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Obama Sells US Judge Nomination For Health Care Vote; Gibbs: “Whatever it takes to get health care done”

March 3rd, 2010 by AHFF Geoff

President Barack Obama Nominated tbe Brother of "Undecided" House Democrat Jim Mathesan to Apparently Purchase Matheson's health care vote

In a deal reminiscent of the shady deals Obama cut with Democratic Senators from Louisiana (“Louisiana Purchase”) and Nebraska (“Cornhusker Kickback”) to get Senate health care votes, Obama nominated the brother (Scott M. Matheson, Jr.) of “undecided” House Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Ut.) on Wednesday in an apparent sale of Rep. Matheson’s vote for the price of his brother’s nomination.

Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 surely would have opposed such a blatant backroom deal by the President to purchase a health care vote from a wavering Congressperson, as Candidate Obama pledged in 2008 that all negotiations amongst politicians would be “televised on C-SPAN” to avoid the creation of backroom deals by politicians amongst themselves and/or with special interest groups.   Public disclosure of the appointment of Rep. Matheson’s brother to the US Attorney position comes in the midst of Obama’s call today for the Democratic leadership of Congress to use reconciliation to avoid the GOP filibuster and pass health care.

Commenting today regarding Obama’s hectic efforts to obtain passage of the massive, signature initiative of his Presidency, top White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stated the White House is doing “”whatever it takes to get health care done.” Today’s disclosure of the apparent use of a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals federal judicial nomination as a bargaining chip to obtain House health care votes could result in increased opposition amongst many Americans to the passage of Obamacare.

UPDATE: Hotair points out an interesting quote from Obama today in light of the news of the Obama’s appointment of the brother of “undecided” House Dem Jim Matheson (D-UT) to an appellate seat: “I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform.” Apparently Obama may be including the sale of federal appellate seats as part of doing “everything” in his “power to make the case for reform.”

UPDATE #2: Ed at Hotair points out that during the health care summit, Obama used more time than anyone else and ran over hsi claimed amount every time he spoke yet continuously scolded the GOP to be “brief”. Yet another example of Obama’s “do as I say and not as I do” mindset, similar to the CSPAN transparency claim outlined above.

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5 Responses to “Obama Sells US Judge Nomination For Health Care Vote; Gibbs: “Whatever it takes to get health care done””

  1. Hmmm says:

    Perhaps if some of you paid as close attention to the previous adminitration earlier on as you do this one this country might be in better shape. How pathetic, a country that sat in silence a decade and allowed the country to be ran into the ground are now all of a sudden trying desperatly to destroy the next President. This country deserves whatever it gets.

  2. CoolChange says:

    Why should we be surprised that Obama will lie and do sleazy backroom deals when he sat in Rev. Wright’s Church for 20 Years and said he had no idea that Rev. Wright was preaching the hatred of whites and America? Obama is a Phony. Always has been. Can’t be trusted.

  3. Linda says:

    to HMMMMMM it may concern, you haven’t been paying much attention NOW. So you will get what you deserve; no transparency. But wait–transparency was what you were suppose to get wasn’t it? That’s what he said.

  4. Janney says:

    Has obamas people responded to this?

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