Setting the Record Firmly Crooked on the Sestak Affair

by Ryan on May 28, 2010

in Election 2010,Law,Politics

Yesterday, Bill Clinton and President Obama had lunch (I wonder if arugula was served…).

Well, magically, Clinton’s name suddenly appears in the Sestak Affair today!  Obviously, the lunch was to get their stories straight before Obama’s people could come clean on this issue.

So, in Obama’s latest document dump the Friday before a long holiday weekend, here’s what we’re being told:  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel talked to Bill Clinton who in turn called Joe Sestak last July to convince Sestak to get out of the Pennsylvania Senate race against Democrat newbie Arlen Specter in exchange for some kind of whatever on a Presidential commission or board of some sort.

Perfectly clear!  Phew, I’m glad everyone’s got their story’s straight so we can move along and pay no heed to any potential impropriety which may have taken place.

However, undeterred by this new revelation’s lucidity, Sestak’s Republican opponent Pat Toomey had this to say: “If this explanation is as innocent as it looks, I sure don’t know why it took three months to say so.”

If this wasn’t innocent, here’s what the law has to say about it:

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.

Even under today’s version of events, some impropriety likely took place.  I agree with those who believe that the Obama Nation is betting on the “everyone does it” and/or “it’s only a little law” argument to get through this.  Throwing Clinton under the bus, however, is an interesting twist.

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