Liz Cheney: Sestak Situation “Smells Funny”
Should there be an investigation into the ethics of offering Sen. Joe Sestak a job, hoping to entice him to drop out of the Pennsylvania senate race? Liz Cheney sure as heck thinks so! And she wasn’t shy about saying so on Fox News Sunday, telling Chris Wallace, "Look, I think there are some things that clearly rise to the level of needing independent investigation. And what you have had happen here, obviously is the White House put out a statement the Friday before Memorial Day announcing Bill Clinton was involved, which I'm sure was really not that reassuring to most Americans.”
Ed Rendell: Sestak Situation is A-OK! Mostly.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, on the other hand, found the Sestak imbroglio to be less, er, pungent. He said he used the same tactic to draw a candidate out of the 2006 Pennsylvania primaries race. He did, however, admit that stonewalling on behalf of the White House was “not smart,” saying: “This explanation is perfectly reasonable. They should have put it out there at the beginning."
Colin Powell: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Will Be Repealed
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he’s confident Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—the law requiring gay military members to keep their sexuality secret—will be repealed in an interview with Jack Tapper on This Week. But Powell cautioned that even though the country has changed greatly since the rule was enacted 17 years ago, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of some of the controversial issues involved.
Heckuva Job, BP!
In what might just become their “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job!” moment, BP's managing director, Bob Dudley, went to the mat defending embattled CEO Tony Hayward on Meet the Press, saying, “I think he’s done a great job of leading a company to stand up and do the right thing.”
Politicians Lag Behind Military Brass and Voters on Gay Ban
On The Chris Matthews Show, Matthews noted that three-quarters of Americans favor letting gays serve openly in the armed forces. Will the Republican Party decide to be “anti-gay” to score points with conservative voters on the issue? Politico’s John Harris says that, despite the pro-gay rights views of some conservatives (like Dick Cheney), for a handful GOP lawmakers, the answer is yes.
Monica Crowley Is Not Pleased with Obama’s Gulf Response
Discussion of President Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill grew heated on The McLaughlin Group, as Monica Crowley ranted that Obama seemed unsure whether the head of the Minerals Management Agency was fired. Crowley lists the numerous ways the president could have taken action, before concluding that “the perception of incompetence” will stick to Obama just as it stuck to the Bush administration after Hurricane Katrina.
Adm. Mullen: Don’t Rush DADT
Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed concern on CNN’s State of the Union that he’s afraid the movement to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is being rushed, saying, "Ideally, I would certainly have preferred that legislation not be brought forward, in terms of the change, until we are completed with [our Pentagon] review."