Monday, May 24, 2010

What did they know and when did they know it?

It was no shock that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) was ousted in last week's Senatorial primary. But who knew he was the White House's Democrat of choice for November's general election? Well that was indeed the case if you believe Joe Sestak.

Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral who defeated Specter in the Democratic Senate primary last week, months ago said that the White House offered him a job to stay out of the race.

Sestak refused to bow out then, and still refuses to say now what job was offered.

"I was offered a job. I answered that," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press. "Anybody else has to decide for themselves what to say upon their role. And that's their responsibility."

It's highly unlikely that any mainstream media outlets will continue to press the Obama administration on this matter, especially since there is no possibility of Karl Rove being frogmarched out of the White House.

But the intriguing question is why would the Obama administration prefer Specter over Sestak? As a member of the U.S. House, Sestak was pretty much in lockstep with Obama, Pelosi, et al on such issues as TARP, partial-birth abortion, health care, etc.

Is it possible that Sestak merely fabricated the whole thing because the Obama administration endorsed Specter? I guess. But that seems rather far fetched given that Sestak made these claims after he secured the Democratic nomination for Senator. So what benefit would he possibly receive for doing such a thing?

I'd like to think we'd be given a suitable explanation for this. Is that too much to ask of the most transparent Presidency in recent history?


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