Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff confirmed Wednesday that Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff, had suggested three administration jobs that would be available to him if he dropped his plans to run against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who had the support of the White House. – Andrew Romanoff: W.H. offered three jobs
Shocking! There’s politics going on in the White House. Too bad their efforts stink.
Whatever talent the Obama machine had during the primaries and general election of 2008 is nowhere in evidence lately. The vaunted organization, message machine and stealth that was once Obama’s biggest asset has collapsed in on itself. The trouble began back in 2009 with health care, when Pres. Obama let it spin so completely out of control that Sarah Palin’s “death panels” squeal beat the White House on messaging. It got worse when Obama allowed Ted Kennedy’s seat to go red, amidst losing Virginia, with a very bad candidate, then New Jersey. But the Senate races of Pennsylvania, with a kerfuffle surrounding Joe Sestak, with Arkansas and now Colorado, has proved that Obama can do his own election, but he and his team have proved incompetent on politics and the presidency. Their political message handling of the BP blowout was the crowning evidence.
This will no doubt bring a torrent of hand wringing and whining, but there’s nothing new about this, except for die hard Obama fans who thought he was different. They just didn’t look closely at how he got elected to the Illinois Senate. All’s fair in love, war and politics.
From the White House Press Secretary’s office:
Andrew Romanoff applied for a position at USAID during the Presidential transition. He filed this application through the Transition on-line process. After the new administration took office, he followed up by phone with White House personnel.
Jim Messina called and emailed Romanoff last September to see if he was still interested in a position at USAID, or if, as had been reported, he was running for the US Senate. Months earlier, the President had endorsed Senator Michael Bennet for the Colorado seat, and Messina wanted to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters.
But Romanoff said that he was committed to the Senate race and no longer interested in working for the Administration, and that ended the discussion. As Mr. Romanoff has stated, there was no offer of a job.
Obama’s White House political team is proving to be inept.