DOES ANYTHING GO RIGHT WITH THESE CHAPS? – AT 8:53 A.M. ET: The Obaman White House is beginning to resemble Nixon's bunker. Now there are new questions regarding a possible bribe to get a guy out of a primary race. From Fox:
The White House faced fresh questions over back-room dealmaking after the White House acknowledged one of President Obama's top advisers had suggested to a Democratic candidate the potential for an administration job in lieu of challenging the candidate whom the president favored in the Colorado Senate race.
Former Colorado House of Representatives Speaker Andrew Romanoff on Wednesday night released a copy of an e-mail in which White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina described three federal international development jobs that might be available to him if he were not challenging Sen. Michael Bennet for the Democratic nomination.
"He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions," Romanoff said in a statement. "At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request Mr. Messina's assistance in obtaining one."
Oh, come on. Please. Why did Messina send that e-mail? Was he practicing his computer skills?
Earlier in the day, a White House official said no formal offer was ever made and insisted there was nothing inappropriate in the contacts -- rhetoric similar to the explanation given last week when the White House admitted it orchestrated a job offer to Senate candidate Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania primary.
COMMENT: One case you can maybe explain away. Two cases? I don't think so. At the very least, it's sleazy. However, it's possible that no laws were broken. In that case, the press will cover for Obama and the Justice Department, under the proprietorship of one Eric Holder, will refuse to investigate.
Look, this is Chicago politics on a national level. In Chicago, everybody's doin' it, doin' it. Maybe this White House saw nothing wrong in dangling these possibilities before greedy eyes. The American people, we trust, will see things differently.
June 3, 2010