Ticket Replay: Barbara Boxer opponent announces 3 Obama job bribes he'd accept to drop his challenge
During the holiday season, as in years past, The Ticket is republishing some of our favorite items from the previous political year. This story was originally published on June 5, 2010:
In an obviously effective attempt to attract free attention to his hopeless primary campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, California's Mickey Kaus has just announced the three backroom bribes that he would accept from the Obama administration to drop his challenge.
The Obama administration in recent days has been embarrassed to have to defend its job offers to at least two rebel Democrats challenging incumbent Democratic senators in this ominous midterm election year -- Joe Sestak, who successfully dumped incumbent, newly discovered Democrat Arlen Specter, and Andrew Romanoff, who's challenging troubled Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.
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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attempted to justify the employment buy-offs by painting them as routine political maneuvers and efforts to promote party unity.
Kaus, a pioneering political blogger, sees the bids differently:
"I always thought primary challenges were part of the democratic process, allowing a full airing of competing viewpoints and offering voters a choice. I'm challenging a three-term incumbent in order to provoke a debate over the misguided Democratic party dogma she reflexively embraces."
The candidate who claims to be no politician said he would accept no ordinary federal bureaucrat's job. However, he could be purchased by employment as:
--Head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to push for an actual physical fence on the Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants and to end the "anointed incumbent...Boxer's obsessive talk of amnesty, sorry, 'a path to citizenship'" that actually acts as a powerful lure for even more illegal immigrants.
--Second, Kaus kindly offers, Obama could put him on the National Labor Relations Board so he could thwart "Big Labor's attempt to add to their dwindling memberships by avoiding secret ballots in union organizing drives."
--Finally, Kaus offered to accept an administration job offer to the Department of Education to write "a scathing report" on California teachers' unions and their deleterious impact on the state.
Obama White House probe of Obama White House finds no Obama White House impropriety on Sestak
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photo: Kaus for Senate