Your Sestak-Obama Path of Bribery To The Bottom Update
California Representative Darrell Issa (R) is going to do something about career criminal Joe Sestak and his bootlegging crony, Barack Obama. In fact, Issa wants a special council in congress to investigate the blatant criminality that took place when the White House may have offered Sestak a job, months ago. Issa reportedly tells anyone who’ll listen: “The attorney general’s refusal to take action in the face of such felonious allegations undermines any claim to transparency and integrity that this administration asserts.”
And, in the pile-on that has been the president’s last month or so in office, all the usual mouthpieces are having a field day calling for the scalps of those involved. We’ve spoken a little of that before. But it’s getting worse. Even Democrats, and those close to Obama, are jumping in if merely to get the damned nontroversy over with.
Dick Durbin (D-IL): “At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened.”
Issa: “I think it brings back the whole Nixonian question of: It’s not about what was done wrong, it’s about the cover-up…And right now there’s a cover-up going on at the White House.”
RNC Chair Michael Steele: “You can dance around that pinhead all day long, the fact of the matter is you’re going to get stuck by it…Is the congressman lying about what he’s saying? Well, he’s been repeating it all over the networks, so clearly there’s a discrepancy between his events and what he’s seen and what the White House saw or heard in those meetings.”
Now the people that don’t matter, unless you’re one of those insane people who spend their afternoon-into-nights-into-wee-morning-hours plopped in front of the paranoia porn festival that is Fox News.
Karl Rove, Fox News contributor: “That’s a violation of law. If you’ll get out, we’ll appoint you to a federal office. That’s a violation of the law. If he’s telling the truth, he needs to come forward with the particulars of it and — and — so that the White House can defend itself and the American people can figure out whether or not he’s participating in a criminal cover-up, along with federal officials.”
As Talking Points Memo Muckraker notes, Rove “knows a thing or two about politicized hiring,” who, the site notes, played a huge part in the U.S. Attorney Scandal during the Bush years (pause for: why do libs always bring up BUSH??? HES NOT IN OFFNCE NYMORE!!!). He weaseled out of various other scandals in the 2000s because of his position in the Bush White House, including the deliberate outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame as revenge for her husband, Joe Wilson’s correct accusation in the New York Times that the Bush Administration had pulled the rationale for the Iraq War out of their asses.
Dick Morris, worm: “It’s Valerie Plame only ten times bigger…That is a high crime and misdemeanor.”
Morris, besides being an all around gasbag, is best known for his work in the Clinton White House, specifically turning Clinton into a “moderate” and getting him re-elected. In 1996, Morris was caught letting a prostitute listen in on his calls with the president and he was let go. Since then, Morris writes books (with his wife) criticizing the Democrat of the moment and being a worm on Fox News, acting like he knows of what he’s talking. Of Morris’ many, many awful quotes from his writings, this may be our favorite due to its overwhelming tragedy: “Katrina has the capacity to shape the second Bush term in the same way September 11 shaped his first term—not only in rebuilding New Orleans but in taking preventative steps around the nation to bolster our defenses against natural and man-made disasters and terror strikes. Responding to disasters is a source of presidential strength and popularity, and Bush is about to show how it is done.”
Sean Hannity, television personality: “What did the president know and when did he know it?” We knew someone would throw that stupid rhetorical question out there at some point! Should’ve known it’d be the World’s Worst Douche.
TPM Muckraker has also talked to some legal minds concerning Sestak-gate. Long story short, they found, there is no story.
“People horse trade politically all the time,” Stan Brand, a prominent Washington criminal defense lawyer told TPMmuckraker. “So I don’t put much stock in this, and I don’t think its gonna go anywhere.”
Even those who used to prosecute public corruption cases agree. “Talk about criminalizing the political process!” said Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity unit. “It would be horrible precedent if what really truly is political horsetrading were viewed in the criminal context of: is this a corrupt bribe?”
Nevertheless, we love sleaze politics. It’d be nice if Pat Toomey was defeated in November but watching this thing play out helps us forget the world’s sadness. We’re willing to put up with the half-admission and truth shuffles for a little longer if you are, Joey-Joe-Joe.