From the article:
It is not the same as proactively undermining the democratic process by trading taxpayer-funded jobs so that the president’s agenda isn’t inconvenienced — as if it were some regal privilege.
Yet there was White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs this week, breezily explaining, "The president has an interest in ensuring that supporters don’t run against each other in contested primaries."
Well, why didn’t you say that in the first place?
If the president has an interest in ensuring supporters aren’t infighting because it inconveniences him, well, please feel free to offer up government positions to clear the field in Colorado and Pennsylvania and wherever else and alleviate this anxiety.
The statute seems pretty clear in stating that any job offer made "directly or indirectly … to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity" is an illegal act.
Perhaps it’s a reflection of hubris of this administration, or perhaps it’s false sense of moral dominance over the debate, that it will admit to illegality (at worst) or a clear unethical transaction (at the very best).
No, this isn’t Watergate or Bribegate, and maybe this happens all the time, but let’s not downplay how sleazy it is.
The concept of “following the law” is alien to Obama and his Bolshevik sycophants. After all, to paraphrase Judge Dredd, “They are the law!” – at least in their overinflated egotistical universe.
Sleaze is Obama’s real middle name, dictatorship is his style.