Rep. Joe Sestak, winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, is refusing to provide more information on what job he was offered by a White House official to drop of that race, although he confirmed again that the incident occurred.
The White House was backing incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the primary. Sestak acknowledged in an interview in February that he was offered a position by an unnamed White House official – a potential violation of federal law – but has not offered any specifics on conversation. Republicans are trying to use the issue against Sestak in the November Senate race.
“It’s interesting. I was asked a question about something that happened months earlier, and I felt that I should answer it honestly, and that’s all I had to say about it.” Sestak said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon their role. That’s their responsibility.”
Yet Sestak confirmed to NBC’s David Gregory that the incident did take place.
“I was offered a job, and I answered that,” Sestak said. “Anything that goes beyond that is for others to talk about.”
Chris Matthews: The thrill is gone
Capitol Hill Blue
Chris Matthews, the bombastic MSNBC talk show host who used to say President Barack Obama sent a thrill up his leg now says the nation’s first African-American President “scares me.”
Matthews, appearing on the “Tonight Show” says Obama’s lack of leadership in the the Gulf Oil spill crisis is frightening.
Matthews asked: “When is he actually going to do something?” The talk show host and one-time aide to late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill added that the President has “been acting a little like a Vatican observer.”
Matthews transformation from Obama lover to critic highlights a growing dissatisfaction with the President that crosses both party and ideological lines.
Obama’s lack of leadership has already cost the Democratic party support of independents who helped put him in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress.
When cheerleaders like Chris Matthews head for the lifeboats you know the good ship Obama is taking on water and sinking fast.
Canada Free Press
Both Neo-Liberalism and traditional Islam present unmistakable hallmarks of Fundamentalist thought. (Neo-Liberalism defined here as the early 20th century attempt to hide socialism behind the term “liberalism.”) Arguably, the main fixation behind both ideologies is controlling others, seeing to it they obey all the rules. In other words, both have a predilection towards totalitarianism. This is clearly seen in regimes like Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. Both socialists and Islamic fundamentalists assume a judgmental, condescending tone when preaching. Such doctrinaire attitudes result from accepting a false fundamentalist world view.
Socialism is easily differentiated from true, ie “Classical” Liberalism. The latter was the default world view of freedom-seeking Europeans during the American Revolution, based on the ideas of Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Paine, Calvin, Puritan Revolutionaries, etc. These convictions center on self-reliance, limited government defending the rights of man, and bolstering freedom – wherever possible. The world view of Classical Liberalism is well-represented by Locke’s observation that the task of government is increasing people’s freedom.