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As Obama travels for his Chicago home to the Louisiana coast to view his the damages from the BP Oil crisis, as the press day winds down into a holiday weekend, the “transparent” Obama White House has released its “version” of the circumstances surrounding the alleged job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa) in exchange for him NOT running against Arlen Specter for the US Senate race.
The White House version shows Pres. Bill Clinton playing the role of “old time” party boss making the overture to Sestak. Presumably, Clinton was acting at the behest of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a former Cinton White House official. This report follows after Clinton lunched with Obama at the White House prior to his first press conference of 2010 on May 27th.
Does this end the Sestak matter, or will Sestak’s expected statement cause more heartburn at the White House?
“I’m going to treat you like a lady,” Mr. Specter shot back. “Now act like one.”
Carly Fiorina is poised to give Mrs. Senator Barbara Boxer a great challenge for her California Senate seat, and we know that Arlen Specter and Chris Dodd are fighting to keep their jobs as career Senators. Dr. Rand Paul, son of liberterian Rep. Dr. Ron Paul, is mounting a Republican primary challenge in Kentucky. But the most watched and reported race is the Republican primary battle between Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist against the Republican’s “rising star” Marco Rubio. Receiving emails from the campaigns of each of the candidates, on both sides, and watching the media coverage, Florida is a great race to watch.
Today’s Florida Senate race story shows that the Governor is starting to react to the fact that Rubio has narrowed Crist’s lead in the polls, despite Crist’s backing from the state’s Republican Party and the Republican Senate campaign Committee:
The Miami Herald
A Real Senate Race
By Michael Putney
No more Mr. Nice Guy? Nah, Charlie Crist is constitutionally incapable of not being a nice guy. But he’s capable of getting P.O.’d at Marco Rubio and irritated with the media over what he sees as their kid-glove treatment of his GOP Senate challenger.
Conservative opinion-shapers have been talking up Rubio as the only real Republican in the race. Rush Limbaugh recently mentioned Rubio and Reagan in the same breath while George Will, in his syndicated column and on ABC’s This Week, has praised Rubio’s intellectual heft and conservative bona fides.
Just a couple of months ago the notion that Crist could be beaten in the primary, much less the general election, was laughable. Except for Rubio, a 38-year-old Cuban-American lawyer from Miami whose political career appeared to have peaked as speaker of the Florida House.
Now, thanks to a lot of hard work, a shrewd strategy and a message that resonates with disgruntled conservatives, Rubio is gaining ground. Crist, by his own admission, is going through a “rough patch.”
The Hug that Gov. Crist cannot Shake!!
The rough patch, of course, is entirely of his own making. It was Crist who went on CNN and told Wolf Blitzer he didn’t “endorse” the president’s economic-stimulus plan. “Heck, I didn’t have a vote on the darned thing.” But Crist, as the whole political world knows, wrote ecstatic letters to the president praising the stimulus and gave Obama a big abrazo in Fort Myers last February.
for the full article: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-views/story/1360987.html