Friday, May 28, 2010

White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race

It's always hard to muster any sympathy for Rahm Emanuel, but especially so when he uses Bill Clinton to fight against the progressive candidate. At any rate, the so-called bribe was an unpaid position; it's hard to see how this fulfills the right-wing dream of an impeachable scandal:

President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday. . .

In tapping Mr. Clinton as the go-between, Mr. Emanuel picked the party’s most prominent figure other than Mr. Obama and someone Mr. Sestak had worked for on the National Security Council staff in the 1990s. Mr. Sestak endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton against Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential primaries, and Mr. Clinton was one of the first to call to congratulate him on his Senate victory last week.