The Washington Post: Assessing the political fallout of the Andrew Romanoff revelation
The news that White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina penned an email to Romanoff outlining three potential jobs that might be available to the former legislator if he dropped his candidacy — if not making a specific job offer — came less than a week after the White House was forced to stamp out a controversy over the Administration’s attempt to drive Rep. Joe Sestak out of a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. (Sestak, like Romanoff, resisted the entreaties of the White House to step aside and went on to defeat Specter on May 18.)
Neither incident — on their face — amounts to all that much as this sort of horse-trading is commonplace in the rough and tumble of electoral politics. “Is anyone shocked that a politician offered to give a political job to a politician who helped him politically?,” asked Democratic consultant Paul Begala sarcastically. “Oh, my, I’m getting the vapors.”
But, context does matter in politics and, in the words of a senior party operative granted anonymity to speak candidly, the Romanoff story “creates a pattern when combined with [New York Gov. David] Paterson and Sestak”.
The fact that the Obama administration brought Chicago-style politics to D.C. (and just when you thought D.C. couldn’t get any worse…) is not news. The news is that it’s actually becoming common knowledge. Between Blagojevich, Paterson, Sestak, and now Romanoff we’ve got a litany of inappropriate and downright illegal behavior being revealed by Democratic politicians. And the MSM is even covering it.
Here’s to hoping the American people wake up to what they sent to Washington.