Pennsylvania’s Blumenthal: ex-Admiral’s image of honesty, White House credibility torpedoed.
“We call this a bribe.”
Congressman Darryl Issa has had enough.
In a stunning, newly released YouTube video, the California Republican Congressman and member of the House Judiciary Committee has put together a Jobsgate montage of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak in a veritable orgy of denial, evasion, and just plainly obvious dishonesty that could do serious damage not just to the White House but the U.S. Senate candidacy of Sestak.. (Hat tip to our friend Ben Barrack, a talk show host on KTEM 1400 in Texas who maintains a website and; has written on Sestak at the American Thinker.)
The tape was released hours before Sestak and Gibbs were scheduled to appear as guests on Sunday national TV talk shows this weekend. In a statement released by Issa, who is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as a well as a senior member of Judiciary, the Congressman said:
For months, a United States Congressman has stated that the White House offered him a job in exchange for not running in an election — we call this a bribe. Despite being asked numerous times, the White House has not refuted Congressman Sestak’s allegations, but refuses to disclose who offered what and when. So this Administration, that pledged to be a beacon of transparency and change, continues to conceal from the American people the truth about what exactly was said and offered. Until we get direct answers, this White House doesn’t have a leg to stand on when they talk about openness and change.
During his Meet the Press appearance, Sestak was asked by moderator David Gregory in this fashion:
MR. GREGORY: Yes or no, straightforward question. Were you, were you offered a job, and what was the job?
REP. SESTAK: I was offered a job, and I answered that.
MR. GREGORY: You said no, you wouldn’t take the job. Was it the secretary of the Navy?
REP. SESTAK: Right. And I also said, “Look, I’m getting into this…
The “Right” answer would be the first time that Sestak has personally confirmed what has been long suspected — the bribe Issa mentions was indeed the job of Secretary of the Navy.
Meanwhile, over on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Obama press secretary Gibbs was saying this:
BOB SCHIEFFER: One final question. Joe Sestak who beat Arlen Specter and the White House, of course, was— was backing Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary up there. All these reports that the White House offered him some sort of job, some sort of post in the administration, if he wouldn’t run, would you tell us what— what post he was offered?
ROBERT GIBBS: Well, Bob, I— I’m not a lawyer. But lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak. And noting— nothing inappropriate happened. I— I think Republicans are continuing to dredge this up because if you look just a couple of days after this primary, the polling shows that Republicans are already behind in a very important Senate race.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Improper or not, did you offer him a job in the administration?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online