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Anybody left who hasn't been offered a payoff job by the Obama White House, please put out your hand

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As a public service, The Ticket today is officially launching a comprehensive list of Democrats who have not recently been offered jobs by the Obama White House to not do something. It can't be too long a list, so just leave your names in the Comments section.

Wednesday's revelations by yet another Democrat running against yet another Obama White House Democrat favorite that he was offered yet more jobs to abandon his inconvenient electoral effort have raised the stakes in this evolving midterm election year.

Already we know that Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak was offered an administration job if he'd self-destruct his primary challenge of Sen. Arlen "Remind Me Again, What Party Am I In Today?" Specter.

Surprisingly, a thorough White House probe of itself found no improprieties in what it called several unpaid-job discussions between Sestak and a secret emissary we'll call Bill Clinton.

Alas, they didn't get their stories straight because Sestak says one conversation occurred with....

...the famous spouse of a federal employee and Obama's minions say several chats were had.

But in the one-party world of Chicago politics that produced the Obama-Emanuel-Jarrett-Axelrod Oval Office cabal, these are meant to be overlooked as the kind of routine, midweek political arrangements that they are back home on Dearborn Street. Seriously, who wouldn't take care of their faux friends in this rough-and-tumble world? It's only taxpayer money.

Now comes Colorado's former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (see photo right), who like everyone else in the contemporary American political world can read the tea leaves prophesying an autumn Armageddon for incumbents.

Colorado Democrat Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff

So Romanoff spots Obama's melting political clout and defies his party chief to challenge Colorado's incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in the Aug. 10 Senate primary.

Bennet was handed the Senate job by Gov. Bill Ritter when Ken Salazar was handed the Interior Cabinet job by Obama in anticipation of his exceptional handling of the ongoing Gulf oil spill. You're doing a fine job, Kenny.

Colorado's Bennet like numerous doomed Democrats this year voted to pass Obama's healthcare bill, which only 61% of Colorado voters now want repealed.

The defiant Romanoff -- hey, it worked for Sestak -- says he had three possible jobs dangled before him if he quit the Bennet challenge courtesy of Jim Messina, who already has an Obama job as Emanuel's deputy.

A trio of suggested, possible, maybe, who-knows, it-might-be-arranged jobs for Romanoff may not actually matter much because Romanoff turned them down and right now former Lieut. Gov. Jane Norton, a Republican, is beating either of them in recent Rasmussen Reports polls.

Does anyone else notice an emerging pattern of Obama job-handing here that's creating state-level political chaos for his Democratic party? In December the Really Good Talker campaigned for Martha Coakley's  Senate bid in Massachusetts and helped send Republican Scott Brown to the chamber, blowing the Democrats' 60-seat majority..

Now, Democrats could well lose Salazar's once-safe Senate seat on Nov. 2, a key part of the party's once-promising inroads into the Republican Rockies.

In 2009, Obama would have vacated the New Mexico governor's chair by his attempted appointment of Gov. Bill Richardson as Commerce secretary as payback for that timely primary endorsement. But Bill withdrew under an investigative cloud.

However, Obama's 2009 man-caused nomination of Janet Napolitano as head of Homeland Security did hand the Arizona governorship to Republican Jan Brewer.

Her signing and vigorous championing of that state's new illegal immigrant legislation has made Brewer an overnight national conservative hero, united 82% of Americans against a proposed boycott of Arizona, virtually guaranteed her come-from-behind election in November and shone a brilliantly embarrassing klieg light on the feds' ongoing inability to even secure a border with Mexico, let alone one between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After initially shunning her outreach, Obama has found time in between vacations for a White House meeting with Brewer this afternoon. It didn't work on Joe Biden, but maybe Obama will offer Brewer some kind of administration job to shut up.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press; Romanoff's office.

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We all knew he was inexperienced, an inveterate flitter from position to position, eternally striving for the next rung of glory without ever making a decision that could be pinned on him. And we all knew he was from Chicago.
Any surprises?
He was elected for three reasons: 1) pretty face, 2) reads speeches prettily, 3) not GWB.
Great recipe for a leader....

It is amazing how so many people ignored Obama's record and associates and elected this flim flam man

Finally, someone is reporting

Good article

Is that a picture of someone burning the garbage you write?

Patti S. Werner

Wow. Thanks for the article. This, along with Peggy Noonan's piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled He Was Supposed to be Competent are excellent contributions to the otherwise unbalanced drivel I read on Obama and his soon to be legacy of inaction. Perhaps he is smart. After all, he is a Harvard lawyer. Perhaps he is a glib, even gifted speaker. But he does not seem to be able to lead. (and I voted for him...)
We need leadership. Action. Decisions. Instead I see only toddler-like finger-pointing. Look, that Arizona law might insult some people! Look, that oil spill is BP's fault!
I too, applaud Gov. Brewer. She is DOING something for her state. However controversial (though the vast jamority of citizens support her measure - the press and government seem to keep the "debate" alive) she has taken a stance and wants to SOLVE the problem.

Why would an unpaid job be an inducement to give up one's realistic aspirations? Some of these guys have a good chance to make it into a pretty exclusive club (the US Senate).

i love Top of the Ticket. it's good to read some interesting commentary on politics which is much less slanted and wittier than what is found in the regular LAT.

I wasn't offered a job exactly, just a whole lot of goodies at the expense of another. "The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." -- corruption is bred when politicians treat public funds as personal treasuries to be used to bribe others to shape policy. This corruption can only have one outcome, our only hope is that the bill does not come due in our lifetime. Politicians play each side against the other for generations, each committing crimes to be dismissed by the cries of "Partisan politics". I am given hope by the possibility of a large number of incumbents losing office next election. My new motto is "Re-elect No One".

At any other time, this would read like a great sitcom. I do hope I'm laughing in November...well put Mr. Malcolm!

(AM responds: Thank you. Thank you. Send over your friends. We'll write more. :--)) )

So what kind of job could we offer Obozo in return for not running in 2012? Hillary Clinton wants to know.

That was some great writing, Andrew! Never saw your blog before today but I am a new fan. By the way, can you think of any way to initiate a class-action divorce action against Al Gore? There's a couple hundred million people who, like Tipper, want him out of their life : )

(AM responds: Well, Derek, this is grand news indeed. Maybe I'll make you secy of the Navy for this. Clever idea on the class action suit. One tip: You won't find much on him here. Thanks for joining the growing crowd. And please feel free to spread the word to your pals.)

This has got to be the most corrupt White House since the Nixon years, and the most incompetent since Jimmy Carter. We need a special prosecutor.

I for one am outraged by Obama's actions. Imagine! Attempting to appoint someone to a government position who just so happens to be running for the U.S. Senate against your daughter! The nerve of Obama!

Oh, wait. That was Reagan, wasn't it. Pardon me. Sometimes I should just keep my shut I guess.

I would happily run for office in order to acquire some cushy job offers on the public teat. Is there a line, or some kind of form I need to fill out?

Perhaps I'm missing something, but is this supposed to be a huge story? Presidents have been doing this ever since Lincoln put his main political rivals into his Cabinet. Since just about every candidate for an executive branch office is going to be someone who might be considered a candidate to run for office one day, it would be hard to find an appointee in any administration who wouldn't be able to make a similar claim.

And then there was the attempt to enforce K. Gillibrand as NY Senator and to force Patterson out of the running for NY Gov. The list goes on.

Is Romanoff a descendant of Tsar Nicholas Romanoff,famous for all kinds of
orgiac excesses? Mr Malcolm's humor and sagacity are most welcome in
shedding light on some of the skeletons of the present admin who enjoys
a most shocking complicity from the lame stream media.We need more honest
and well written bloggers of Mr Malcolm's high caliber.

Thanks, Andrew. Always good to get the official Republican National Committee take on things.

(AM responds: Glad you're pleased, though clearly you don't know what an RNC talking point is. Great to have all kinds here.)

I'm not surprised the Obama administration is offering payoff jobs to demos to drop out of some primary races. Obama has a habit of lying and cheating to get what he wants. He bribed members of the demo senate to get their votes to get his obamacare passed. If accused of wrong doing, he will deny it and say I'm the president.

Wow, what a great strategy for a job! You too can find work at the White House! Just run for office against an Obama pick--why are all these guys saying "no"???

I live in New Jersey and have not yet been offered a job by the White House if I don't run against my House Representative, Rush Holt.

I plan to run against him in his Liberal district by exposing his relationship to "Rush Limbaugh". Rush Holt .... Rush Limbaugh ... there has to be a close connection.

Perhaps Brothers or a close family relationship.

I will step down if offered some minor position ... Secretary of the Army, or Ambassador to France ... even a guaranteed position of NJ Turnpike "Toll Collector" if the timing is right.

As with other Democrat candidates ... "I can be bought" ... at an affordable price.

I eagerly await the offers from this Administration.

But I will only state to the press that "It was an unpaid position." and "It was just a suggestion."

The "Rush" Holt ... "Rush" Limbaugh campaign will begin shortly ... so get the offers in now.

This is the "discount" time period.

A few months from now, I might even demand Secretary of State or "Teleprompter writer".

Now we know what Obama meant by "Yes We Can". It must be an old Chicago politics phrase.

Figuring out who else the White House tried to dissuade from running should not be hard ... just look at any competitive (or non-competitive) Dem primary race and ask the challenger whether they ever had such a discussion with a member of the Administration. Thinking there are only two of these is like pretending that Bill only got busy with Gennifer (remember her?) and Monica and no one else.

Most of the pro-Obama comments come down to "they all did it". Which is exactly what Nixon's supporters were saying during Watergate.


The 'argument' of "others did things like this before, so what's the big deal?" are not adequate defenses of this Administration's penchant for lying, naked cronyism, demagoguery, back-scratching and horse-trading, closed-door-dealmaking and corruption.

This guy, remember, ran on a platform of CHANGE. That is, CHANGING the way Washington worked. The most honest, open, ethical government IN HISTORY, we were told. Over and over. And over.

He's done no such thing, nor did he have the intention of doing any such thing. Nor did his party have any intention of living up to their hollow promises told to a public eager to move on from the Bush years.

The Democrats are actually WORSE than the Republicans in this respect, because the Democrats' corruption is tinged with an heir of astonished incredulity at the very suggestion that they're being hypocrites or they're doing something wrong.

Blaming Bush, Reagan or Nixon won't save Obama. He's supposed to have CHANGED everything. But he's instead just as bad, if not worse, than his predecessors.

How's that HOPE AND CHANGE working out for you O-bots now?

Obama is contemptible!

Andrew: Thank you very much for writing one of the funniest articles that I've read in a long time! Besides being full of great truth, your humor has made my day! Great job - keep up the fine work!

(AM responds: Thanks very much, Steve. Glad to hear it. We try to do this often. Hope you'll return often and spread the word to friends. Thanks again.)

very sorry I voted for obama.I did not think it could have gotten worse than it did with bush. Our country is going down the toilet. Thank's to him and the people he has hired.

Jeez, I could use a job right now. Heck, at the rates you guys pay, even a couple weeks would be good. If you pay enough, I may even take a jail hit for someone.

ONE ? wow.. Reagan was a dog ! :-)
hope he doesn't get 4 more years & straighten up the economy. Oh ,No .. wait.. yea that's right,HE DID ! & as I recall he didn't whine about what the former prez did day in and day out.. he got down to business !
O is a looser !
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I for one am outraged by Obama's actions. Imagine! Attempting to appoint someone to a government position who just so happens to be running for the U.S. Senate against your daughter! The nerve of Obama!

Oh, wait. That was Reagan, wasn't it. Pardon me. Sometimes I should just keep my shut I guess.


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