Why The Romanoff Bribe? – A Theory

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.


Video: Reporters Still Asking Gibbs Questions About Sestak (Updated)

How The GOP Can Get Around The Sestak Stonewall

The Latest On The Sestak Bribe And Cover-Up

Sestak’s Statement Today Does Not Square With His Original Story

Expect A Friday News Dump From White House On Sestak (with updates)

Breaking – Jobgate II: Sestak Not The Only Dem Candidate Bribed By Obama White House?…

The Latest On The Sestak “Jobgate” Scandal: Who’s Going Under The Bus?

An Impeachable Offense (With Updates)

Joe Sestak, the Inartful Dodger

Video: So Who’s Wrong Part 2 – The Sunday Morning After

Video: Joe Sestak Answered Honestly

No Apology Necessary From McCartney For His Self-Beclowning Moment

I’ve refrained from commenting on Paul McCartney’s self-beclowning in the East Room at the White House, Wednesday night, because, frankly I was so disappointed that the  more conservative half (or so I thought) of the brilliant Lennon/McCartney songwriting team turned out to be, well…not so conservative. I probably should have known that, but I rarely pay attention to show biz news.

He apparently spent much of the night engaging in an embarrassing, (and now out of vogue),  leg tingling, obsequious manner:

McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert.  “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” McCartney said letting his praise trail off as if there were vast volumes left unsaid.

And to add insult to injury, his thoughtless, cheap shot at President Bush could not be further off the mark:

“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.

As Mark Hemingway pointed out at the Washington Examiner:

…it would also be good to have White House guests who knew that the former president’s wife has masters degree in library science and worked as a librarian. There’s even a grant program at the Institute of Museum and Library Services called the “Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program” which awards grants of up to $1 million. Here’s the bio from George W. Bush’s archived presidential webpage — “Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher.”

We get it. You think the former President is dumb. But Bush and his wife in particular have done a lot to support literacy and libraries. The joke would be in poor taste on any occasion, but it’s made worse by revealing McCartney’s own ignorance.

An unamused John Boehner made the following statement :

“Like millions of other Americans, I have always had a good impression of Paul McCartney and thought of him as a classy guy, but I was surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he displayed at the White House,” Boehner told HUMAN EVENTS.  “I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”

What was he even thinking? Why would he so carelessly tarnish his own legacy? Doesn’t he realize that  large numbers of Americans are reeling in disgust by his behavior?

Frankly, I don’t care if he apologizes or not. He has revealed to the world what a small, foolish man he is.

I was once a huge fan…but now, to quote Mr. Darcy: My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.


Cuffy Meigs: Video: Hey Crude

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, Villainous Company, thanks!


Video: Free Gaza (From Hamas) + Flotilla News Roundup

This video pretty much speaks for itself:

Video via: Uncoverage

See also Doug Ross’ picture essay: The Horrifying Toll Of The Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza.


Report: Israel Considers Relaxing Gaza Blockade With International Naval Force to Inspect Ships…

Charles Krauthammer writes in his oped today at National Review that Israel can no longer defend itself, as all means for doing so have been condemned by the international community:

1.Forward defense – fighting wars on enemy territory rather than its own.

2. Active defense – military action to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat

3. Passive defense – the most benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament.

But, if none of these are permissible, what’s left?

Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense.

The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, six million — that number again — hard by the Mediterranean, refusing every invitation to national suicide. For which they are relentlessly demonized, ghettoized, and constrained from defending themselves, even as the more committed anti-Zionists — Iranian in particular — openly prepare a more final solution.


Andrew Klavan – Fun with Anti-Semitism


Some surprising clarity on the Flotilla incident from Washington’s “one man gaffe machine”.

Will three times be a charm for this “peace activist” who wants to be a martyr?

Linked by Michelle Malkin, Buzzworthy, thanks


Rightwing Racist Haters? Not so Much.

First you read the title:

“Iraqi assaulted in Denver; suspects face hate-crime charges”

…and, after pitying the victim, you think: “Oh no, the libs will have a field day with this one.” Then you read the lede:

“Two Centennial men face hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting a hookah bar employee early Monday because he is from Iraq, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.”

…and you think: “Oh man, the libs are going to be calling all conservatives war-mongering racists for years hereafter.” But then you read this:

“The victim told police the men said they were from Saudi Arabia.”

Oh. Couldn’t they have mentioned that a little earlier? Almost seems like they wanted people to misinterpret it, or at least that they were so bound up in political correctitude that they were reluctant to specify the actual form of the hate crime.

In any case, I’m betting CAIR will keep this in their “hate crimes against Arabs” database, using it to complain about their persecution in this country.