I’ll tell you what. The wheels are always turning inside that Dick Morris’ head. He thinks he’s got the mystery solved as to why the White House felt the need to bribe Romanoff into not running against Bennet in Colorado.
The Sestak matter was a no brainer. The White House promised to back Specter and “clear the field” if he flipped to the Dem side, thus securing a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.
But what was so special about Bennet? Morris explains:
Michael Bennet was no great friend of the White House. Having never been elected to a statewide position, he lacked a political base and was never a particularly strong candidate. He only got the Senate seat as an appointment to fill the seat vacated by Senator Ken Salazar who gave up the seat to become Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration. So why was the Obama Administration trying to clear the field for Bennet and assure him of the nomination?
The answer likely lies in the politics of health care. Bennet had been a question mark from the beginning of the health care debate. The Huffington Post reported, on November 22, 2009, that he was willing to lose his Senate seat if he had to in order to back health care reform. The Post reported that his dramatic announcement ended months of silence on the subject and relieved White House concerns that he was not going to back the bill.
Funny how Bennet’s announcement came less than two months after Romanoff was offered a job to drop out of the race!
If a connection can be documented between the offer and the vote (no other motivation seems credible) the transaction becomes particularly sickening. Trading a job for a vote is the crassest and most obvious form of bribery.
Just spit-balling there, but it’s a pretty decent theory.
After all – “crass and sickening” is what we have come to expect from this profoundly corrupt cabal of Chicago pols polluting our White House.