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Obama White House stops blaming Bush long enough to blame Bill Clinton

May 28, 2010

Ah, so the “job offer” made to Joe Sestak was all innocent, just people talking, with at least three layers between Sestak and the president, and the “job” wasn’t really a “job” after all.

It’s always fun when a weeks-long “internal investigation” turns up a really simple explanation:

The White House used former President Bill Clinton to offer an unpaid advisory position to Rep. Joe Sestak in hopes of persuading him to drop his Pennsylvania Senate primary challenge to President Barack Obama’s favored candidate, according to an internal report issued Friday.

…White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enlisted Clinton’s help as a go-between with Sestak. Clinton agreed to raise the offer of a seat on a presidential advisory board or another executive board if Sestak dropped his bid, “which would avoid a divisive Senate primary,” the report said.

So if that’s all it was, why all the hem-hawing and non-answering and hoping the story would just go away? Why not just answer the question?

Doesn’t Bill Clinton read the blogosphere? Why didn’t he just come up and answer?

Why didn’t Sestak just say so?

And another thing: if Clinton was asked to do it, doesn’t that make it more likely that Obama knew all about it?

And another thing: just because the position is unpaid, does that mean it has no value?

If they’d come out with this two or three weeks ago, this story’d be done by now.


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