just doesn’t add up.”

  134. Admin

    …he suggested voters would be mere pawns for an agenda of party purification if they opposed Lincoln.

    “If you want to be used that way, have at it,’ he said to about 200 Democrats at Philander Smith College, speaking without notes for 20 minutes

    With a detailed recitation of Lincoln’s work on behalf of Arkansas down to the jobs she saved at a manufacturer in Ft. Smith, Clinton exhorted voters to not direct their discontent at her.

    “If you want somebody to channel your anger, don’t vote for her,” Clinton said. “If you want somebody to get up and go to work and change your life for the better, you should vote for her.”
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    Sounds like Bill is pist and making a point at the split between the centralist Democrats and the ‘far left Obama Democrats’ with this one.

    I posted an email yesterday from Move on Dot Org that wanted Dems to go against centralist Lincoln because she did not ‘support’ Obama’s agenda. Making it obvious that centralists are causing trouble and should be kicked out of congress.

  135. More crazy news:
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0510/DOJ_Ariz_law_Napolitano_signed_is_illegal.html?showall

    The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to strike down a state immigration-enforcement law Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signed as governor of Arizona.

    In a filing Friday afternoon, Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal asked the court to hear a challenge brought by employers and immigrant-rights groups to the employer-sanctions statute Napolitano signed in 2007.

    “Those provisions disrupt a careful balance that Congress struck nearly 25 years ago between two interests of the highest importance: ensuring that employers do not undermine enforcement of immigration laws by hiring unauthorized workers, while also ensuring that employers not discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities legally in the country,” Katyal and other government attorneys wrote. “There is no reason to believe that Congress intended a result that would subvert the purpose and operation of its general prohibition on state sanctions.”

    The Arizona law, which Napolitano did not actively campaign for and signed after protracted deliberations, seeks to exploit a purported gap in a federal statute which generally bars states from regulating issues related to employment of foreigners, including illegal aliens. The law allows states to control business “licensing and similar laws.” The Arizona law targets employers found to hire illegals, and could revoke business licenses of repeat violators.

    By effectively joining the challenges to the law, the Obama Administration is asserting broad federal control of immigration–a position that will make it easier to pursue a lawsuit against the more controversial immigration law passed in Arizona this year allowing local police to make arrests of non-citizens lacking legal status. The administration is also siding with immigrant-rights groups who have accused the White House of not making immigration reform a priority.

    A spokesman for Napolitano had no immediate response to a request for comment.

    As governor, Napolitano said she thought the state law was valid. Indeed, she was initially the defendant in many of the lawsuits challenging it. The Ninth Ciruit rejected those challenges, but the Justice Department is now arguing that that ruling was wrong.

  136. Item 3: CNN is calling a “dog and pony show” the unknown crowds who lined the beach for Obama’s visit. According to residents they did not know who these people were. It turns out they were prisoners bused in for the show.

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    Prisoners as stand-in supporters for Obama, now that is more desperate than I could ever imagine. Maybe he didn’t have enough time to bus in ACORN for this photo opt.

    Unfreakingbelievable!!!

  137. Another Obama lie exposed, but not called a lie. And did Salazar perjure himself?:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37863.html

    The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes pressed for an answer.

    “I’m also curious as how it is that you didn’t know about Ms. Birnbaum’s resignation/firing before,” Calmes said.

    “Well, you’re assuming it was a firing,” the president responded. “If it was a resignation, then she would have submitted a letter to Mr. Salazar this morning at a time when I had a whole bunch of other stuff going on.”

    “So you rule out that she was fired?” Calmes asked.

    “I’m — come on, I don’t know,” Obama replied. “I’m telling you the — I found out about it this morning. So I don’t yet know the circumstances, and Ken Salazar has been in testimony on the Hill.”

    An administration official explained after the press conference that Salazar told the President Wednesday night that he had decided to replace Birnbaum at the Minerals Management Service after the President told the Secretary to make sure that every person under him was “capable of doing the job he or she had.” [snip]

    Salazar, though, contradicted the White House version of events, telling the subcommittee that Birnbaum resigned on her own and calling her “good public servant.”

    “She did it on her own terms and her own volition,” said Salazar, who appeared to receive the news as he was being questioned by lawmakers. “She is a strong and very effective person who … helped us address a very broken system.”

  138. Carville was foaming at the mouth on 360, I’m not kidding there was actually foam forming at both sides of his lips, and he said that they’ve got a couple of days to get the situation under control and if they don’t next week hell is going to break loose. He said he was going to be this like “gravy on rice” and that he was not going away. Lots of talk about why Obama didn’t spend the weekend at the gulf on vacation instead of Chicago, and that he spent no time meeting regular folk… I’m buckling up for the ride, got my popcorn, I can only hope it’s a double feature and Rahm and Obama go out in a hail of fire.

  139. The story is falling apart detail by detail:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/sestak-was-ineligible-for-job-clinton-offered-95167459.html

    In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton. And indeed a look at the Board’s website reveals this restriction:

    The Board consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government. Members are distinguished citizens selected from the national security, political, academic, and private sectors.

    As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was not eligible for the job. And since the White House intended for Sestak to remain in his House seat, he would not have been eligible for the board after this November’s elections, provided he was re-elected to the House.

    The statement from White House counsel Robert Bauer did not specifically mention the intelligence board, but speaking to reporters Friday, Sestak said of his conversation with Clinton, “At the time, I heard the words ‘presidential board,’ and that’s all I heard…I heard ‘presidential board,’ and I think it was intel.” In addition, the Times reported that “people briefed on the matter said one option was an appointment” to the intelligence board. But the White House could not legally have placed Sestak on the board.

    Did the White House not know that? The apparent contradiction is sure to create more questions from Republicans who want an independent investigation of the affair. Why would the White House — normally pretty careful in such matters — offer Sestak a job he couldn’t take? Were there in fact other offers made to Sestak? So far, there has been little discussion of the fact that the Bauer statement said “options for executive branch service were raised with [Sestak].” The plural “options” certainly suggests that more than one job was presented to Sestak, but Sestak himself says his conversation with Clinton was very brief — less than one minute. Whatever the case, if the White House intended Bauer’s statement to put the Sestak issue to rest, it was probably mistaken.

  140. #
    Shadowfax
    May 29th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Admin- you’re on fire!
    _______________________________

    Yes, when BC is the moving party in all the days reports, he’s winding up for a Big One… Stay Tuned!

  141. Billy Nungesser of Plaquemines Parish on the Anderson Cooper show. Obama did indeed tell Nungesser to call him before Anderson Cooper. Cooper laughed and was incredulous.

  142. Sounds like Bill is pist and making a point at the split between the centralist Democrats and the ‘far left Obama Democrats’ with this one.

    I posted an email yesterday from Move on Dot Org that wanted Dems to go against centralist Lincoln because she did not ’support’ Obama’s agenda. Making it obvious that centralists are causing trouble and should be kicked out of congress.

    ================

    But Obama’s faction is NOT ‘far left.’ Obama is to the right of the Clintons on all the major issues sfaik.

  143. Anderson Cooper also confirmed that the “joke” about the helicopters taking pictures of him were true. Coming up is angry Carville saying he is going to stay in their faces “like gravy on rice”.

  144. #
    gonzotx
    May 28th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    May 28th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Anytime BC is called to the WH to help the fool on the hill, he is laying down with swine. I stand up re my statement
    _________________________

    OK- except when BC is helping him dig a deeper hole then- 🙂
    __________________________

    By the way, that was a “Hook Um Horns” salute behind the fool’s head.
    _______________________

    hahaha! Thanks for that- never knew there was an official name known as “Hook Um Horns” for the devil’s halo-

  145. #
    Mrs. Smith

    Admin- you’re on fire!
    _______________________________

    Yes, when BC is the moving party in all the days reports, he’s winding up for a Big One… Stay Tuned!
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    I am going to sleep in tomorrow and get the popcorn ready for another wild ride.

    Amazing how this morning started out with the Fraud’s photo opt in LA, and was put on the back burner by Bill Clinton.

    I am so glad to also see Carville’s hair on fire, all I can say to the kool-aid bots finally speaking out is…

    Where the hell have you been for the past two years when this crook stole the primary and you all carried him into the White House???

    Where were you when this A-hole passed the Hell Care bill to promote big Pharma and the Insur. Co’s???

    Where were you when American’s were dying here and all of you partied like it was 1999???

  146. admin
    May 29th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I’m up- guess it’s meant for me to watch Carville…

  147. turndown

    But Obama’s faction is NOT ‘far left.’ Obama is to the right of the Clintons on all the major issues sfaik.

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    Seems as though Move On didn’t get that memo. This is what their email said.

  148. #
    admin
    May 29th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Anderson Cooper also confirmed that the “joke” about the helicopters taking pictures of him were true. Coming up is angry Carville saying he is going to stay in their faces “like gravy on rice”.
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    Were they joking about prisoners showing up as Obama supporters too, or was that true?

  149. basement said:
    If [McGinnis] was up to something slimy or covert, what he’s doing wouldn’t serve that purpose. [….] He made a move to unnerve and see if he could get her to do something erratic.

    ==================

    Slimy and covert are two different things. A legitimate investigation into political corruption remains covert as long as possible. You gather evidence covertly so the target does not conceal the evidence from you.

    Only after you’ve got all the evidence you can covertly, do you make a move to unnerve the target in a legitimate investigation.

    Making a move to unnerve at or near the beginning serves the purpose of a slimy tabloid type book. Little evidence is actually needed — what you need is unnerving and other publicity as soon as possible. That is what fits McGinnis’s actions so far (unless he simply fouled up).

  150. Good to see James fighting the good fight again.

    This is like a Butch and Sundance reunion.

    Doing what they do best!

  151. It sounded like someone was saying Bill Clinton accepted Moveon’s description of Obama’s faction as “far left”.

  152. What the Clintons were blindsided by was Obama’s willingness to cheat and engage in scorched earth tactics. And there was nothing they could do, but try and win. So that’s what they did. There is no outmanuevering a cheat.

    As for this situation, Bill was probably sent to plead on behalf of unity for the Democratic party. He wasn’t there to offer a job so much as to make the case as to why Sestak shouldn’t challenge Specter. And if you needed somebody to talk someone into something, who would be better than Bill? That makes a lot more sense than Bill going out to offer him a job. You don’t need Bill for that. You do need Bill as a peace broker though.

    That Bill was thrown out so quickly suggests to me that there is some kind skirmish still going on between the two camps. I get the feeling that Obama is still searching for a way to get control of the Clintons. The Clintons have written Obama off, and are simply moving on to set things right. Obama would really hate that. But he’s an impotent little twit and fate already has his number. He’s done for. It’s over and there’s no coming back.

  153. love how Carville threw Michelle in there for good measure, bet she’s pulling some sleeves off those ugly ass dresses she wears tonight.

  154. I have question-

    What happens to the money, the millions of dollars in fines, the government charge companies like BP or Toyota, in the past Exxon, as punishment for the environmental damage.

    Whenever, I hear about the billions in fines going to the government for violations; I always have the feeling it’s going to hidden coffers of the WH occupant.

    The money should go directly to the people and the clean-up of the affected environment, rather than thrown down the government rabbit hole.

  155. Turn Down,

    McGinniss knows much more than you do about investigating corruption and malfeasance so you really aren’t in the position to critique him. You’ve never done it, much less done it as successfully as he has. Nor has he ever reduced himself to the kind of hysterical rhetoric that Palin supporters are engaging in. He’s not a tabloid journalist and never has been.

    I can tell you what he’s doing – he’s looking to see what she scurries to cover up. If she doesn’t scurry, then his job is tougher. It’s that simple.

    McGinniss doesn’t write tabloid books and he isn’t interested in Bristol or the Palins’ marriage. His interested in the oil deal. He’s not going to do anything to unnerve or hurt her children.

    This hysteria over McGinniss is just incredibly infantile. Stunning.

  156. I was thinking about Richard Clarke’s testimony about Clinton White House protocol when terrorist chatter was high. Clinton would meet daily with Clarke, the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Advisor to make sure that everybody had everything that they needed to adequately uncover the planned attack. The goal was to make sure there was no road blocks towards uncovering the plot. It was a very successful strategy for them.

    Now we have this BP oil gusher. Is Obama meeting daily with Lisa Jackson, Salazar, the heads of BP and other experts? Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to use that strategy to make sure that anything that could be done to stop the gusher had full support of the White House? Maybe they’re doing that, but I haven’t read it if they are.

  157. basement,

    The question would be, not how much McGinnis knows about investigation, but how much you know.

    If you want us to accept your valuation of McGinnis, you might begin supporting it by telling us how McGinnis treated scandal in his Kennedy book.

    McGinnis’ action has already caused psychological stress and damage to the children. Maybe you think this is acceptable.

  158. Looks like Anderson Cooper will be digging in with Carville. He just did a review of the workers who were seen on the beach when Obama was there looking over the damage. AC mentioned, the workers were said to be from a work release program.

    Anderson has been referring to this action by the president and the ad hoc workers as a “stunt” by BP-

  159. Turndown,

    Apparently, I have greater faith in the mental and emotional health of Palin’s children than you do. McGinniss will be a non-issue for them. He won’t impact their lives in the least.

    You can read McGinniss’ book on Kennedy yourself. I don’t care if you accept my assessment or not. The rhetoric surrounding his move is still infantile. I wouldn’t like it if I was Palin either, but it’s just ridiculous to reduce someone of McGinniss’s stature to tabloid journalist because you happen to like the subject of his inquiry. That’s the kind of shit that we all despise in Obots. It’s no more acceptable out of Palin supporters.

    The fact of the matter is that he is a highly esteemed journalist who managed to impact our national discourse with one of the most important books on politics in our nation’s history at the age of 27.

    Personally, I think the book will have little impact on Palin’s life or career. He will do the investigation on Palin that someone should have done on Obama. If she’s basically clean, she’ll be fine.

  160. basement,

    I don’t know whether your recent posts are sincere or not. They might be using a technique of attacking straw men, in order to get me to disavow those straw men thereby seeming to agree with you.

    Some of your statements also seem to assume omniscience, or at least infallible telepathy.

    There are many interesting points to debate here, if you’d care to take a more civil approach.

  161. chess pieces are slowly, silently moving around the board.

    Yeppers. Clintons are lining up support and reducing Obama to further irrelevance.

  162. From a comment at a WSJ article. Haven’t checked it.

    “Joe’s address is 7 Pine Tree Circle, Amherst MA, 01002. (413) 230-3064”

  163. From a comment at a WSJ article. Haven’t checked it.

    “Joe’s address is 7 Pine Tree Circle, Amherst MA, 01002. (413) 230-3064″

    ==============

    Of course his children’s address would be more to the point, or his underage grandchildrens’.

  164. Mrs. Smith, You still up?? I can’t sleep. I just can’t get this oil gusher and Sestak out of my mind.

    I do agree about those chess pieces.

    Why do you think they cleaned the beach before the “ONE” came, was he too good to stand in oil and dead fish and birds???

  165. Barry has to be out of his ever-lovin’ mind to go on vacation this weekend.
    ——————————–
    As hot as things are for him in Louisiana they must be even hotter for him in Chicago. I read somewhere that Jesse Jackson Jr. is making a move to take over the Chicago Machine. Daley is fading. Or else there is someone there he needs to see. Possibly Soros, or one of his people. Cannot confirm any of this however.

  166. wbboei, By the sound of what you are saying the “Don’s” are in full mafioso warfare in Chicago??? LOL!

    Where is Rahm??? In Israel when Bambi needs him the most. LOL!

    This is getting very interesting…I think Bill’s speech in Arkansa is very INTERESTING…looks like he’s telling it the way I have been perceiving it for quiet some time.

    You if Obama really wanted to look good they would not of cleaned the beach for him and he would have gotten on the airboat with Carville and with rubber gloves stuck his hand in the Gulf of Mexico…he would have had everyone eating out of his hand then…but the guy is just stupid when it comes to handling crisis…he is just a mouthpiece…that’s it.

  167. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/28/sarah-palin-neighbor-inte_n_594127.html
    ================================================
    This guy Guiness has about as much integrity as Obama. He makes a big show of moving in next door to Sara Palin, tells the world he is writing a hitpiece on her and now he is whining that she is stalking him. A business associate of mine was the US Attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, a writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article on him which was false and libelous and he sued the newspaper. He was able to prove malicious disregard for the truth which is the media firewall against such claims. He prevailed in the case and was awarded one million dollars. I cannot recall for sure at this point but I think McGuinness was the writer. I see that he is also a novelist, thus it is not unlikely that his penchant for writing fiction carriers over into his biographical works. He wants to be a celebrity.

  168. wbboei, By the sound of what you are saying the “Don’s” are in full mafioso warfare in Chicago??? LOL!
    ———————————————————————-
    Well . . . all I am saying is I read this somewhere in the last few days. Frankly, it is the first I have heard about Daley losing his power and getting out. Of course the Blago trial is scheduled for June so that may be the catalyst as well. But it has to be something like that or meeting someone really important to pull him away from the tragedy on the gulf. Especially when he is trying to make up lost ground and convinced people that he is taking the bull by the horns. Any normal politician would spend the weekend down there, meet the ordinary people and give them a sense that he cares about the tragedy that has befallen them. But just as all roads lead back to Rome this theory of inverted totalitarianism where the people do not count explains Mr. Obama and also the man who preceded him.

  169. wbboei
    May 29th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/28/sarah-palin-neighbor-inte_n_594127.html
    ================================================
    This guy Guiness has about as much integrity as Obama. He makes a big show of moving in next door to Sara Palin, tells the world he is writing a hitpiece on her and now he is whining that she is stalking him.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Heh. I assume everyone involved is spelling his name right. (Except me.)

  170. confloyd
    May 29th, 2010 at 3:53 am
    You if Obama really wanted to look good they would not of cleaned the beach for him and he would have gotten on the airboat with Carville and with rubber gloves stuck his hand in the Gulf of Mexico…he would have had everyone eating out of his hand then…

    =================

    Some time ago, didn’t someone complain that Obama wore a suit to a flood?

  171. wbboei,

    Except thee and me, apparently.

    [ raises glass ]

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  172. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37918.html

    A prominent Democratic strategist came out in defense of Sarah Palin on Friday, blasting a journalist who moved next door to the former Republican vice presidential candidate as having “crossed the line.”

    Mo Elleithee, a lead spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, argued in POLITICO’s Arena that Palin and her family deserved privacy in their home. Palin announced on her Facebook page earlier this week that investigative reporter Joe McGinniss, who is writing a book on Palin, is renting out a home next door to her Wasilla, Alaska, home.

    “I am no Sarah Palin fan. But on this, she is absolutely right,” Elleithee said in POLITICO’s Arena. “No public official should have to worry about a voyeuristic journalist peering into their backyard and kitchen window every day.”

    Palin took several shots at McGuinniss on Fox News host Glenn Beck’s radio show earlier this week, saying the journalist’s move up north has made her nervous about her children’s privacy.

    “Do your thing,” she said to McGuinniss on Beck’s show. “But keep your distance and you better leave my kids alone.”

  173. Wbboei, I am glad your bringing this up…I had no idea why all the sudden a trip to Chicago??? Do they have special Memorial day fun there, when your Potus the world has many vacation spots and I don’t think Chicago would be one I’d go to unless I had to tie up some loose ends. It is weird that he would go on the eve of the Blago trial.

    Where did Obama go last Memorial day, I think he laid the wreath last year, so now its boring and he doesn’t find it fullfilling anymore. Personally I am glad Biden is doing over over Bam Bam.

  174. Its just beyond reason that someone would have the audacity to move next door to Palin for a book…I hope Palin just rides him daily.

  175. BTW, why haven’t we heard from the Hollywood types about this oil spill? They are extremely quiet!

    Naomi Klein is trying a see the spill, she’s the only celebrity I heard of besides Kostner even coming to the kill zone.

  176. “Do your thing,” she said to McGuinniss on Beck’s show. “But keep your distance and you better leave my kids alone.”
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    He would be well advised to take Sarah’s advice. After all, he is on her turf now. To a gal who likes hunting bears and moose in the wilderness, McGuinniss would be small game. A little buckshot in his ass would send him scampering back to Massachusetts whining every step of the way. And who could blame her. It could be a simple case of mistaken identity. Arctic skunks grow 6 feet long in the Matanuska Valley where he is doing his stalking.

  177. The Clinton’s definitely have class and Sestak at least remembers their kindnesses, which is the opposite of that animal Axelrove. Hillary tried to help their daughter and for all her effort on behalf of their daughter, Axelrove daily belittled her and did everything possible to work against her.

    Apparently Sestak has a heart.

  178. yeah, I saw the WH memorandum on this one, and Bill’s name is prominently displayed, There and in WaPo.
    I loathe Obama’s mixing in the primaries. Look what they did to Paterson for the same reason. That being said, it’s not such a big story.
    The story remains oil-kill, even if the “R” don’t much want to go there for the obvious reasons.

  179. Something Stinks At the White House
    When it comes to the continuing Sestak scandal, the White House is up to their eyeballs in a cover-up. Major Garrett, Fox News’ chief White House correspondent flat-out asked the president to come clean at his press conference yesterday. He asked what did the White House know, when did they know it and who participated in conversations with regard to Congressman Sestak being offered a job in exchange for him agreeing not to challenge Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s primary.
    The president refused to answer Major’s question and instead promised that the White House would have a response soon.
    The president knew full well that the strategy was to release the shocking revelation that former President Clinton spoke with Congressman Sestak on the Friday of the long Memorial Day weekend and at a time he knew that the media would be focused almost exclusively on his trip to the Gulf for the BP oil spill disaster. The president himself is now participating in a cover up. It has long been the practice of presidential administrations to release damaging news on a weekend or better yet a holiday weekend when the public’s attention is elsewhere, hoping that the bad news would pass without major exposure.
    [I snipped the paragraphs critical of BC]
    www dot foxnews dot com/opinion/2010/05/28/bradley-blakeman-obama-sestak-clinton-memorial-day-rahm-emanuel/

  180. Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
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    ABC’s “This Week” — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.
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    CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Robert Dudley, BP’s managing director; White House energy adviser Carol Browner; Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Ed Overton, Louisiana State University professor of environmental studies.
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    NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Browner; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.
    ___

    CNN’s “State of the Union” — Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and David Vitter, R-La.
    ___

    “Fox News Sunday” — Dudley; Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Mullen.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100529/ap_en_tv/us_news_shows

  181. You have to wonder how the Dims get out of this one. However, I still see the subliminal antics of the media to protect him. Watching CNN yesterday I heard one of the commentators state “Presdient Obama, looking totally engaged”. It was a picture of him walking along the shore. This was to give the impression that he was totally engaged, as his critics state he is not.

    If he was totally engaged, he would have been from day one, and he would have cancelled his vacation. Oh, that is right, he has a young family, and they told him that his life with his family would not interfer with the positon he was playing as President. Boy this is so much harder than he was told it would be.

    Let’s face it, he was told he could shove any shxt he wanted down our throats, and this was a 9-5 job. HRC was just kidding about the 3 a.m. phone call, wasn’t she?

  182. Update on the NM Republican Primary race.

    The negative ads being slammed by the top two contendors, Allen Wey and Susan Martinez apears to be working in her favor. She came out with the initial ad stating that he supported amnesty. He came back and slammed her about a number of things. She complained to the Rep state chair. They looked at both ads, and stated her’s were based in fact, and his were not. Last polling shows that she has gone from 30% to 41%, and he has gone from 31% to 30%. Looks like she has used negative ads to her advantage. If she wins, it will be intereting to see how she proceeds agains the Dim candidate, Diane Denish. Diane is already running ads for the general.

    On Friday I was out running around. I ran into a couple who were Rep and who had already voted for Wey. They were furious about the position of the Rep Chair, and felt that he had endorsed the other candidate.

    Stay tunes, we just might have ourselves a Dem women running against a Rep women. I do beieve that will make histor.

  183. Sorry I do Beleive that will make History. I hate this keyboard. It appears that I type too fast.

  184. I think that what happened here is that Sestak gave an honest answer to a question he wasn’t expecting…..was caught off guard and probably did not have time to think thru the consequences.

    Bill is involved and as a lawyer, he had full knowledge of what he was doing. However, if he comes clean, he could come out OK and Hillary would have to break away also.

  185. The time is now. Make it public knowledge that there is a fight for the future of the democratic party and let the media start covering it and polling the issue.

    Bring it on.

  186. Has anyone realized that if they don’t cap this well and we have to wait for 9 more months for the relief well would mean to the size of the spill??? Its already huge, then we can multiply that size x 10 months. This is going to be the death of the Gulf of Mexico and they are doing nothing to vacuum it up or try to keep it off the marsh land or off the coral reef’s.

  187. confloyd, I am still worried about the other platform they said on 60 minutes was ready to blow.

  188. NMF, I did not hear about that one…is it close to the one that blew??? Something is just not right with this…the pressure coming out of this well are real high!

    I can’t understand why anything else is on the TV…this is a huge disaster!

  189. Many countries volunteered to come and help, but Obama only excepted help from CANADA, MEXICO and NORWAY….why the hell Norway???Soro’s home town. This sounds like the North American Union is already a reality by the looks at whose helping here.

  190. I was just watching Forbes News on Fox. One commentator said, we elected a President, and got a Princess, who’s feeling hurt easily ——–. I had to laugh, that was so obvious during the primary. It is like these people get paid 6 figures for things they should have said 2 years ago during the primary.

    We are also hearing, he has been in office now for 1 1/2 years, when it he going to step up. All he had done during that time period is give the Republicans video clips they can use in their Nov and later election. I don’t see how the Dims can turn this around at this point. He has had too many opportunities to show leadership, and flat out failed.

  191. confloyd, that was in that same show on 60 minutes that had that worker who had jumped from the platform and landed in the middle of oil. They had another whisle blower on who said there was another platform in the gulf that was in worse shape.

  192. BTW, the Bill Clinton angle to the Sestak story had been circulated by the White House well before Friday’s report release. Chris Matthews was briefed on background and he mentioned Bill Clinton on Thursday.

    No one should be foolish enough to believe that the White House did not want to throw Bill to the wolves. The White House figured, “give those Big Media dogs Bill Clinton and we’ll be in the clear”. But the dummies in the White House did not realize that Bill would only bring additional attention to the Sestak story and that Obama would still be the target of the chase.

    Watch Matthews in this video talk about Bill and the White House trying to wash it’s hands and “pass the hot potato to someone else” in this short video:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/05/27/matthews_obama_has_passed_sestak_hot_potato_to_someone_else.html

  193. They can spin this story anyway they want. However, if there is a special investigation, they will have to testify. I don’t think any of them want to be caught testifying to spin. They will be under oath. I will be interesting to see if it gets that far.

    Right now I view Sestak in the drivers seat. He has information that could very well bring down the administration.

    Some are spinning this as this is what always goes on in a political party. Funny, they don’t seem to bring up the rules and regs that Admin seems to know about.

  194. admin
    May 29th, 2010

    Agreed, admin- and only the foolish would believe Bill is guilty of breaking the law when interacting with Sestak. Bill Clinton might have asked him something as simple as: “let’s synchronize our watches,” but the wh thought their meeting note worthy of something more sinister. I Love when BC makes fools of the 2 bit players publicly.

  195. Admin,

    That’s that whole creepy, sociopathic edge this White House has. They rely on gimmicks and shenanigans and regard their short term triumph as a successful transaction. There’s always a little “gotcha” about why they aren’t culpable or guilty, or whatever. But they are more completely revealed with each instance.

    Obama really thinks he’s clever with this shit. I think what’s going to happen is that it will be revealed that Clinton was dispatched primarily to keep peace in the Democratic party and the offer he extended was entirely legal. What was ultimately offered Sestak by the White house may or may not have been legal but whatever it was, it came from someone besides Clinton.

    What occurs to me is that Sestak was asked if he was offered a “high level job” and that’s what he said confirmed without hesitation. But we usually don’t refer to unpaid positions as “jobs”. A journalist would be far more likely, in the interest of clarity, to refer to an unpaid position, as just that.

    Gimmicks. Gimmicks. Gimmicks. I think Obama is as untethered as Cheney.

  196. basement angel

    …That Bill was thrown out so quickly suggests to me that there is some kind skirmish still going on between the two camps. I get the feeling that Obama is still searching for a way to get control of the Clintons. The Clintons have written Obama off, and are simply moving on to set things right. Obama would really hate that. But he’s an impotent little twit and fate already has his number. He’s done for. It’s over and there’s no coming back.

    —————

    I hope, hope, hopping hope you are right with this…………

    Something big is changing, that’s for sure, and the media is turning on him………………finally.

  197. #
    wbboei
    May 29th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Barry has to be out of his ever-lovin’ mind to go on vacation this weekend.
    ——————————–
    As hot as things are for him in Louisiana they must be even hotter for him in Chicago. I read somewhere that Jesse Jackson Jr. is making a move to take over the Chicago Machine. Daley is fading. Or else there is someone there he needs to see. Possibly Soros, or one of his people. Cannot confirm any of this however.

    ————

    I’m still reading the blog, so forgive me if I talk about something that is brought up further down the thread…

    ……….also, didn’t Admin remind us that Blago’s trial starts in a few days? Maybe Barry needs to get his ducks in a row in Chicago for this too??

  198. basement angel said:
    I think what’s going to happen is that it will be revealed that Clinton was dispatched primarily to keep peace in the Democratic party and the offer he extended was entirely legal. What was ultimately offered Sestak by the White house may or may not have been legal but whatever it was, it came from someone besides Clinton.

    =======================

    I agree. Clinton knows the law. He wouldn’t stick his neck out by doing anything illegal on this.

  199. It is reasonable to assume that double crossing Bill Clinton will have adverse consequences for Obama. It is just possible that this little ploy to protect the naked emperor at all cost will provoke a civil war in the party after devastating defeats in the November election. At that point, the media will be compelled to change the narrative: he cannot govern and he cannot campaign, so what else is there? Or. one more election defeat like the one and we will be in the political wilderness for forty years. The Blago trial is likely to cast an unsavory pall over the Obama crew and bad economic news with false hopes of recovery is likely to continue. And of course the environmental disaster which he exacerbated by failing to act will persist and stand as a constant reminder of his failure in leadership. In sum, Obama’s decision to throw Bill to the wolves was the worst mistake he could have made.–one which he will pay for in spades. All the good luck he has enjoyed up to this point is over. The stardust is gone. Hillary should make her move, but hang around for awhile to watch him bleed.

  200. webboei

    …..In sum, Obama’s decision to throw Bill to the wolves was the worst mistake he could have made.–one which he will pay for in spades. All the good luck he has enjoyed up to this point is over. The stardust is gone. Hillary should make her move, but hang around for awhile to watch him bleed.

    —————
    I agree. The Clinton’s don’t need to attack Barry publicly, they can build up their troupes and watch Barry dig his own grave. That’s what he’s good at, narcissists don’t see the forest through their own trees.

    The frat party in the White House is over, clean up the trash and cold pizza off the furniture before you leave, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

  201. Question: if you were a democratic member of Congress, and you saw the putative leader of your party ask a former president to do him a favor, and then throw him to the wolves, how would that make you feel about your own situation? Would you trust him? Would you believe what he said? Would you stick your neck out for him? Or would you say if he would do it to Bill then sure as hell he would do it to me? And if you feared for your own career would you continue to support him? Or would you talk to your colleagues about the common enemy, and think about how he can be removed?

    Granted politicians are not like us. They may be a mile wide and six inches deep, but when it comes to their own survival they know instinctively when to get on the bus and when to step off. And if they say to themselves there but for the grace of god goeth I, then they will take steps to ensure that the threat is removed. It is in their nature. And, when their constituents are ready to skin them alive for ever supporting him in the first place, then incentive to stay the course disappears.

  202. On CNN, the commentators think that there is not violation of the rules. However, it will take it’s toll on O, because he said his government would be transparent, and on Health and now This they have not been. Everyone seems to be waiting for the first polling after this debate, as to whether it will hurt him.

    Another commentator said they should have offered the job to Spector, as Sestak polls a lot better against the Republican candidates.

    So, the hardcore people will see no wrong. Those getting tired of being on the defense about O, plus just weary about having to explain why he does not know the right action or answser, and why he has not been able to perform 1 1/2 years after election (brushing asside that he said he could perform at day one) will have to decide how much longer they want to carry this guy.

  203. NewMexicoFan
    May 29th, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    On CNN, the commentators think that there is not violation of the rules.

    =================

    There probably wasn’t, or Bill wouldn’t have gone near it. (Unless someone is making stuff up.)

    I think the great public that stood by Bill in the Impeachment (67% approval, was it?) will shrug this off as “When in doubt, investigate Bill” and “Ken Starr’s $50 million found nothing but a blow job, so you think Bill would foul up on this?”

  204. I am very concerned that we are going to see a full blown investigation with a special prosecutor once again. I feel particularly bad for Hillary who has worked so hard as SOS and now will have to deal with this crap again.

  205. And let us not forget how bambi practically committed hari kari to get his bff Caroline Kennedy in.

    Not to mention his payoffs to the superdelegates, theft of Hillary’s votes, meme’s ugly comments, etc…etc…

    It is all adding up.

    Transparency = 00000000000000%

    Lies & Skullduggery = 1000000%

  206. I am very concerned that we are going to see a full blown investigation with a special prosecutor once again. I feel particularly bad for Hillary who has worked so hard as SOS and now will have to deal with this crap again
    ————————————-
    jbstonesfan, I appreciate the concern and do not want to want to see history repeat itself. But I think Hillary is in a good position to step wide of this, since she has made it crystal clear that she is out of politics and is focused on solving the immense problems we have on foreign policy. I do not think her name will come up at all in this context. As to the issue itself, outside the beltway it is only interesting insofar as it further impeaches Obama’s credibility. Inside the beltway I doubt it will raise many eyebrows–other than the fact that Obama is throwing Bill to the wolves. The main theme will be Obama’s bin Lyn’n (Again). Legally, you and I agree this is not a huge deal. Bush’s attorney general agrees with us.

  207. I know Issa is on a jihad. But if I were advising the Republicans, I would tell them that if they are lucky enough to win back congress, they should focus entirely on getting this country back on track and ignore the tempatation to go on a political witch hunt. If they do otherwise, the public will say they have not changed, Obama’s poll numbers will rise, and all the gargoyles will come out of the woodwork. The best way to defeat Obama is to pass responsible legislation and dare him to veto it. That said, I am not sure they are smart enough.

  208. jbstonesfan
    May 29th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I am very concerned that we are going to see a full blown investigation with a special prosecutor once again.

    ================

    Investigating Bill? That should bring back memories of the good old days when all we had to worry about was a blue dress.

  209. Many countries volunteered to come and help, but Obama only excepted help from CANADA, MEXICO and NORWAY….why the hell Norway???Soro’s home town. This sounds like the North American Union is already a reality by the looks at whose helping here.
    —————–

    I guess becuase Norway has the most technical experience in deep water drilling from North sea….Mexico also dealt with the largest oil spill so far in 1979…canada since they are nearby and also have some special expereince….

    But I agree they have overlooked a lot of simple things…like getting many countries and oil companies ,under the command of the US navy , to send tankers and submnarines out to scoop up oily waters and then either separate it or burn it….that has been missing since the last 3 weeks especially and even if the leaked stopped today, they will need to do this for months.

  210. Correction: I would act to repeal Obama care however. I would substitute a bill that hit the issues that require immediate attention and build on it incrementally. I would regulate the insurance companies and allow cheap drugs to flow in from Canada, and remind the public of how Obama sold out to the drug companies over that issue.

  211. I think that article is materially misleading. I do not see a merger of the Clinton and Obama wings of the party. There are fundamental differences in terms of their respective constituencies, commitment to the American People, approach to business, donor base and the like. Professor Sabato is dead wrong in his assessment. Where he sees a merger, I see a schism. If there is any truce at all it is an uneasy one. And the Sestak matter will make it even uneasier. Also, the gulf disaster where Carville a Clinton loyalist is calling Obama out is probative.

  212. Obama has been on a fake Israel “love fest” for the past couple of weeks, meeting with and reassuring prominent Jewish groups of his support for the Jewish state. Obama’s Jews have advised him the dems will need our(Jews) support(i.e. $$$$$$) to have a shot at the midterms….Rat Emanuel just had his son Bar Mitzvahed at the Wesern Wall and promised Bibi a meeting with King Obama -one in which he would not have to sneak in and leave via the back door like last time..

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