Big or Small


Is the secret White House job offer to Congressman Joe Sestak, designed to get him out of the race that he eventually won against Arlen Specter, a big deal or no deal at all?

On first glance, denials by Democrats look credible – this, they say, is politics as usual. No big deal.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn’t satisfied with the White House’s explanation of the Sestak-Clinton imbroglio and is now charging the White House with possible “witness tampering.”

But behind every sleazy No Big Deal story is the cover-up waiting to be revealed. As a matter of course, the White House is working to ‘control’ stories every day. But control turns to “What did the president know and when did he know it?” when the story being fixed involves a potential crime.

The ranking member of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Issa told Fox News on Friday afternoon that he didn’t buy the argument made by White House Counsel Robert Bauer that Sestak was offered only a non-paid advisory position.

We’re told the job offered to Sestak by the White House was a relatively small potatoes gig, and that it came without pay – both statement designed to portray the matter as undeserving of further focus. But it was offered to Sestak by a former president of the United States, not via email.

“I see a lot of inconsistencies. Casual conversation, non-paid position, that’s very inconsistent with what Congressman Sestak said before and it makes us question whether there’s been witness tampering in this case,” Issa said.

And even if it’s true that this type of offer does represent Business As Usual, the American people are finally getting fed-up with BAU… especially from an administration that was swept into office in response to promises to change the way Washington does business.

“[A]t this point, 10 weeks later, lots of witness tampering or at least witness interrogation by people who are self-serving, we’re beginning to go down that same road” as Nixon, Issa said.

The Obama regime’s explanation is too convenient – too pat. Using Clinton created distance from the White House, serving to contradict the claim that this was a small matter.  The claim that the position being offered came without a salary seems to convenient as well, as if designed to make it seem less inappropriate.

He also accused the White House of coordinating its response with Sestak to get the story straight.

“Absolutely” they coordinated, Issa said. “We learned that they had contacted Joe Sestak’s brother, his campaign manager and they obviously did coordinate the statement.”

The story was released on the Friday before the holiday weekend, a bit of political stagecraft designed to suck the wind out of it. The White House is treating this like a very Big Deal.


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