“Stop Insulting Our Intelligence”

Every once in a while you find a Democrat pundit that is willing to turn away from the talking points, and be honest about their own party. Kirsten Powers does that here. When the White House finally had to confirm that they had indeed tried to get Andrew Romanoff out of the Colorado primary with an administration job, Kirsten remembered what the White House had said about it in September:

The Denver Post ran a story on the rumored job offer last September — but White House spokesman Adam Abrams said then, “Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration.”

Under the Bill Clinton standard, that’s true: There was no formal “offer.” But Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s e-mail outlined in great specificity three government jobs that happened to be open, should Romanoff (who’d previously been denied an administration job) decide not to run.

The White House’s reasoning is migraine-inducing: It insists it didn’t offer a job — but also that the president has an interest in influencing party primaries. But if the president wasn’t offering a job, then what was he doing to prevent a primary contest?

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He was offering a job. Stop insulting our intelligence.

But that’s not the worst. To justify the presidential interest in influencing party primaries, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday noted, “We went through a contested primary, and they aren’t fun things.” Huh?

By that logic, Obama should have been pushed out of the 2008 primaries to avoid a contentious fight and give the establishment candidate, Hillary Clinton, a walk to the nomination. At the outset, she was by far the favored candidate.

Powers really gets to the heart of the matter here:

Many Beltway talkers are claiming that the president actually has the “right,” as head of the party, to clear the field in primaries. Sorry, the only people with the right to choose a nominee are primary voters. We live in the United States, not some Middle Eastern dictatorship (or, apparently, Chicago).

When I voted for Obama, I voted for him to be president, not for him to use government jobs or perks to drive out qualified challengers in Democratic primaries.

A desperate need for more and more power is a disturbing thing to watch. This is why our government was designed the way that it was when our founding fathers first conceived of it. It is for the people to decide who represents them, not the White House. This President seems to have very little faith in the people. He seems to feel that he knows better.

He doesn’t.

Democrats (other than Powers) can brush this off as no big deal. But it is a very big deal. Not only is it illegal, but it spits in the face of Democracy. This should never be accepted, no matter which party does it.

crossposted at KathleenMcKinley.com

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