[Italicized text corrects a misstatement in my original publication, which implied that the Obama team planned the paint balls.]
Peter Ferrera has speculated that Obama may be forced to resign before the end of his term. My email group rolled the idea around a little bit and then decided that it wasn’t likely. News today, however, makes it more likely that Obama will be embroiled in a scandal that, in terms of ripeness, melds the Teapot Dome and the Iran-Contra affair. The rot might seep beyond the tight lock the media has on the dissemination of really bad information (as opposed to their willingness to let their pique show at being ignored), and be sufficiently bad to outrage the public, drive in a Republican Congress, and open the investigation.
The Teapot Dome part is that yet another Democratic Congressman (this one from Colorado) has come forward to say that he was offered prestigious jobs in the administration in exchange for dropping out of the race:
The Obama administration dangled the possibility of a government job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
These officials declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations.
“Mr. Romanoff was recommended to the White House from Democrats in Colorado for a position in the administration,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. “There were some initial conversations with him but no job was ever offered.”
The new revelation of a possible political trade again called into question President Barack Obama’s repeated promises to run an open government that was above back room deals.
You’ll notice that, in the last sentence I quoted, the AP coyly makes this sound as if it’s just an image issue, a backroom deal at odds with Obama’s long-ago broken promise of transparency. In fact, these allegations, if true, are major — and felonious — violations of federal law. The end result that can that people close to Obama, or even Obama himself, take a nice vacation in Club Fed. (And, just to get you sitting on the edge of your chair, I have it on very good authority that more stories such as this one are probably going to be breaking this summer.)
The Iran-Contra part of the coming scandals involves the fact that it looks as if the Obama administration was somehow connected to the flotilla fiasco. Bruce Kesler raises the possibility that the insane paintball gun strategy that the Israeli commandos used as they boarded the ships resulted in part from pressure from the Obama administration. Combine that with the fact that Obama’s buddies, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, helped organize this “terrorist on the sea” cruise, and, as Ricky Ricardo would say, Obama has some ‘splaining to do.