On the evening of June 23rd, 1973, President Richard Nixon was vamping around the Oval Office with his main foil, Bob Haldeman. They were musing about what the recent break-in at the Watergate Hotel was about, and what the heck it might all mean. Nixon, as history has borne out, was clueless about the whole matter up to this point. But, then he said something that changed American history forever:
"Good. Good deal! Play it tough. That’s the way they play it and that’s the way we are going to play it."
What he meant was that he wanted the FBI and the CIA to back off any further investigation of the break-in because it might mean "opening up a scab" that would reveal a whole bunch of Kennedy stuff from the Bay of Pigs. You know, wink-wink, hush it up for "national security" reasons. It was a silly, childish thing to suggest. But, from that point on, one little lie led to another, that led to another, until a hot August morning over two years later, Nixon boarded Marine One a private citizen, winging his way back home to California as the first man to ever resign the Presidency of the United States.
Nixon never had any idea what was being done in his name, especially by his despicable counsel John Dean, except that the President wanted garden-variety dirt on his legions of political opponents. Grotesques like Dean used this desire against Nixon, until the dam broke that night at the Watergate. Nixon broke no law at the Watergate Hotel. He DID, however, engage in criminal conspiracy at the White House some days later.
Which leads us to Barack Obama and the upcoming Republican Majority in the House of Representatives.
Obama’s own John Dean, Robert Bauer, stated publicly last May 28th that Bill Clinton sauntered up to Joe Sestak and maybe sorta kinda offered him a job as a volunteer whatever:
"The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board. Congressman Sestak declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy."
…Which is interesting enough on it’s face. But then, last August 11th, ol’ Bubba himself weighed in with this little swipe:
"…he never tried to get Sestak out of the race and has never been accused of it."
Hmm. "Accused". That’s an eyebrow-raiser.
Some have said that either Sestak is lying, or Clinton is. The truth is, they could both be lying. Unlike the hapless Richard Nixon, it is obvious to anyone with eyes to see, and ears to listen, that this is an attempt to fix the outcome of an election (-a real, tangible crime), and that this effort goes all the way to the Oval Office, and that in all likelihood, it comes directly from the President and his Chief of Staff.
I hope that the incoming Republican Majority understands that this is a far more serious matter than the Executive Department trying to hamstring other members of the Executive Department, as was the case with Nixon. Obama is influence peddling, and he needs to called to account.