What Sestak originally said
From the Corner:
The Man Who Asked ‘The Question’ Speaks [Robert Costa]Yet now Sestak, agreeing with the White House official story line, says that all he was offered was an unpaid seat on some advisory council, which, furthermore, he would have been barred from taking so long as he remained in Congress. And we’re supposed to believe that the bare-knuckled Rahm Emanuel thought that such a meaningless “gift” would persuade Sestak to abandon his realistic chance of becoming a U.S. senator.
So Sestak looks at worst like a complete liar, and at best like an absolute moron who for months gave the public the impression that a “high-ranking … federal job” was offered to him, which sounds like something at least close to cabinet status, very possibly Secretary of the Navy (if it wasn’t Secretary of the Navy, why didn’t he just say “no” to that question instead of “no comment”?), when in reality all that was offered to him was some meaningless seat on an advisory board.
I would like to be able to say that Sestak’s conduct dooms him in the U.S. Senate race against Republican Patrick Toomey. But given Richard Blumenthal’s still high poll ratings in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race after the revelation of his lies about having served in Vietnam, such an outcome cannot be safely predicted.