President Clinton's involvement alone tells anyone with a pulse the White House was trying to move Mr. Sestak off a very nice perch. We all know presidents aren't asked to lend their "personal touch" unless someone is at the end of his options and needs the highbrow nudge of a former commander-in-chief. And Mr. Clinton? This is the same guy who managed to get those in his party to vote for the largest tax increase in history in 1993. And the same president who passed sweeping trade and welfare reforms in the face of withering fire from the left.
Mr. Sestak was a thumb-sucker for Mr. Clinton. He is used to moving folks, especially members of Congress. The White House knew that. Why else would it send in such a heavy closer?
Frankly, I'm sort of shocked Mr. Clinton stooped to such a level. After all, earlier this month, he single-handedly helped his party maintain control of a House seat in Pennsylvania's special election to replace the deceased Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). Mr. Clinton was riding high as the party's secret weapon given his popularity and political legend status. Now, he looks like nothing more than a hooligan, hired to come in and bust the kneecaps of recalcitrant members such as Mr. Sestak.
Even Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell – a hard knocker by any standard – was scratching his head on this one. He said earlier last week that the drip-drip nature of this information is only undermining the White House and raising more questions than anyone cares to answer. And we know the administration's politicos have answers. That's probably why they're hiding and only surrendering bits at a time.
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