The narrative on the White House's influence on the Democratic Senate Primary Race in Pennsylvania for 2010, has had a hard time getting squared. For a minimum of ten weeks Mr. Sestak ran his primary campaign on the notion that he was on the outs with the White House. He was independent. He was a man that Pennsylvanians could "trust" because he was "willing to stand up even to the President."
For ten weeks he continually bragged about how he turned down a "job" (to be specific) offered to him by the White House to not directly oppose Obama's favored candidate in the primary race.
As the issue continued to be pondered in the media the questions flourished. As the White House attempted to brush under the rug, any need for an independent look into the matter, Americans began to perk up their ears on what the potential conflict might be. And as the White House promised an explanation, the same day they were lunching with President Clinton, who less than 24 hours later would be implicated in the controversy, something truly began to stink.
Of course given enough time behind closed doors, two or even three people can invent a narrative that would suit their purposes. Of course issuing that narrative, not allowing White House spokespersons to veer from its written words would help "control" the story on a Friday afternoon before a major holiday.
Like so many careless things this President and his team have done politically, it seems the slop-job on cleaning up after the Sestak mess is getting messier than the oil spill in the gulf, and for good reasons. The story Joe Sestak told for ten weeks on the campaign trail, is very different from, the most recent report released by the White House on Friday. Pulling Bill Clinton in, one of the most well documented liars in elective political history, to be the fall guy is an easy way out. But not an explanation that seems all that credible.
As it has been examined in the past 48 hours or so even more questions begin to now emerge.
Why does the White House Memo refer to discussions--plural--if the story is that President Clinton had only one contact with Sestak?
Why doesn't the White House Memo clearly state that no job was in fact offered quid pro quo? Does not even the leaving of this large loophole in the middle of their own explanation allow them the legal room to maneuver even more if the public pressure becomes hotter rather than cooling off?